State and Main

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State and Main
State and Main movie poster.png
Promotional poster for State and Main.
Directed by David Mamet
Produced by Sarah Green
Written by David Mamet
Starring Alec Baldwin
Charles Durning
Clark Gregg
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Patti LuPone
William H. Macy
Sarah Jessica Parker
David Paymer
Rebecca Pidgeon
Julia Stiles
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography Oliver Stapleton
Editing by Barbara Tulliver
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release dates August 26, 2000 (Canada)
Running time 105 min.
Language English
Box office $6,944,471[1] (US)
$9,206,279[1] (Worldwide)

State and Main is a 2000 comedy film, written and directed by David Mamet and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Stiles, William H. Macy and Alec Baldwin.

The plot involves the on-location production in Waterford, Vermont of a film called The Old Mill. The actual film was shot in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts; Beverly, Massachusetts; Dedham, Massachusetts; and Waltham, Massachusetts.

Synopsis[edit]

Havoc is wrought on the inhabitants of a small New England town by a troubled film production. After the leading man's penchant for underage girls gets them banished from their New Hampshire location, the crew relocates to the small town of Waterford, Vermont, to finish shooting "The Old Mill".

As its title suggests, the film depends on the presence of a genuine mill, something the town is reported to possess. Unfortunately, with only days before principal photography begins, it becomes apparent that the mill in fact burned down decades ago.

Unfazed, the film's director, Walt Price (William H. Macy), places his faith in the ability of first-time screenwriter Joseph Turner White (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to alter the script. What he doesn't count on is White's apparently bottomless reserve of angst-fueled writer's block. A local bookseller, Annie Black (Rebecca Pidgeon), tries to provide White with inspiration.

The film's leading lady (Sarah Jessica Parker) refuses to do her contracted nude scene unless she's paid an additional $800,000, while a foreign cinematographer offends the locals by messing with a historic firehouse. Meanwhile, the leading man, Bob Barrenger (Alec Baldwin), dallies with Carla (Julia Stiles), a crafty local teen.

Everything comes to a head after Barrenger and Carla are injured in a car accident, which leads White (the only witness) to another emotional quandary and into the arms of Annie. Meanwhile, a powerful movie producer (David Paymer) comes to town to help Price with the ensuing mess.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Full cast[edit]

  • Michael Higgins - Doc Wilson
  • Michael Bradshaw - Town Priest
  • Morris Lamore - Bunky
  • Allen Soule - Spud
  • Clark Gregg - Doug Mackenzie
  • Rebecca Pidgeon - Ann
  • Ricky Jay - Jack
  • Julia Stiles - Carla
  • Matt Malloy - Hotel Clerk
  • Charles Durning - Mayor George Bailey
  • Tony V - Water Delivery Man
  • Tony Mamet - Electrician
  • Jack Wallace - Bellhop
  • Michael James O'Boyle - Chuckie
  • Charlotte Potok - Maude
  • Christopher Kaldor - Officer Cal Thompkin
  • Frederic Levy - Gun Store Owner (as Rick Levy)
  • J. J. Johnston - Stationmaster
  • Patti LuPone - Sherry Bailey
  • Dick Friedman - Postman (as Richard L. Friedman)
  • Kolbie McCabe - Girl on Scooter
  • Emma Norman - Fisherwoman
  • Dee Nelson - Decorator
  • Brian Howe - Bartender
  • Robert Walsh - Trooper #1
  • G. Roy Levin - Salesman with Rubber Duck
  • Matthew Pidgeon - B.B.G. TV Reporter
  • Danny Hovanesian - Bailiff (as Daniel G. Hovanesian)
  • Jerry Graff - Fake Judge
  • Timothy Jernigan-Smith - Billy on Bike
  • Paul Butler - Real Judge
  • Alexandra Kerry - Television Director
  • Ken Cheeseman - Trooper #2
  • Jordan Lage - Doc Morten
  • William H. Macy - Walt Price
  • Lionel Mark Smith - Bill Smith
  • Vincent Guastaferro - Uberto Pazzi-Sforzo
  • Linda Kimbrough - Courtney
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman - Joseph Turner White
  • Jim Frangione - Tommy Max
  • Alec Baldwin - Bob Barrenger
  • Lana Bilzerian - Girl PA
  • Sarah Jessica Parker - Claire Wellesley
  • Laura Silverman - Secretary
  • David Paymer - Marty Rossen
  • Josh Marchette - Production Assistant
  • Jonathan Katz - Howie Gold
  • John Krasinski - Caddy / Judge's assistant(uncredited)
  • Alan Francis - Vermont State Trooper (uncredited)
  • Darrell Geer - Vermont State Trooper (uncredited)
  • Cindy Lentol - Reporter (uncredited)
  • Molly Levine - Girl pictured in Magazine (uncredited)
  • Kevin Foster McCarthy - Airport Van Driver (uncredited)
  • Todd Poudrier - Production Assistant (uncredited)
  • Kate Super - Production Assistant (uncredited)

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