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Welcome to Mooseport (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 20 February 2004 (USA)
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A US president who has retired after two terms in office returns to his hometown of Mooseport, Maine and decides to run for Mayor against another local candidate.


Donald Petrie


Doug Richardson (story), Tom Schulman (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Monroe Cole
Ray Romano ... Handy Harrison
Marcia Gay Harden ... Grace Sutherland
Maura Tierney ... Sally Mannis
Christine Baranski ... Charlotte Cole
Fred Savage ... Bullard
Rip Torn ... Bert Langdon
June Squibb ... Irma
Wayne Robson ... Morris Gutman
John Rothman ... Stu
Karl Pruner Karl Pruner ... Dyer
David Macniven ... Cloud
Jackie Richardson ... Martha
Paul Bates ... Bob
Reagan Pasternak ... Mandy


Monroe "Eagle" Cole is a former U.S. President ready to settle into a quaint little town named Mooseport. He's ready to take in the lion's share of endorsement deals and speaking engagements while developing his own presidential library. Meanwhile, Handy Harrison is a local hardware store owner with a girlfriend ready to throw in the towel on their relationship. Just as Monroe is offered the local mayor's position, he's found an unlikely opponent in Handy. But ultimately, both men have a lot to lose when the stakes are raised and a simple competition turns into an all out war. Written by mystic80

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


May the best man lose. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some brief sexual comments and nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


First live-action theatrical feature film of actor Ray Romano who apart from shorts and television had only done voice work in a cinema movie which was the animated Ice Age (2002). See more »


When Handy and the President are playing golf for Sally, the President says "I'll take a seven", referring to how many strokes it took him to get the ball in the hole. Handy replies "actually, it's 15" but his lips are clearly saying "14". This happens again, in a close up, after Handy describes each of the president's strokes. See more »


Grace Sutherland: [after kissing Monroe] That was no handshake, you son of a bitch.
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Raymond on the silver screen
10 June 2010 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Ray Romano makes the bold first step into feature films and judging by this films gross and other reviews it looks like his foot got burned.

This film is an enjoyable enough piece with a few good laughs and a decent story. Romano and Hackman work well together and Fred Savage is good as the Presidents aide.

It just lacks that killer punch that Romanos sitcom has and the jokes don't run as fluently as they could. Romanos character is so similar to his sitcom character that we are left waiting for his co-stars on the show to appear. Sadly they do not

Romano is a charming and funny guy and his charm carries the film and it is only when he is not on screen the film that the film really starts to flag. With the right script Romano could still have a film career but I think if he's waiting for the script for "Welcome Back to Mooseport" to come through his letterbox he could be waiting a long time.

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Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mooseport See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,775,132, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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