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A decaying New England town is the backdrop for its unique citizens, led by unassuming restaurant manager Miles Roby.
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A drama that swoops in on Empire Falls, an economically depressed mill town in Maine, and lifetime resident Miles Roby, who's run the town's top restaurant for some twenty years. Miles is surrounded by his newly thin wife, meddling father, and hostile boss. Written by Anonymous

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Every small town has a big story

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28 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The football game in the movie was actually a scrimmage match between the local high school football teams, Skowhegan High School and Waterville High School. Most of the extras in the stands were residents of both towns. See more »

Goofs

During the wedding scene, Horace goes from having his left hand in his lap to holding a cup between shots. See more »

Quotes

[about the growth on Horace's forehead]
Max Roby: You should have that thing removed.
Bea: Max.
Horace: What thing?
Max Roby: I'm always afraid it's going to explode when I'm talking to you. What would it cost you to have it cut off?
Horace: Don't know, never looked into it.
Max Roby: Oh, boy, I would have. If I had that thing growing out of my forehead, I'd had it looked into pronto.
Horace: Oh, I don't know, Max. I think it might be the source of my intelligence.
[Bea laughs]
Horace: What if I had it cut off and then found that it was responsible for all my ...
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Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
Written by Slim Willet
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of RCA Records
with permission by Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Good Representation of Small Town Maine
29 May 2005 | by (Skowhegan, ME) – See all my reviews

I live about 150 yards from the "Empire Grill" depicted in this movie. I think Richard Russo did a great job of painting the lifestyles and economic status of central Maine. It seems like there is a business going under every week up here.

Paul Newman and Ed Harris are spectacular in the movie (as with everything else they do). Being a "Mainah" and having to listen to some of the fake accents as Hollywood thinks we talk up here is kind of annoying. Helen Hunt does a terrible accent - sound more like she's from Brooklyn instead of central Maine.

Great picture. I guess it was worth the interruptions they caused in our small town a couple of summers ago!


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