Empire Falls (2005)

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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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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


Drama | Romance


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28 May 2005 (USA)  »

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The final on-screen acting project for Paul Newman. See more »


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


Miles Roby: How does it feel, Francine? To know your husband shot himself in the head rather than spend one more minute on this earth with you?
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Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »


Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
Written by Slim Willet
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Great film, great cast
12 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the premiere in NYC, and I work with one of the cast members, so my take on the movie is a bit biased.

I also grew up in Maine, and know several of the locations well. All told, the production captured the sense of community in Maine very well. Look out the window of the Empire Grill for the best music store chain in the country, Bullmoose Music, or the background for other Maine details - Gifford's Icecream, Hannaford's, Route 201, Kennebunkport (and the Bush compound at Walker Point).

The film is excellent, and managed to translate the Richard Russo novel quite well. There was little changed or left out from the book - keep in mind this is a nearly 4 hour mini-series in two parts, 8 chapters. Watch it in two installments, late May, 2005 on HBO.

There is a very interesting dynamic with Paul Newman playing the passionate opposite of real-life wife Joanne Woodward, playing the rational and controlling matriarch. Ed Harris is the center of the production, and turns in a well considered and Mainer-like performance. Danielle Panabaker also performed well, and will turn into a starlet sooner than later. The supporting cast of Helen Hunt, Dennis Farina (hilarious), Kate Burton (wow), Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright Penn, Aidan Quinn, and Jeff DeMunn add up to an amazing ensemble.

It would be a 10 of 10 if the ending weren't the easy way out of a complex story, a problem with the book as well as the film.

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