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Sunshine State (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 12 July 2002 (USA)
A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.

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Murray Silver
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Jefferson Cash
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Buster Bidwell
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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 her life. As caretaker of her father's motel and cafe, she has 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 many 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 Susan C. Mitchell <susanm@indirect.com>

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Greetings from... Sunshine State. Take a vacation with John Sayles. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, a sexual reference and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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12 July 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,072, 23 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,064,356, 17 November 2002
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Trivia

The restaurant that Reggie Perry and Desiree Stokes Perry stop at to get directions at is at an actual motel in Yulee, Florida. The beach store that is supposedly across the street is actually several miles away on Ameila Island. See more »

Goofs

When the bulldozer is about to tear down the trees, there are tracks in the dirt from previous takes. See more »

Quotes

Marly Temple: Shots. Tequila. I figure, you're gonna drink, why fuck around?
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References Lone Star (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Merle World
Written by Kostas Lazarides, Jim Lauderdale
Performed by Jim Lauderdale
Courtesy of Dualtone Music
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Shines Brightly
1 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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