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Sunshine State (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 12 July 2002 (USA)
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A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.

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John Sayles

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John Sayles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Lewis Alex Lewis ... Terrell Wilkins
Alan King ... Murray Silver
Cullen Douglas ... Jefferson Cash
Clifton James ... Buster Bidwell
Eliot Asinof Eliot Asinof ... Silent Sam
James McDaniel ... Reggie Perry
Angela Bassett ... Desiree Perry
Edie Falco ... Marly Temple
Amanda Wing Amanda Wing ... Krissy
Timothy Hutton ... Jack Meadows
Perry Lang ... Greg
Miguel Ferrer ... Lester
Gordon Clapp ... Earl Pinkney
Kyle Meenan Kyle Meenan ... Dick Yordan
Mary Steenburgen ... Francine Pinkney
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Real estate developers descend upon a sleepy coastal Florida community with the promise of big money and bigger changes. Torn between honoring family obligations and the lure of quick cash, the locals greet the outsiders with a wildly mixed reception. Marly Temple is eager to give in and sell the family business to start over her life. As caretaker of her father's motel and cafe, she has grown resentful of missed opportunities. However, she finds a glimmer of hope in a tentative romance with a visiting landscape architect. Desiree Perry left town many years ago to escape a scandal and make a name for herself as an actress. Reluctantly returning home, she finds her strong willed mother unwilling to let go of the past. Written by Susan C. Mitchell <susanm@indirect.com>

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Greetings from... Sunshine State. Take a vacation with John Sayles. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, a sexual reference and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Terra do Sol See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,072, 23 June 2002

Gross USA:

$3,065,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,369,654
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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John Sayles: almost gets hit by the golf ball in the closing scene. See more »

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Quotes

Marly Temple: The important thing is to keep that smile on your face, even when you're drowning.
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References Lone Star (1996) See more »

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Can't Let Go
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Performed by Lucinda Williams
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Great actors, noble intentions, lousy movie
28 October 2003 | by bababearSee all my reviews

SUNSHINE STATE is about Big Ideas. Grief, it even has a Greek chorus to comment on the action- how's that for being self-important! But since these ideas are delivered in such a heavy-handed way, it's oddly like watching a pageant put on by a civics class at Beverly Hills High School.

The story deals with a small town in Florida where real-estate developers are threatening to change the way of life. Other than the beach, the town doesn't have much going for it. Characters talk a lot about how they either got out or wish they had gotten out. There's a local pirate festival that nobody but the stressed-out lady who's ramrodding it seems to care about. But for some reason this mosquito infested area is supposed to inspire developers to want to spend wads and wads of money turning it into a hot tourist spot.

Out of respect for the actors, I didn't name any names. Sigh. If this had been done on Broadway it would have closed opening night and been forgotten. But that's the curse/blessing of film. SUNSHINE STATE will be around to haunt these good people for the rest of their careers. Between cable, tape, dvd's and whatever the future may bring, they'll have to explain to their grandchildren why they bet on a dead horse like this. Now THAT would make an interesting movie.


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