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
Edited by Richard Francis-Bruce
1984 Films
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Myriad Pictures (International)[2]
Release date
  • 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.


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]



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 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]


  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[dead link]
  4. ^ Waggoner, Martha (April 24, 2009). "Directors, actors stay true to Foote's script". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Brush with fame starts with day on 'Main Street'". The Durham News. May 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "They're wrapping up on 'Main Street' though the plot is suspiciously close to Sinclair Lewis' celebrated novel of the same title.". 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)

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