May-Alice Culhane was a successful soap opera star, but a car accident has left her bound to a wheelchair. She returns to her now-empty family home in the bayous of Louisiana which she had ... See full summary »
Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages... See full summary »
Dan Rivera González
Real estate developers descend upon a sleepy coastal Florida community with the promise of big money and bigger changes. Torn between honoring family obligations and the lure of quick cash, the locals greet the outsiders with a wildly mixed reception. Marly Temple is eager to give in and sell the family business to start over. As caretaker of her father's motel and restaurant, she's grown resentful of missed opportunities. However, she finds a glimmer of hope in a tentative romance with a visiting landscape architect. Desiree Perry left town years ago to escape a scandal and make a name for herself as an actress. Reluctantly returning home, she finds her strong-willed mother unwilling to let go of the past. Written by
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
On shooting location, a road was being blocked and a couple of patrons could not get to a bar across the street until the crew was done shooting that particular scene. While in the middle of filming a scene, one man furious with waiting runs across the scene and moons the camera, eventually making it to the bar safely. See more »
Early in the film when Francine is talking with one of the developers, they pass a sign in the foreground that says "Amelia Island", the filming location, instead of the film's fictional location, Plantation Island. See more »
Interesting, multi-faceted story of the lives of folks on Florida's
Plantation Island. Many compelling characters populate this film: some
sad, some funny, all very real. Great cast includes Edie Falco
(The Sopranos), Angela Bassett, Timothy Hutton, James McDaniel, Alan
King and Mary Steenburgen. Writer/director John Sayles seems (in my
view) incapable of making a bad film. As with all filmmakers, some are
better than others. This one falls somewhere in the middle. Sayles has
made such excellent films in the past: Eight Men Out, Matewan, Lone
Star, and Limbo (to name a few), that when he simply makes a good film
it can somehow seem a bit disappointing. Certainly not for all tastes,
Sunshine State impressed me, and I give it a 4 (out of 5).
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