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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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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
Bryant R. Garrett Bryant R. Garrett ...  Thank You Patron 2 episodes, 2005
Stephen E. Hodgdon Stephen E. Hodgdon ...  Strong Bagger #1 2 episodes, 2005
Birdie Newman Katz Birdie Newman Katz ...  Frowzy Woman 2 episodes, 2005
Wilda Keem Wilda Keem ...  Housekeeper 2 episodes, 2005
Tina Konstantoulakis Tina Konstantoulakis ...  Maud 2 episodes, 2005
June Marie Krumholz June Marie Krumholz ...  DMV Clerk 2 episodes, 2005
Carey Lowell ...  Francine at 40 Years 2 episodes, 2005
Josh Lucas ...  Young Max 2 episodes, 2005
David Montgomery David Montgomery ...  Fisherman 2 episodes, 2005
Vincent Lynne-O'Brien Vincent Lynne-O'Brien ...  Restaurant Manager 2 episodes, 2005
Gail R. Pelotte Gail R. Pelotte ...  DMV Clerkette 2 episodes, 2005
Dan Pleva Dan Pleva ...  Slick Man 2 episodes, 2005
Scott Riccio Scott Riccio ...  DMV Patron 2 episodes, 2005
Delia Robertson ...  Candace 2 episodes, 2005
Timothy J. Ryan ...  Brian 2 episodes, 2005
Linda Saulter Linda Saulter ...  Secretary 2 episodes, 2005
Adam L. Sirois Adam L. Sirois ...  Officer Wynn 2 episodes, 2005
James K. Small James K. Small ...  Strong Bagger #2 2 episodes, 2005
Tony Takacs Tony Takacs ...  Justin 2 episodes, 2005
Emily Wachtel ...  Florida Bartender 2 episodes, 2005
Kaile R. Warren Jr. Kaile R. Warren Jr. ...  Workman 2 episodes, 2005
Claire Winters ...  Young Cindy 2 episodes, 2005
Harold Withee Harold Withee ...  Waiter 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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Jerry Goldsmith agreed to do the score, but died before he was able to finish it. See more »


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 »


Charlene: [about Walt] Somebody, shoot him.
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Enjoyable and richly done film...
24 January 2008 | by oogiebob-1See all my reviews

This is about the film. I haven't read the book. So, my take is strictly to the point of commenting on the movie version of the story.

I enjoyed this film for the scenic locations and amazing cast artfully giving us the complex characters of the story.

If you have never been to New England, take it from a recent transplant from Southern California, it is all and more than you imagine or see in the movies. I lived in San Diego for the first 45 years of my life and moved to rural Massachusetts 4 years ago and plan to stay for the second half of my life. This film captures real locations that I have visited in my travels around New England. It's a different world on this side of the country. Not better. Not worse. What is most different is that the everyday landscape just pops out at you in endless contrasts. This film does an excellent job of capturing that.

The intricate stories in this movie develop carefully as details are revealed deftly in smooth transitions to flashbacks. The characters each hold a special interest and stake in the dynamics of life in a town overshadowed by a rich, vengeful widow (Joanne Woodward) wielding her will as she (you-would-think) supposedly struggles with her own guilt. This facet of her character is not easily given up by Joanne Woodward.

Woodward surprises in the unfortunate way she delivers her role in a rather formal style of acting that pre-dates most films made after 1960. She says her lines as if on stage and doesn't really play "in frame" to the camera. Her scenes seem oddly out of sync in the film.

The other actors are thoroughly convincing and imaginative in their portrayals. The motivations and demeanors are all clearly understood even with some of the deliciously portrayed complexities of the characters. The scenes with Ed Harris (as Miles Roby) and William Fichtner (playing Jimmy Minty) are masterfully acted to reveal numerous layers in each character's persona. There is so much more than just dialog going on in those scenes. I'ts absolutely convincing.

Helen Hunt (as frustrated and angry ex-wife, Janine Roby) is just a tiny bit off center in this role. She seems to be trying too hard and ends up all over the place from a crass broad with no humor to a painfully inept mother with no mother's instincts. Her shallow portrayal doesn't allow for much sympathy. Throughout, she just isn't believable. But, you go along because it's Helen Hunt.

The back story of the abandoned high school kid, John Voss, (compellingly acted by Lou Taylor Pucci) and the Roby's daughter (Danielle Panabaker) adds an unusual twist to the story. I can't give away details. But, I think the Voss character needed more attention in the film. We want to know more about him.

The production seems to unravel near the end when it wraps up rather abruptly with the epilogue. Anyone would think they should have taken it farther. It doesn't feel like there is closure even though you know what happens. It's not necessarily clear. Maybe the answer is in the book. Maybe something was edited out for time's sake.

The Special Features are okay. I enjoyed Paul Newman's comments on how much he enjoyed staying in the town where this was filmed in Maine. He mentioned staying in the town and making some new friends.

I'll bet he liked that little harbor side restaurant that was in a few scenes when going to and from Martha's Vineyard. The restaurant is actually in Hyannis on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. I've been there 5 times. Great lobstah at that restaurant. The ferry landing to the Vineyard is just a short walk away.

I enjoyed this series quite a bit on many levels. There is not any one thing that sticks out. It is a high quality production all around. I will watch it again.

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Release Date:

28 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Augusta, Maine, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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