Empire Falls (2005)

Empire Falls (2005)

Empire Falls





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This two-part HBO miniseries is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Russo. Having long since sacrificed youthful ideals and values to remain in his New England hometown for the sake of his family, middle-aged Miles Roby (Ed Harris) finds his "secure" little world disintegrating when his wife, Janine (Helen Hunt), divorces him. Equally vexing is the emotional and financial pressure exerted by domineering town matriarch Francine Whiting (Joanne Woodward), who owns (among other … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Television, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Russo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 13, 2005
HBO Films

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as Miles Roby

as C.B. Whiting/Charlie...

as Janine Roby

as Max Roby

as Grace Roby

as David Roby

as Francine Whiting

as Jimmy Minty

as Charlene

as Cindy Whiting

as Zack Minty

as Walt Comeau

as Bea Callahan

as Father Mark

as Father Mark

as Bill Daws

as Otto Mayer

as Miles Roby (age 20)

as Young Miles

as Building Inspector

as Young Cindy

as Francine Whiting (ag...

as Mrs. Rodrigues

as Justice of the Peace

as Young Policeman

as Thank You Patron

as Strong Bagger #1

as Strong Bagger #2

as Frowzy Woman

as Housekeeper

as DMV Clerkette

as DMV Patron

as Slick Man

as Secretary

as Secretary

as Florida Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Empire Falls

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

It's better on HBO where it can play over a couple of nights and you get a chance for the story. Because if you try to compress it into a hundred-minute movie, you'd lose all the rich textures at work here.

Full Review… | May 24, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It collapses.

September 11, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for Empire Falls


It is probably not that historical, but it is interesting to see this version of the current state of small-town Maine. The mill is empty and everyone has left. All there seems to be left is a diner, a pub and a church that needs painting.

This movie is chalk full of name actors, and revolves around the life of Miles Roby (Ed Harris). The actors do a great job, and the story is laid out well (although the movie is four hours long). If you like plain stories of how people interact and deal with the life's trials and tribulations, you will like this movie.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


By far, this is one of the best mini-series i've ever seen. It has a great cast, great story and a thematic quality to it. The idea to make the town more of a main character than any particular person is such an interesting way to go, it makes it feel like a Stephen King novel without any scary or supernatural elements to it. I feel like there was a complete story and non of the characters were not given a full treatment.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


This film casted the leads solely based on star power. As such, the only non-phoned-in performances were from supporting players - Penn, Burton, Parsons, Farina - and young unknowns, Pucci as John Voss, and especially Danielle Panabaker as Tick. Terrible accents all around and what was with the lame Our Town-y narration?

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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