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Sunshine State (2002)

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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The restaurant that Reggie Perry and Desiree Stokes Perry stop at to get directions at is at an actual motel in Yulee, Florida. The beach store that is supposedly across the street is actually several miles away on Ameila Island. See more »

Goofs

During the conversation between Desiree and her mother on the beach, the door to the house is suddenly closed, though there is no evidence of anyone having closed it and it makes no sound. See more »

Quotes

Steve Tregaskis: [dressed as a Civil War re-enactor] You can't live in the past.
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Referenced in Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002) See more »

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Florida Belongs to You
Courtesy of the Florida State Archives
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Sayles shines
2 July 2002 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE SUNSHINE STATE (2002) ***1/2 Edie Falco, Angela Bassett, Timothy Hutton, James McDaniel, Jane Alexander, Ralph Waite, Bill Cobbs, Gordon Clapp, Mary Steenburgen, Tom Wright, Mary Alice, Richard Edson, Marc Blucas, Miguel Ferrer, Charlayne Woodard, Alan King, Alexander Lewis. Indie king original John Sayles scores once again in this expertly acted exploration of social class structure, facing past sins and not-so-rosy futures, interracial communities and ultimately the human condition with equal parts stark comedy and poignant drama. Falco and Bassett shine respectively as Floridian natives – one who never left the small resort town, the other finding out the old adage ‘you can never go home again' – and should be ear-marked for awards season.


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