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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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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »
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 Grace Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
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 David Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Francine Whiting (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Walt Comeau (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Jimmy Minty (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Bea (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Charlene (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Cindy Whiting (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Horace (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Zack Minty (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Tick Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
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 John Voss (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Father Tom (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Father Mark (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Bill Daws (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Narrator / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Young Miles (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Nurse (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Inspector (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Mrs. Rodrigue (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Miles at 20 Years (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Justice of the Peace (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Man at Bar (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Banker (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Man on Beach (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Young Policeman (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Miles Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Charlie Mayne (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Janine Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Max Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
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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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The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Helen Hunt, Estelle Parsons and Philip Seymour Hoffman; and one Oscar nominee Ed Harris. See more »

Goofs

When Miles and Tick are sitting at the restaurant bar, the camera cuts from the two of them to a close up. When it returns a Sprite can magically appears in front of Tick. See more »

Quotes

Max Roby: You're ready to come home?
Tick Roby: Can we?
Max Roby: Ask your father, not me. Old men don't get to vote. Old men gotta keep their mouth shut and do as they're told like they're stupid.
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Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #12.143 (2005) See more »

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Knock On Wood
Written by Steve Cropper & Eddie Floyd
Performed by Amii Stewart
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
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Interesting way to portray the town scapegoat.......
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Miles Roby seemed like the town loser or so it first seems but as things progress you realize he's not the loser, it's everyone else around him! Meanwhile he has spent his whole life steering clear of their recklessness. Everyone around him is just a mess and he is trying to stand clear of their small self destructions. The character had this pillar of the community like persona but everyone was just dumping on him....projecting their own faults, miseries and failures onto him. It almost seemed like it was his purpose....or at least in their eyes. They only get away with it because of this huge chip on his shoulder he has trouble seeing around.......

By the end of the movie you figure out what is really going on and that this man is in all likeliness the most stand up guy in town.... and everyone resents him for it.

In the end he really starts to push back but they could have done SOOOOO much more with this character and final resolution.

I really liked this film even though I found it fairly lacking in some ways. They should have explored the scapegoat angle more and had Miles really stick it to everyone in the end but I guess having him handle it with grace was really good too.


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