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Scotland, Pa. (2001)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  22 January 2001 (USA)
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A modernized retelling of "MacBeth" set in 1970s suburban Pennsylvania. Joe McBeth, an unambitious hamburger stand employee, is driven to success by his scheming wife.

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Malcolm Duncan (as Thomas Guiry)
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Joe McBeth is a hard-working but unambitious doofus who toils at a hamburger stand alongside his wife Pat, who has a significant edge in the brains department. Pat is convinced she could do a lot better with the place than their boss Norm Duncan is doing, so she works up a plan to usurp Norm, convincing Mac to rob the restaurant's safe and then murder Norm, using the robbery as a way of throwing the police off their trail. Though two stoners and a would-be fortune teller warn Mac that bad luck awaits him, he gathers his courage and goes through with his wife's scheme. At first, things seem to have gone just as Pat hoped, and after Norm's sons sell the restaurant to the McBeths (they pay for it with the money they stole from Norm), business takes off. But vegetarian police detective McDuff is convinced there's foul play at the new center of the fast food universe, and when the McBeths fear that fry cook Banco knows more than he's letting on, Mac takes charge in the plotting department ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, some nudity, drug content and brief violence
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22 January 2001 (USA)  »

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$43,366 (USA) (8 February 2002)

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$384,098 (USA) (28 June 2002)
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Writer/director Billy Morrissette got the idea for setting Macbeth at a restaurant while in high school. He was working at a Dairy Queen in South Windsor, Connecticut, and was "reading a lot of Shakespeare at the time". See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, Pat's "perfect" soft ice cream cone is half as tall and not nearly as shapely when she pulls it from the machine as when she lifts it up to show Doug. See more »

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McDuff: Let me get this straight. You got me here to kill me. Norm wasn't enough?
Joe 'Mac' McBeth: Norm was an accident.
McDuff: Accidentally got tied up and fell in the fryilator?
Joe 'Mac' McBeth: You know what... it's kind of hard to explain, you sort of had to be there.
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Version of Macbeth (1915) See more »

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Absolutely bizarre but effective adaption of the Shakespeare tale.
15 May 2002 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Absolutely bizarre but effective adaption of the Shakespeare tale "MacBeth" by frist-time writer and director Billy Morrissette. In "Scotland, PA.", a '70s-like working class-like couple, Joe and Pat McBeth (James LeGros and Maura Tierney), who both work at Duncan's, a small-town fast food joint, dream of running their own restaurant and go to great lengths to earn it. However, they get their opportunity by sending their boss, Norm Duncan (James Rebhorn) to an unpleasant demise and quickly give the place a complete make-over. Before the duo think that they're never be caught and tried for their crime, a police lieutenant named McDuff (Christopher Walken), strolls into town to look into the case and find out who is responsible for Duncan's death. There's isn't a lot of funny moments in the movie, nevertheless, it makes you want to giggle with delight. The standouts here are Tierney and LeGros, who are fine in holding their ground throughout the time. As for Walken, who handles his character like Peter Falk did as Columbo or Frances McDormand in "Fargo" very well, gives the viewer another reason to enjoy the movie. This movie may not be well-made as "Shakespeare in Love", but this film also has the emotional edge and that counts as well.


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