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Scotland, Pa. (2001)

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A modernized retelling of "MacBeth" set in 1970s suburban Pennsylvania. Joe McBeth, an unambitious hamburger stand employee, is driven to success by his scheming wife.

Director:

Billy Morrissette
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Le Gros ... Joe 'Mac' McBeth (as James LeGros)
Maura Tierney ... Pat McBeth
Christopher Walken ... Lieutenant McDuff
Kevin Corrigan ... Anthony 'Banko' Banconi
James Rebhorn ... Norm Duncan
Tom Guiry ... Malcolm Duncan (as Thomas Guiry)
Amy Smart ... Stacy (Hippie #1)
Timothy 'Speed' Levitch ... Hector (Hippie #2) (as Timothy Speed Levitch)
Andy Dick ... Jesse (Hippie #3)
Geoff Dunsworth Geoff Dunsworth ... Donald Duncan
Josh Pais ... Douglas McKenna
Reed Rudy ... Kevin 'Tanman' McKane
John Cariani ... Ed the Cop
David Wike ... Jimmy McMann
Nicola Lipman Nicola Lipman ... Mrs. Lenox
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Storyline

Joe McBeth is a hard-working but unambitious doofus who toils at a hamburger stand alongside his wife Pat, who has a significant edge in the brains department. Pat is convinced she could do a lot better with the place than their boss Norm Duncan is doing, so she works up a plan to usurp Norm, convincing Mac to rob the restaurant's safe and then murder Norm, using the robbery as a way of throwing the police off their trail. Though two stoners and a would-be fortune teller warn Mac that bad luck awaits him, he gathers his courage and goes through with his wife's scheme. At first, things seem to have gone just as Pat hoped, and after Norm's sons sell the restaurant to the McBeths (they pay for it with the money they stole from Norm), business takes off. But vegetarian police detective McDuff is convinced there's foul play at the new center of the fast food universe, and when the McBeths fear that fry cook Banco knows more than he's letting on, Mac takes charge in the plotting department ... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Greasy Spoon. Bloody Murder. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some nudity, drug content and brief violence
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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimele din Scotland See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,366, 10 February 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$384,098, 30 June 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer/director Billy Morrissette got the idea for setting Macbeth at a restaurant while in high school. He was working at a Dairy Queen in South Windsor, Connecticut, and was "reading a lot of Shakespeare at the time". See more »

Goofs

When McDuff is interviewing people in the restaurant, his glasses disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

Quotes

Joe 'Mac' McBeth: I love your cones, baby.
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This Film Is Dedicated to the Cast and Crew See more »

Connections

Version of Macbeth (1916) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Been To Spain
Written by Hoyt Axton
Performed by Three Dog Night
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Enterprises
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CLIFF'S NOTES FOR THE FAST-FOOD SET
11 February 2002 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

SCOTLAND, PA (2002) ***1/2 James LeGros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken, Kevin Corrigan, James Rebhorn, Thomas Guiry, Geoff Dunsworth, Andy Dick, Amy Smart, Timothy Speed Levitch. Fun, funny and skeweringly clever concoction/re-imagination of Shakespeare's "MacBeth" transplanting the classic play into the titular hamlet locale circa 1975 centering around a fast-food joint with some duplicitous characters (Le Gros and Tierney as Mr. & Mrs. McBeth here) attempting to dethrone its owner (burger king Rebhorn) thru murder until local police Lt. McDuff (wryly dry Walken) investigates the sordid affair. Highly imaginative with a game cast (including Dick, Smart & Levitch as a trio of hippies standing in as the Greek chorus witches here), terrific costumes by David Robinson and FM rock nuggets underscoring the chicanery at hand. A real hoot for purists and non-initiated in the Bard alike. (Dir: Billy Morrissette – trivia note: Ms. Tierney's real-life better half)


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