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Scotland, Pa. (2001)

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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)
Anthony 'Banko' Banconi
Norm Duncan
Malcolm Duncan (as Thomas Guiry)
Hector (Hippie #2) (as Timothy Speed Levitch)
Geoff Dunsworth ...
Donald Duncan
Jimmy McMann
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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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:

Crimele din Scotland  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,366, 10 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$384,098, 30 June 2002
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Le Gros, Tom Guiry, and Geoff Dunsworth, all achieved their 1970s-style long hair by using wigs. See more »


The term "homeless" was not in common use in the mid 1970s. See more »


Douglas McKenna: [He had just gotten fired] I'm so embarassed in front of you... I know you're the only one who really cared about me.
[She's silent]
Douglas McKenna: What is it?
Pat McBeth: I was just thinking how... I've never heard anyone say something so... wrong. If I were you...
[she goes to take his name tag off]
Pat McBeth: Let me get that for you... I would take pride in the fact that I could actually dress myself on a daily basis.
Douglas McKenna: [He leans in to kiss her]
Pat McBeth: You really are one dumb fuck Douglas.
Douglas McKenna: [mouthing] I LOVE YOU.
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Version of Macbeth (1948) See more »


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Written by Max Harris
Published by Bruton/APM (ASCAP)
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11 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

SCOTLAND, PA (2002) ***1/2 James LeGros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken, Kevin Corrigan, James Rebhorn, Thomas Guiry, Geoff Dunsworth, Andy Dick, Amy Smart, Timothy Speed Levitch. Fun, funny and skeweringly clever concoction/re-imagination of Shakespeare's "MacBeth" transplanting the classic play into the titular hamlet locale circa 1975 centering around a fast-food joint with some duplicitous characters (Le Gros and Tierney as Mr. & Mrs. McBeth here) attempting to dethrone its owner (burger king Rebhorn) thru murder until local police Lt. McDuff (wryly dry Walken) investigates the sordid affair. Highly imaginative with a game cast (including Dick, Smart & Levitch as a trio of hippies standing in as the Greek chorus witches here), terrific costumes by David Robinson and FM rock nuggets underscoring the chicanery at hand. A real hoot for purists and non-initiated in the Bard alike. (Dir: Billy Morrissette – trivia note: Ms. Tierney's real-life better half)

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