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Series cast summary:
 Grace Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
 David Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
 Francine Whiting (2 episodes, 2005)
 Walt Comeau (2 episodes, 2005)
 Jimmy Minty (2 episodes, 2005)
 Bea (2 episodes, 2005)
 Charlene (2 episodes, 2005)
 Cindy Whiting (2 episodes, 2005)
 Horace (2 episodes, 2005)
 Zack Minty (2 episodes, 2005)
 Tick Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
 John Voss (2 episodes, 2005)
 Father Tom (2 episodes, 2005)
 Father Mark (2 episodes, 2005)
 Bill Daws (2 episodes, 2005)
 Narrator / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
 Young Miles (2 episodes, 2005)
 Nurse (2 episodes, 2005)
David Altshuler ...
 Inspector (2 episodes, 2005)
Doree A. Austin ...
 Mrs. Rodrigue (2 episodes, 2005)
 Miles at 20 Years (2 episodes, 2005)
Michael Brockman ...
 Justice of the Peace (2 episodes, 2005)
William Clark ...
 Man at Bar (2 episodes, 2005)
 Banker (2 episodes, 2005)
 Man on Beach (2 episodes, 2005)
 Young Policeman (2 episodes, 2005)
William Clark ...
 Man in bar (2 episodes, 2005)
 Miles Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
 Charlie Mayne (2 episodes, 2005)
 Janine Roby (2 episodes, 2005)
 Max Roby (2 episodes, 2005)


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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Did You Know?


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 »


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


John Voss: [holds a gun at Tick Roby] This is what I dream.
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Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #12.152 (2005) See more »


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The ghost of the past
31 May 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Richard Russo's brilliant novel gets a full movie treatment from HBO Films under the direction of Fred Schepisi. This multi layered saga of people in a small and forgotten town in Maine follows Mr. Russo's novel and makes its people come alive, as portrayed by some of America's best actors working as an ensemble under Mr. Schepisi's unobtrusive direction.

Empire Falls serves as a metaphor for all that has happened in most New England towns when industry abandoned them and unscrupulous liquidators came to pick at the bones of whatever was left behind in order to make an easy buck.

At the center of the story we find Miles Roby, a decent man who has to deal with the present day realities and try to keep his family together. As played by Ed Harris, Miles offers the actor one of the best roles he has given us in years. Helen Hunt, on the other hand, seems to be miscast in the role of Janine; her fake accent doesn't seem to help her.

Paul Newman, as the eccentric patriarch of the Roby family, loses himself in his role and we forget we are watching anyone by that crazy Max Roby. Philip Seymour Hoffman makes a great contribution with a small appearance. Robin Wright Penn is seen briefly also as Grace, Miles mother who is a key figure in the story.

The rest of the cast is excellent.

The best thing that can come out of this adaptation is that people will flock to read Richard Russo's novels because he is an important voice in American literature.

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