Empire Falls

Empire Falls

DVD - 2005
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A powerful portrait of blue-collar America, a timeless tribute to the inherent decency and good humor that sustains working-class people in everyday life.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 14, 2014

Everyone's had the experience of seeing a beloved book turned into a disappointing movie, but whom do you blame when the author writes the screenplay? Richard Russo adapted his award-winning novel for this 2-part, 3-hour HB0 film. The longer format allows it to capture some of the Dickensian detail of the title small town and its colorful characters, but it is missing something and, despite a great cast, moves slowly and fails to engage the way the book did. It is notable as Paul Newman's last role (he was also in "Nobody's Fool," another Russo adaptation) and he's great as Ed Harris's eccentric, but lovable codger of a father. The cast also includes Newman's wife Joanne Woodward, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Aidan Quinn, Helen Hunt (miscast as always), Dennis Farina, Estelle Parsons, and William Fichtner.

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cxg194
Aug 18, 2010

I loved this cute mini-series. I see why Paul Newman won "outstanding supporting actor" for it -- he was BRILLIANT in it!

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mbazal
May 27, 2010

I really did not like this movie. It seemed to never end!

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mbazal
May 27, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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mbazal
May 27, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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mbazal
May 27, 2010

mbazal thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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mbazal
May 27, 2010

Set in the small, decaying, and nearly bankrupt town of Empire Falls, Maine, this is the story of Miles Roby, the unassuming manager of the Empire Grill, who has spent his entire life in the town.

He has an ex-wife, Janine, who has become a cocky, selfish bachelorette after losing weight and exercising rigorously. This is partly due to encouragement from Walt Comeau, an antagonistic fitness center owner who visits the Empire Grill every day and has moved into Roby's old house by this point.

Roby also has a loving teenage daughter nicknamed "Tick" who is dealing with Zack Minty, her relentless ex-boyfriend, plus an emotional conflict over her mother's engagement to Walt. In addition, she has a complicated friendship with John Voss, an emotionally disturbed boy at school whose hard-luck story is known all too well around town. The obnoxious jock Zack and his friends constantly bully John.

Other important people in Miles' life include his grubby ne'er-do-well father, a rascal who can't resist a handout when it comes his way; his reformed marijuana smoking brother, who is a talented Empire Grill cook; his good-hearted ex-mother-in-law, who owns a bar; the town's wealthiest woman, a condescending matron who owns the Empire Grill; that woman's daughter, who has loved Miles for many years; an attractive waitress, a retiring police chief and a dimwitted police officer, who is Zack's father.

Miles is plagued by flashbacks of his family when he was a child, including a mysterious affair between his mother and a suitor, the details of which might answer some questions Miles has had his entire life.

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mbazal
May 27, 2010

"Don't be staring at my boobs, Miles. We were married 20 years, they never interested you the whole time." - Janine

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