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Empire Falls (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Romance  -  28 May 2005 (USA)
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A decaying New England town is the backdrop for its unique citizens, lead by unassuming restaurant manager Miles Roby.

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Miles Roby
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Charlie Mayne
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Max Roby
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Grace Roby (as Robin Wright Penn)
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David Roby
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Cindy Whiting
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Tick 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jerry Goldsmith agreed to do the score, but died before he was able to finish it. 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

Janine Roby: People can change, and I'm changing.
Bea: You're not changing, Janine, you're just losing weight.
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Connections

Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Magic Moments
Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Performed by Dennis Farina
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Empire Falls is a tale of small town people, struggling to find themselves and their sense of dignity.
9 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Empire Falls is a remarkably intelligent piece of work, so very different from most mindless Hollywood films today. The smooth blend of comic and tragic with satiric overtones was brilliant. The easy transition from past to present reminds us all of the interdependence of child and parent, and the poignancy of different types of love. It reminded me of what films used to be capable of portraying in an era before mindless special effects took the place of human drama. The cast and crew should be commended for their artistic integrity in not succumbing to the current trend in the entertainment industry to cater to the lowest common denominator. I hope some Hollywood producers think about the fact that film can be thought-provoking, and not just a series of electronic jolts.

Empire Falls was a clear indication that there are still actors and actresses out there, and there are stories to be told without resorting to egregious remakes of old television series. If film is to be a viable part of culture, it needs to stimulate the mind of the viewer, and this film does that by creating complex characters who come to life on the screen. The issues of ambition and failure and love and hate pertain to us all, and the range of ages of the characters allowed for a wide identification. Empire Falls is a shining example of what the entertainment industry is capable of producing when it sets its mind on portraying the reality of the human condition with all of its weaknesses and strengths.


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