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





Series cast summary:
 Charlie Mayne 2 episodes, 2005
 Grace Roby 2 episodes, 2005
 Jimmy Minty 2 episodes, 2005
 Cindy Whiting 2 episodes, 2005
 Zack Minty 2 episodes, 2005
 Father Tom 2 episodes, 2005
 Bill Daws 2 episodes, 2005
 Young Miles 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
 Man on Beach 2 episodes, 2005
 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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28 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A múlt fogságában  »

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1.33 : 1
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Paul Newman and Robin Wright Penn also worked together in Message in a Bottle (1999) See more »


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


Horace: I don't eat onions, Miles. I know you've been away, but I haven't changed. I read "The Globe," I write for "The Sentinel," I never send Christmas cards and I don't eat onions.
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Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »


Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
Written by Slim Willet
Performed by Dennis Farina
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Empire Falls is a tale of small town people, struggling to find themselves and their sense of dignity.
9 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Empire Falls is a remarkably intelligent piece of work, so very different from most mindless Hollywood films today. The smooth blend of comic and tragic with satiric overtones was brilliant. The easy transition from past to present reminds us all of the interdependence of child and parent, and the poignancy of different types of love. It reminded me of what films used to be capable of portraying in an era before mindless special effects took the place of human drama. The cast and crew should be commended for their artistic integrity in not succumbing to the current trend in the entertainment industry to cater to the lowest common denominator. I hope some Hollywood producers think about the fact that film can be thought-provoking, and not just a series of electronic jolts.

Empire Falls was a clear indication that there are still actors and actresses out there, and there are stories to be told without resorting to egregious remakes of old television series. If film is to be a viable part of culture, it needs to stimulate the mind of the viewer, and this film does that by creating complex characters who come to life on the screen. The issues of ambition and failure and love and hate pertain to us all, and the range of ages of the characters allowed for a wide identification. Empire Falls is a shining example of what the entertainment industry is capable of producing when it sets its mind on portraying the reality of the human condition with all of its weaknesses and strengths.

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