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Main Street (2010)

PG | | Drama | 26 July 2012 (Kuwait)
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Several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In the midst of today's ... See full summary »

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John Doyle

Writer:

Horton Foote
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Gus Leroy
Ellen Burstyn ... Georgiana Carr
Patricia Clarkson ... Willa Jenkins
Orlando Bloom ... Harris Parker
Amber Tamblyn ... Mary Saunders
Margo Martindale ... Myrtle Parker
Andrew McCarthy ... Howard Mercer
Victoria Clark ... Miriam
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Mayor
Tom Wopat ... Frank
Viktor Hernandez ... Estaquio
Juan Piedrahita ... Jose
Thomas Upchurch Thomas Upchurch ... Trooper Williams
Reid Dalton Reid Dalton ... Crosby Gage
Amy da Luz Amy da Luz ... Rita
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Several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In the midst of today's challenging times, each of the colorful citizens of this close-knit North Carolina community, will search for ways to reinvent themselves, their relationships and the very heart of their neighborhood. Written by Anonymous

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durham north carolina | See All (1) »

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An offer too good to be true... it just might be

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, brief language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 2012 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Bom Demais Pra Ser Verdade See more »

Filming Locations:

North Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,553, 11 September 2011

Gross USA:

$2,560

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The old home occupied by Georgiana Carr is located at 206 N. Dillard Street in Durham. It was built about 1909 by a grocery wholesaler (as opposed to 1923 by tobacco magnate, as the movie states), has gone through several owners and configurations, and now is owned and used by the Durham Crisis Reponse Center, an agency that supports victims of domestic violence. The home is across Dillard Street from a television station, and the station's satellite dishes are seen in some shots in the film. See more »

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While Mary and her mother are talking in her bedroom, her mother's hair changes position - alternately behind and in front of her ear. See more »

Quotes

Harris Parker: This city like many in America, has come to a rough moment in its history. A city after all is just a collection of houses and buildings, hopes and dreams that depend on the fortune and determination and fate of its residents. The future, uncertain at best can be fearful or full of promise. It's all in how you see it..."
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A Film That Promises More than It Delivers
14 July 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

At first glance, MAIN ST. would seem to have all the ingredients for an absorbing piece - a top-notch cast (with two Brits doing very creditable Southern accents), a strong sense of place (Raleigh, North Carolina), and a taut, spare script by veteran Horton Foote. Then why is the movie such a disappointment? Its subject-matter is a pertinent one: the decline of American urban life and the schemes hatched by entrepreneurs to regenerate it, which might not necessarily please the existing residents. However the production is particularly slow-moving: the camera spends a long time focusing on tight close-ups of the protagonists, especially Ellen Burstyn as Georgiana Carr. This would be a perfectly acceptable strategy, were it not for the consciously showy nature of the performances: the actors are allowed to get away with the kind of theatrical gestures and facial movements that would not seem out of place in Victorian melodrama. As a result, we end up not really caring about the characters at all. Matters are not helped by the treacly soundtrack (from the normally reliable Patrick Doyle) that obtrudes itself on several occasions. Perhaps the material might have been better if another director had handled it.


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