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Empire Falls 

TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | TV Mini-Series (2005)
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A decaying New England town is the backdrop for its unique citizens, led by unassuming restaurant manager Miles Roby.
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Ed Harris ...  Miles Roby 2 episodes, 2005
Philip Seymour Hoffman ...  Charlie Mayne 2 episodes, 2005
Helen Hunt ...  Janine Roby 2 episodes, 2005
Paul Newman ...  Max Roby 2 episodes, 2005
Robin Wright ...  Grace Roby 2 episodes, 2005
Aidan Quinn ...  David Roby 2 episodes, 2005
Joanne Woodward ...  Francine Whiting 2 episodes, 2005
Dennis Farina ...  Walt Comeau 2 episodes, 2005
William Fichtner ...  Jimmy Minty 2 episodes, 2005
Estelle Parsons ...  Bea 2 episodes, 2005
Theresa Russell ...  Charlene 2 episodes, 2005
Kate Burton ...  Cindy Whiting 2 episodes, 2005
Jeffrey DeMunn ...  Horace 2 episodes, 2005
Trevor Morgan ...  Zack Minty 2 episodes, 2005
Danielle Panabaker ...  Tick Roby 2 episodes, 2005
Lou Taylor Pucci ...  John Voss 2 episodes, 2005
Nesbitt Blaisdell ...  Father Tom 2 episodes, 2005
Adam LeFevre ...  Father Mark 2 episodes, 2005
Stephen Mendillo ...  Bill Daws 2 episodes, 2005
Larry Pine ...  Narrator / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Miles Chandler ...  Young Miles 2 episodes, 2005
Kortney Adams ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2005
David Altshuler David Altshuler ...  Inspector 2 episodes, 2005
Doree A. Austin Doree A. Austin ...  Mrs. Rodrigue 2 episodes, 2005
Matthew Sean Blumm ...  Miles at 20 Years 2 episodes, 2005
Michael Brockman Michael Brockman ...  Justice of the Peace 2 episodes, 2005
William Clark William Clark ...  Man at Bar 2 episodes, 2005
Matthew Dixon ...  Banker 2 episodes, 2005
Bradley J. Van Dussen Bradley J. Van Dussen ...  Man on Beach 2 episodes, 2005
Troy Faucher ...  Young Policeman 2 episodes, 2005


A drama that swoops in on Empire Falls, an economically depressed mill town in Maine, and lifetime resident Miles Roby, who's run the town's top restaurant for some twenty years. Miles is surrounded by his newly thin wife, meddling father, and hostile boss. Written by Anonymous

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Every small town has a big story


Drama | Romance


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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

28 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire Falls See more »

Filming Locations:

Augusta, Maine, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


| (2 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The football game in the movie was actually a scrimmage between Skowhegan High School and Waterville High School. Most of the extras in the stands were residents of both towns. See more »


During the wedding scene, Horace goes from having his left hand in his lap to holding a cup between shots. See more »


Janine Roby: People can change, and I'm changing.
Bea: You're not changing, Janine, you're just losing weight.
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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »


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Written by Steve Cropper & Eddie Floyd
Performed by Amii Stewart
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Fine Adaptation of a Great Book
28 July 2006 | by coolrobbieSee all my reviews

It took me weeks to read the book, which, for me, is unusual. It wasn't that I didn't like it; to the contrary, I couldn't believe how terrific it was. But I could not put my finger on why it was taking me so long to read, until I reached the final third of the book: I simply did not want it to end. I had come to know the characters so well, through the deftness of Richard Russo's prose, and had come to like (at least most of) them, that I couldn't bring myself to say goodbye.

Such was my reaction to HBO's film version of this great American novel.

Others here have praised the production, so I'll only add my brief thoughts: The cast, from the main players to the secondary characters, is uniformly excellent, with one or two exceptions. It was thrilling to see Joanne Woodward back on the screen, but she interprets the role with a softness that, in my opinion, was entirely absent from the actual character she was portraying. So, a point or two off there. Otherwise, the acting was brilliant.

The screenplay adhered very closely to the novel, but some key dialog was disappointingly missing. I recognize that a 400+ page book, to be translated to film, requires editorial discretion. Still, a few things were lost that should have remained.

While the first half takes its time to establish characters and relationships, the second half feels rushed, and the ending definitely so. I couldn't help but feel that something was left on the cutting room floor. But then again, I didn't want it to end in the first place.

Because I am such a fan of the book, I was eager for my wife to see the movie (she hasn't read the book). So, I had a lot invested in the hope that they wouldn't screw it up. When the final credits rolled, I looked over at her, and her tears were flowing. "I didn't want it to end," she said quietly.

And neither will you.

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