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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.

Director:

Donald Petrie

Writers:

Doug Richardson (story), Tom Schulman (screenplay)

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

May the best man lose. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mooseport See more »

Filming Locations:

Brantford, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,775,132, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:

$14,470,947

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,615,099
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As can be found online, many fans of legendary (usually dramatic) actor Gene Hackman are begging for him to do one more movie so that Welcome to Mooseport isn't his final film. See more »

Goofs

It is mentioned in a newscast at the beginning of the movie that Monroe Cole was a two term President. Since he succeeded real life President Bill Clinton (as mentioned by one of his employees) who served from 1993-2001, his second term would have ended in 2009, not 2004 when the movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

Sally Mannis: Are you doing the plumbing for the whole town now?
Handy Harrison: No I came to see you.
Sally Mannis: Through the drain?
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Connections

Referenced in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) See more »

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a nice political comedy
31 December 2004 | by MLDinTNSee all my reviews

While not laugh out loud funny, this movie was entertaining and amusing. Gene Hackman played the best character, a popular ex-President who moves to his vacation home only to find himself running for mayor. His character is very stereo-typical of what people think of politicians being, which is a good thing. When making speeches, he says what the audience wants to hear, he tries to dig up dirt on the opponent, etc... And Ray Romano is the opponent, Handy who everyone in town knows. He doesn't like to take risks and isn't opinionated. He's been dating Sally for six years, but hasn't popped the question.

Not only do the two run for mayor, they also but heads over Sally. The recently divorced President asks Sally out and she accepts. Of course, his people call the press and they are hounded by cameras. The Pres starts losing book deals and speech tours, so he wants to step down from running but doesn't want it to look like he got beat by his plumber. And the race ends in the happiest way possible.

Some of my favorite scenes were the president's golf game, the ex-first lady calling out the secret service in the woods who are there to throw golf balls for the president. Fred SAvage and his line of sight with the pres; the architect who keeps having to shrink the model of the presidential library. A lot of the political humor was just tongue in cheek.

FINAL VERDICT: I liked it. At least the plot made sense and it was amusing, which is more than I can say for a lot of movies now days. So, if you are looking for some entertainment, I recommend it.


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