The Spitfire Grill (1996)



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Movie Info

This bittersweet drama centers on the relationship between a young woman and the inhabitants of a small town. With the help of her former warden, ex-con Percy Talbott moves to Gilead, Maine, where she gets a job waiting tables at the Spitfire Grill and tries to rebuild her life.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Lee David Zlotoff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Percy Talbott

as Hannah Ferguson

as Shelby Goddard

as Nahum Goddard

as Joe Sperling

as Sheriff Gary Walsh

as Effy Katshaw

as Johnny B.

as Rebecca Goddard

as Molly Goddard

as Molly Goddard

as Meeshack Boggs

as Customer No. 1

as Neighbor

as Town Member No. 2

as Deputy

as Aaron Sperling

as Customer No. 2

as Customer No. 3

as Woman at Bar

as Man at Bar
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Critic Reviews for The Spitfire Grill

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (15)

Original in some ways but the same old plate of fried green tomatoes in others, this Sundance Festival favorite might rate wider acclaim for its two leads if the overall tone weren't so bloodless and even dreary.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Entertainment Weekly
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Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Like High Plains Drifter as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Spitfire Grill


Saw this years ago, remember thinking it was okay, but pretty predictable and overall nothing impressive considering actors like Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden were in this film. Can't say I remember much of the movie, other than the fact that it's a character study about an ex-convict trying to start over. If you want a great movie with a similar plot and a much better ending, "Sling Blade" is your safer bet.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

One of my favorites...

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

A beautiful movie. The characters are memorable. I wish they made movies like this more often.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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