Scotland, Pa. (2001)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe 'Mac' McBeth (as James LeGros)
Malcolm Duncan (as Thomas Guiry)
Stacy (Hippie #1)
Hector (Hippie #2)
Jesse (Hippie #3)
Geoff Dunsworth ...
David Wike ...
Nicola Lipman ...


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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Greasy Spoon. Bloody Murder. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some nudity, drug content and brief violence




Release Date:

22 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Listeia... sketi tragodia  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$384,098 (USA) (28 June 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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The oven mitt that Pat McBeth uses to cover up the burn mark has the same tartan as the clan McBeth. See more »


When Pat McBeth chops her hand off, she falls left of her position directly in front of her severed hand. Later she is shown lying on the floor. Her body is facing the correct position, but she is far to the right of the point of view of the previous scene. See more »


Pat McBeth: We're not bad people, Mac... just underachievers who have to make up for lost time.
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Version of Macbeth (1908) See more »


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Written by Paul Rodgers
Performed by Bad Company
Published by Badco Music Inc. (ASCAP)
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Maura Tierney is a thief...She steals this Movie....
6 September 2004 | by (nyc) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, the few other reviewers were expecting Caddyshack or something. This is a Black Comedy, and it is very good. The scenes are quick and engaging. The actors are well suited for their characters. The Duncan brothers could have their own sequel. Christopher Walken is very sly and humorous, shaking his castanetta's while trying to solve a murder. If it was not made aware to you, this is a 1980's version of Macbeth, with Maura Tierney and James LeGros playing the scheming murderous couple, the McBeths. A hamburger restaurant is at the center of the action, with the McBeths being willed the restaurant from their former boss, Mr. Duncan. The cinematography very much captures Pa., as well as the sets.

Two final comments. The soundtrack was one of the best I have heard in years. Bad Company songs make up about half of it, with sprinklings of other ditties included as well. The second and most important is that Maura Tierney steals this film. Every scene she is in, you are transfixed to her. Her actions, her (in some cases) vulgarity and her great acting makes this her showcase. The scene with her and the pharmacist at the end is hysterical as she attempts to remove a burn from her hand which has long since healed. Bravo Maura and Bravo to this little movie that SHOULD have been a bigger success. Shakespeare adaptation not withstanding, you do not need to be familiar with the Bard to enjoy this film.

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