A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.
Following the theft of a postal-order, a fourteen-year old cadet is expelled from Naval College. To save the honour of the boy and his family, the pre-eminent barrister of the day is engaged to take on the might the Admiralty.
Having left New Hampshire over excessive demands by the locals, the cast and crew of "The Old Mill" moves their movie shoot to a small town in Vermont. However, they soon discover that The Old Mill burned down in 1960, the star can't keep his pants zipped, the starlet won't take her top off, and the locals aren't quite as easily conned as they appear.Written by
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David Mamet's 'State and Main' is part screwball comedy and part showbiz satire. It is the story of a big- budget film production that wreaks moral havoc in a quaint New England town in America. Sending up Holly wood and Main Street USA with equal glee, the film was brought to life by a richly talented ensemble cast that encompasses marquee names, art-house favorites, and respected film and theatre veterans. Cleverly plotted, shrewdly observed, and is filled with the hilarious, rapid-fire dialogue that is Mamet's trademark, the film's production notes declare that 'State and Main' "is a comedy executed with consummate flair". See more »
Walt Price reads aloud from a brochure that the Old Mill was built in 1825. Then there's a tight shot of the brochure and you can see clearly that the text says the mill was built in 1838. See more »
The filmmakers who invade Vermont are patronizing, condescending and pig-headed...to the locals and to each other. Writer-director David Mamet gets in some good acerbic digs at show business and isn't afraid to make anyone and everyone look the fool. After all, it's only "just a movie" to us--to them, it's brain surgery at a cost. The cast seems to be having a great time, Alec Baldwin in particular. Philip Seymour Hoffman has never been so benign--and thats a good thing (what a nice change to see him relaxed, romantic and clean-cut). The picture isn't a barn-burner, it never crackles or builds comedic momentum like, say, "Tootsie", but it's a flip, funny, unfettered throwaway. **1/2 from ****
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