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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)
Michael Brockman ...
 Justice of the Peace (2 episodes, 2005)
William Clark ...
 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 final on-screen acting project for Paul Newman. 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 »

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Miles Roby: [referring to Max] He becomes a public nuisance when he tires of being a private one.
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Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #12.152 (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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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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