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Scotland, Pa. (2001)

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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Joe 'Mac' McBeth (as James LeGros)
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Anthony 'Banko' Banconi
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Norm Duncan
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Malcolm Duncan (as Thomas Guiry)
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Hector (Hippie #2) (as Timothy Speed Levitch)
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Donald Duncan
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Jimmy McMann
Nicola Lipman ...
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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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What if the McBeths were alive in '75? See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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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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Crimele din Scotland  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$43,366, 10 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$384,098, 30 June 2002
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The same Nova Scotia man happened to own the filming locations for the restaurant, McLeary's Garage, Mac & Pat's trailer, and the den of Mac & Pat's house. He also owned one of the many Camaros. 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 »

Quotes

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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This Film Is Dedicated to the Cast and Crew See more »

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Version of Noite de Reis (1963) See more »

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Can't You See
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
Published by Spirit One Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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Duncan Donuts...
18 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I really didn't get the "Duncan Donuts" gag until I sat down to write this brief review. It's that kind of movie, I guess: it is smarter than you think, but in ways that aren't necessarily very illuminating to the core of the drama.

This take on Shakespeare's MacBeth is both lightweight and light on its feet. It doesn't take itself very seriously but it takes what it wants from the material and spins it into an unexpected and hard to categorize movie. Think "Dazed and Confused" meets the Bard and you're getting pretty close to the mark, but it's campier than that, not as heartfelt, more smart-alecky. There's a little Twin Peaks bound up in the recipe, as well.

Though the material is not as well-crafted as, say, "Shakespeare in Love", the sloppy, homemade quality almost becomes its central aesthetic. It feels like something you'd dream up on a Friday night sitting around a hookah with your best friends, and by Saturday morning nobody could remember quite what you were talking about.

Even though the film utterly lacks the air of serious drama that one normally expects in a rendition of a Shakespearian tragedy, one can't help but wonder if the slapdash charms of this production might not actually lie closer to what versions Shakespeare himself might have seen produced at the Globe...rowdy, loose, untamed entertainment that races from one side of the stage to the other without pausing to ask what its all about.


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