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The Spitfire Grill (1996)

Cast: Alison Elliott, Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, more...
Director: Lee David Zlotoff, Lee David Zlotoff
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Drama, Independent
Running Time: 116 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Synopsis
This debut drama from writer-director Lee David Zlotoff (creator of the TV series MacGyver) won the audience award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. Alison Elliott stars as Percy Talbott, an ex-convict who's come to the small Maine town of Gilead in the hope of finding work and a place to start her life over again. With the help of the local sheriff, she lands a waitress job at the Spitfire Grill, eventually winning over the crusty owner Hannah (Ellen Burstyn) and simple-minded fellow waitress Shelby (Marcia Gay Harden) with her hard work and trustworthiness. Percy even finds a new love with a woodsman, Joe (Kieran Mulroney) and befriends a hermit (John M. Jackson) who lives in the nearby woods and is regularly fed by Hannah. When Hannah falls ill, Percy devises a scheme to help her sell the café in a national contest, but Shelby's husband Nahum (Will Patton) doesn't trust Percy's motives -- and his suspicion leads to tragedy. The Spitfire Grill, which played as a cross between To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), got initial financing from an organization of Roman Catholic priests and sold at Sundance for a then-record $10 million. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

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This movie means well but... by lividsnails January 3, 2005 - 6:58 PM PST
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
... it's cheezy, sappy and predictable. Geez, finding out it was commissioned by a bunch of priests I feel bad criticizing it but it makes sense. The movie feels more like a Sunday school lesson than a provocative piece of art. I'm sorry. I'll go say my fifty Hail Marys now. :-(




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