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The Spitfire Grill (1996)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 September 1996 (USA)
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Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire ... See full summary »

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Lee David Zlotoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Elliott ... Percy Talbott
Ellen Burstyn ... Hannah Ferguson
Marcia Gay Harden ... Shelby Goddard
Will Patton ... Nahum Goddard
Kieran Mulroney ... Joe Sperling
Gailard Sartain ... Sheriff Gary Walsh
John M. Jackson ... Johnny B. / Eli
Louise De Cormier Louise De Cormier ... Effy Katshaw
Ida Griesemer Ida Griesemer ... Rebecca Goddard
Lincoln Grow Lincoln Grow ... Molly Goddard
Emerson Grow Emerson Grow ... Molly Goddard
Sam Lloyd Sr. Sam Lloyd Sr. ... Meeshack Boggs
Lisa Louise Langford Lisa Louise Langford ... Jolene
Forrest Murray Forrest Murray ... Stuart
Patty Smith Patty Smith ... Customer #1
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Storyline

Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring resentment and fear in some, and growth in others. Written by Erich Boleyn <erich@uruk.org>

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To a town with no future, comes a girl with a past.

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spitfire Grill See more »

Filming Locations:

Peacham, Vermont, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$150,049, 25 August 1996

Gross USA:

$12,658,486

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,658,486
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SDDS | Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An early Christian film made by The Sacred Heart League, Inc. to raise money for Auto Immune Disease research and treatment. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Percy: [answering call] Maine tourist office, how can I help you today?
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Little Kicks (1996) See more »

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Written and Produced by Wayne Peet
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Beautiful and Sensitive Movie
6 May 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Percy Talbott (Alison Elliot) is a young woman, who has just left jail, and goes to Gillead, a small town in Maine looking for a new beginning of her life. She gets a job in a diner place called Spitfire Grill, owned by Hannah Ferguson Ellen Burstyn). Hannah lost her beloved son Elli in Vietnam, and is a very aggressive woman. Her nephew Nahum Goddard (Will Patton) is the local real-estate broker and has been trying to sell the place for ten years. He mistreat his wife Shelby Goddard (Marcia Gay Harden), questioning her intelligence most of the time. When Percy arrives in town, she changes the behavior not only of Hannah and Shelby, but of the local citizen, and deep secrets are disclosed. I bought the VHS "Spitgrill Fire" in 1998 and only today I have watched it. It is a sensitive story, filmed in beautiful locations in Maine and very supported by the performance by the outstanding central trio of actresses. The story is delightful most of the time and although having a good message in the end, I did not like the fate of Percy. I know life may be unfair, there are many envious and prejudicial people, but the story is fiction so I believe the writer used a very "heavy hand" to conclude the destiny of Percy. I would prefer a most commercial end for her character. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Spitfire Grill – O Recomeço" ("Spittfire Grill – The New Beginning")


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