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State and Main (2000)

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A movie crew invades a small town whose residents are all too ready to give up their values for showbiz glitz.

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David Mamet

Writer:

David Mamet
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Higgins ... Doc Wilson
Michael Bradshaw Michael Bradshaw ... Priest
Morris Lamore Morris Lamore ... Bunky
Allen Soule Allen Soule ... Spud
Clark Gregg ... Doug Mackenzie
Rebecca Pidgeon ... Ann
Ricky Jay ... Jack
Julia Stiles ... Carla
Matt Malloy ... Hotel Clerk
Charles Durning ... Mayor George Bailey
Tony V. ... Water Delivery Man
Tony Mamet Tony Mamet ... Electrician
Jack Wallace ... Bellhop
Michael James O'Boyle Michael James O'Boyle ... Chuckie
Charlotte Potok Charlotte Potok ... Maude
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Storyline

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 Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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When a film crew came to Waterford, Vermont - They Shot First And Asked Questions Later. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexual images | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Fine Line

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

12 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

State & Main See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$580,163, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,920,692, 11 March 2001
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Bob Barrenger: Beats workin'.
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Crazy Credits

Only 2 animals were harmed during the filming of this motion picture. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of the Old Mill
Words by David Mamet
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Sung by Patti LuPone
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Slight but colorful
18 January 2004 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

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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