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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

Father Mark: [about Max] He'd steal from God?
Miles Roby: Yeah, he's pretty fearless as far as God's concerned. I don't know whether he's an atheist or he just thinks he'll be able to bullshit God like he does everybody else.
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Connections

Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #12.143 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
Written by Slim Willet
Performed by Perry Como
Courtesy of RCA Records
with permission by Sony BMG Music Licensing
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Loved the book and the movies
30 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read the book in 4 days in anticipation of the movie coming on. I finished it the afternoon of the screening. Fell in love with the characters, could see the cast as the characters and was disappointed when it was over. I didn't want to it to end.

I though Russo did a great job of turning the book into a screenplay. Since I knew every person, and being a Yankee the town was real in my mind so I feel he carried it off beautifully. I noticed the negative comments I read were mostly from people who hadn't read the book, maybe that is why the big difference of opinion.

I thought the cast was excellent and pulled it off very well. Joanne's part was not a lovable character and she wasn't. Ed Harris was his usual top performance. As for Paul Newman he was MAX. Max was a selfish, worthless, retro bate and yet his presence made every one feel safe. I can't believe that at 80 years old he can still steal the show but he does.

David and Charlene were not used enough but like I said I didn't want the story to end or to leave the town. If this became a weekly series I would be happy.

Dennis Farina was perfect in his part, and Helen Hunt accent or not was the uptight, frustrated, unhappy woman to a "T". Been there and got the tee shirt.

James Minty was played to perfection. I hated and felt sad for him in the same breath. The pain in his eyes matched the hopelessness of Cindy's frantic need for love.

Grace and Charley could not have been played any better. Mrs. Penn and Mr. Hoffman are real. They don't act they just are. THe entire cast was just about perfect.

I don't read much anymore but I would if I knew of another book of this caliber. Thank you Paul Newman for bringing to my attention.

Watch the movie, read the book. You can't loose but you sure can fall in love.


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