Main Street (2010 film)

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Main Street
Main Street Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Doyle
Produced by Adi Shankar
Megan Ellison
Jonah Hirsch
Spencer Silna
Written by Horton Foote[1]
Starring Orlando Bloom
Colin Firth
Andrew McCarthy
Ellen Burstyn
Amber Tamblyn
Patricia Clarkson
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Donald McAlpine
Production
  company
1984 Films
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Myriad Pictures (International)[2]
Release date(s)
  • October 21, 2010 (2010-10-21) (Austin Film Festival)
  • September 9, 2011 (2011-09-09) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,560 [3]

Main Street is a 2010 drama film about several residents of Durham, North Carolina, a city in the Southern U.S., whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown.

Plot[edit]

Each of the colorful citizens of a close-knit North Carolina community—from a once-wealthy tobacco heiress to the city's mayor to a local police officer—will search for ways to reinvent themselves, their relationships and the very heart of their neighborhood.[1][4]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming an action sequence on NC-540 near Durham, NC

The film was shot nearly entirely in Durham, North Carolina in April and May 2009.[5] The screenplay was written by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Horton Foote after he found downtown Durham empty on a weekend visit several years earlier.[6]

Myriad Pictures bought the international distribution rights in May 2009. The film was promoted at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival by its producers and stars.[7][8]

Reception[edit]

Reception for the movie has been predominantly negative, with the film currently holding a 13% rating on the tomatometer. Blog Critics reviewed the film, saying "Everything that occurs in the film feels shallow somehow, and it’s a shame because Main Street had all of the basic elements that would have made it truly, a great film." [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Orlando Bloom Finds Trouble on 'Main Street'". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Myriad walks up 'Main Street'". Variety. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  3. ^ 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies Yahoo Movies
  4. ^ Waggoner, Martha (April 24, 2009). "Directors, actors stay true to Foote's script". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-06-06. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Brush with fame starts with day on 'Main Street'". The Durham News. May 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "They're wrapping up on 'Main Street'". News and Observer. April 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Bay City Native rubs elbows with Hollywood Stars". The Bay City Times. May 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  8. ^ Swart, Sharon (May 21, 2009). "Tarantino gets Cannes off and running". Variety. 
  9. ^ DVD Review: Main Street (2011) Blogcritics.org

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