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Empire Falls 

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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 Charlie Mayne 2 episodes, 2005
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 Grace Roby 2 episodes, 2005
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 Jimmy Minty 2 episodes, 2005
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 Cindy Whiting 2 episodes, 2005
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 Zack Minty 2 episodes, 2005
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 Father Tom 2 episodes, 2005
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 Bill Daws 2 episodes, 2005
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 Young Miles 2 episodes, 2005
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David Altshuler ...
 Inspector 2 episodes, 2005
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 Mrs. Rodrigue 2 episodes, 2005
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 Miles at 20 Years 2 episodes, 2005
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 Justice of the Peace 2 episodes, 2005
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 Man at Bar 2 episodes, 2005
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 Man on Beach 2 episodes, 2005
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 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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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28 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A múlt fogságában  »

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| (2 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The final on-screen acting project for Paul Newman. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Tick Roby: [to Miles] This is John Voss. Uncle David said we needed a new busboy.
David Roby: [to Miles] Take a look at Brian. He looks like a walking appetite suppressant!
Brian: [stumbles into back kitchen area] Hey, Miles!
Miles Roby: Brian, come here for a minute.
[looks at Brian's infected face]
Miles Roby: You gotta go home!
Brian: What do you mean? I can't help it! Something bit me. I can still work.
Miles Roby: Yeah, but people got to eat here.
[takes Brian's busboy bin]
Miles Roby: Go home!
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Connections

Referenced in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #12.152 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Train Runnin'
Written by Tom Johnston
Performed by The Doobie Brothers
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Great film, great cast
12 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw the premiere in NYC, and I work with one of the cast members, so my take on the movie is a bit biased.

I also grew up in Maine, and know several of the locations well. All told, the production captured the sense of community in Maine very well. Look out the window of the Empire Grill for the best music store chain in the country, Bullmoose Music, or the background for other Maine details - Gifford's Icecream, Hannaford's, Route 201, Kennebunkport (and the Bush compound at Walker Point).

The film is excellent, and managed to translate the Richard Russo novel quite well. There was little changed or left out from the book - keep in mind this is a nearly 4 hour mini-series in two parts, 8 chapters. Watch it in two installments, late May, 2005 on HBO.

There is a very interesting dynamic with Paul Newman playing the passionate opposite of real-life wife Joanne Woodward, playing the rational and controlling matriarch. Ed Harris is the center of the production, and turns in a well considered and Mainer-like performance. Danielle Panabaker also performed well, and will turn into a starlet sooner than later. The supporting cast of Helen Hunt, Dennis Farina (hilarious), Kate Burton (wow), Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright Penn, Aidan Quinn, and Jeff DeMunn add up to an amazing ensemble.

It would be a 10 of 10 if the ending weren't the easy way out of a complex story, a problem with the book as well as the film.


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