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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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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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Taglines:

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 »

Filming Locations:

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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Mary Steenburgen and Timothy Hutton; and three Oscar nominees: Jane Alexander, John Sayles and Angela Bassett. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film when Francine is talking with one of the developers, they pass a sign in the foreground that says "Amelia Island", the filming location, instead of the film's fictional location, Plantation Island. See more »

Quotes

Marly Temple: Shots. Tequila. I figure, you're gonna drink, why fuck around?
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Connections

References Traffic (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't Let Go
Written by Randy Weeks
Performed by Lucinda Williams
Courtesy of the Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Shines Brightly
1 September 2003 | by ejwellsSee all my reviews

Interesting, multi-faceted story of the lives of folks on Florida's Plantation Island. Many compelling characters populate this film: some sad, some funny, all very real. Great cast includes Edie Falco (The Sopranos), Angela Bassett, Timothy Hutton, James McDaniel, Alan King and Mary Steenburgen. Writer/director John Sayles seems (in my view) incapable of making a bad film. As with all filmmakers, some are better than others. This one falls somewhere in the middle. Sayles has made such excellent films in the past: Eight Men Out, Matewan, Lone Star, and Limbo (to name a few), that when he simply makes a good film it can somehow seem a bit disappointing. Certainly not for all tastes, Sunshine State impressed me, and I give it a 4 (out of 5).


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