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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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Storyline

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,064,356, 17 November 2002
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The song "Skeeter Pie" in the closing credits was written as a backup if they had been unable to get rights to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song in the trailer park scene. See more »

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When the bulldozer is about to tear down the trees, there are tracks in the dirt from previous takes. See more »

Quotes

Marly Temple: The important thing is to keep that smile on your face, even when you're drowning.
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References Traffic (2000) See more »

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Buster's Place
Written by Mason Daring, Duke Levine, Tom West, Dave Mattacks,
Mike Rivard
Performed by Flash & The Ruins
Courtesy of Daring Music and Nosam Music
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Sayles again in top form!
20 April 2003 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

John Sayles is without a doubt one of the best writer/directors making films today and even though he doesn't get the backing and respect of Hollywood studio executives the actors in the business all know he's one of the best. Sayles doesn't give in to what the unsophisticated audiences of today expect. He keeps things honest and all of his work is based on personal choices. Like in most of his other films here we see multiple characters all surrounding one event. Here its the story of a resort town that is going to be taken over by a giant company and where most business's and residences will have to leave. One angle has Eunice Stokes (Mary Alice) living in a house that she has lived in for a number of years and she's proud because the house represents being elevated to middle class. Her daughter Desiree Perry (Angela Bassett) is an actress in the Boston area and she is coming to visit with her husband. While Desiree is there, she meets up with an old boyfriend Flash (Tom Wright) who had gotten her pregnant when she was 15. Another part of the film has Marly Temple (Edie Falco) who works with her father Furman (Ralph Waite) at the motel/restaurant that he owns. Marly meets Jack Meadows (Timothy Hutton) who is an architect and scouting the land. A romance blossoms between the two and its a clash of individual ideals. Marly hates working for her father and has become disillusioned and angry as life is passing her buy. Sayles complex script lets the viewer go from character to character and we become understanding of their complexities. The film shows how the characters who left the island went on to a better life and the ones who stayed have to deal with how life is changing all around them until it has finally found them. Its so refreshing to see Bassett in a good role. She's not cast as the girlfriend or some throw away supporting role, its a well written part that shows she is a terrific actress. Falco also shows that she can handle other characters and when "The Sopranos" is over she can step into any other role with ease. Well made and extremely well written, this is another interesting film to add onto Sayles growing resume of fine films.


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