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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plot summary on the back of the play Joe has written reads: "Daniel Dan, a young electrician traveling in North Dakota, has his shoes shined by a veteran of World War II, also named Daniel Dan. The two strike up a quick friendship and decide that fate has brought them together. Tragically, Daniel (the veteran) is electrocuted when Daniel (the electrician) asks him to be his helper on a small residential rewiring. The guilt that Daniel feels over his mistake haunts him for the rest of his life. Adding insult to injury, the rewiring customer never made his final payment due to financial difficulties totally unrelated." See more »

Goofs

Reflected in car window near end of the picture. See more »

Quotes

[Marty eats a piece of bread]
Marty Rossen: Mm, this is good. Have you tried it?
Walt Price: Oh, like I'm really going to eat carbohydrates.
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Crazy Credits

A complete list of this film's associate producers is available upon written request. See more »

Connections

References Gandhi (1982) 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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I guess that Hollywood and small-town America just don't mix!
22 July 2005 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

When Hollywood (with all its ruthlessness, immorality, and other R-rated-or-are-they characteristics) comes to an idealistic small town (with its farms, mom-and-pop stores, and other G-rated-or-are-they characteristics), what could possibly go wrong? The answer is, of course, everything. Director Walt Price (William H. Macy) is uptight, while star Bob Barrenger (Alec Baldwin) can't keep his zipper shut in the presence of local teenager Carla (Julia Stiles). Meanwhile, everyone in town wants a piece of the movie's action, and they won't easily be discouraged from getting it.

"State and Main" just might be David Mamet's funniest movie ever. Poking fun at both Tinseltown and the "ideal small town", he creates a story that's as biting as it is zany.

I have a question, though. Charles Durning plays Mayor George Bailey. Was that name a reference to Jimmy Stewart's character in "It's a Wonderful Life"?


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