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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,064,356, 17 November 2002
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Gordon Clapp and James McDaniel co-starred in several seasons of NYPD Blue (1993), between 1993 and 2001. See more »

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Quotes

Marly Temple: Shots. Tequila. I figure, you're gonna drink, why fuck around?
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If it sounds like Altman, and it looks like Altman...
26 February 2004 | by FranktheRabbitSee all my reviews

(2002/John Sayles) ***1/2 out of ****

"In the beginning.....there was nothing."

Small towns are often used as the backdrop for many films, but seldom is the concept often explored. "Sunshine State", like many other films that tackle the concept, offers a slice of life into the world of the people who inhabit a small town, which is, in this case, a beach front town in Northern Florida.

Plantation Island is a picturesque small town. It's residents include many people ranging from different races, including whites, blacks, and Native Americans. But it goes a little deeper. Some of the characters are native to the area, some are just visiting. Edie Falco plays a down-to-earth motel owner, Timothy Hutton plays a land developer, Angela Bassett plays a woman who has just returned to the island after having left when she was 15, and Bill Cobbs plays a retired doctor who doesn't like where the future of the town is going. Throw in a couple of philosophical golf players, and there you have the island of Plantation.

This film has Robert Altman stamped all over it. And that's basically what it is: a toned down mosaic of Floridians, that looks like it was done by Robert Altman himself. This is a very good movie, with deep characters and a story with multiple layers. But the story and scenery can't make up for the periodic lulls here and there. All in all, an above average film that is worth a look.

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