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Empire Falls 

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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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2005  
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Miles Roby 2 episodes, 2005
...  Charlie Mayne 2 episodes, 2005
...  Janine Roby 2 episodes, 2005
...  Max Roby 2 episodes, 2005
...  Grace Roby 2 episodes, 2005
...  David Roby 2 episodes, 2005
...  Francine Whiting 2 episodes, 2005
...  Walt Comeau 2 episodes, 2005
...  Jimmy Minty 2 episodes, 2005
...  Bea 2 episodes, 2005
...  Charlene 2 episodes, 2005
...  Cindy Whiting 2 episodes, 2005
...  Horace 2 episodes, 2005
...  Zack Minty 2 episodes, 2005
...  Tick Roby 2 episodes, 2005
...  John Voss 2 episodes, 2005
...  Father Tom 2 episodes, 2005
...  Father Mark 2 episodes, 2005
...  Bill Daws 2 episodes, 2005
...  Narrator / ... 2 episodes, 2005
...  Young Miles 2 episodes, 2005
...  Nurse 2 episodes, 2005
David Altshuler ...  Inspector 2 episodes, 2005
Doree A. Austin ...  Mrs. Rodrigue 2 episodes, 2005
...  Miles at 20 Years 2 episodes, 2005
Michael Brockman ...  Justice of the Peace 2 episodes, 2005
William Clark ...  Man at Bar 2 episodes, 2005
...  Banker 2 episodes, 2005
...  Man on Beach 2 episodes, 2005
...  Young Policeman 2 episodes, 2005
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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

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Drama | Romance

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28 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A múlt fogságában  »

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Lou Taylor Pucci and William Fichtner also appeared in The Chumscrubber (2005). See more »

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When Miles and Tick are sitting at the restaurant bar, the camera cuts from the two of them to a close up. When it returns a Sprite can magically appears in front of Tick. See more »

Quotes

Max Roby: You're ready to come home?
Tick Roby: Can we?
Max Roby: Ask your father, not me. Old men don't get to vote. Old men gotta keep their mouth shut and do as they're told like they're stupid.
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Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »

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Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
Written by Slim Willet
Performed by Dennis Farina
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The ghost of the past
31 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Richard Russo's brilliant novel gets a full movie treatment from HBO Films under the direction of Fred Schepisi. This multi layered saga of people in a small and forgotten town in Maine follows Mr. Russo's novel and makes its people come alive, as portrayed by some of America's best actors working as an ensemble under Mr. Schepisi's unobtrusive direction.

Empire Falls serves as a metaphor for all that has happened in most New England towns when industry abandoned them and unscrupulous liquidators came to pick at the bones of whatever was left behind in order to make an easy buck.

At the center of the story we find Miles Roby, a decent man who has to deal with the present day realities and try to keep his family together. As played by Ed Harris, Miles offers the actor one of the best roles he has given us in years. Helen Hunt, on the other hand, seems to be miscast in the role of Janine; her fake accent doesn't seem to help her.

Paul Newman, as the eccentric patriarch of the Roby family, loses himself in his role and we forget we are watching anyone by that crazy Max Roby. Philip Seymour Hoffman makes a great contribution with a small appearance. Robin Wright Penn is seen briefly also as Grace, Miles mother who is a key figure in the story.

The rest of the cast is excellent.

The best thing that can come out of this adaptation is that people will flock to read Richard Russo's novels because he is an important voice in American literature.


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