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Empire Falls

Empire Falls (2005)

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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

Sep 13, 2005

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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.

May 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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.
July 24, 2010

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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.
June 16, 2010

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?
July 31, 2008

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Empire Falls" starts with Miles Roby(Ed Harris), the manager of the Empire Grill in economically depressed Empire Falls, Maine(The town's main employer, the mills, closed years before), having just returned from his annual vacation in Martha's Vineyard with his daughter, Tick(Danielle Panabaker), only to find his ne'er-do-well father(Paul Newman) trying to hotwire his car. Miles' ex-wife, Janine(Helen Hunt), is about to marry Walt Comeau(Dennis Farina), the owner of a local fitness emporium. Miles has managed the restaurant for the last twenty-five years on behalf of Francine Whiting(Joanne Woodward) and assumes he will be granted ownership on the event of her death.(The Whiting family does not own Empire Falls, "only what is important.")[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]An HBO miniseries, based on the novel by Richard Russo, "Empire Falls" is about living in a small town, especially one that is poor, and how it is especially hard to escape the past living there. A great cast including Robin Wright Penn and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the flashbacks and Theresa Russell playing a waitress do not stick out but instead lend authenticity to the material. The miniseries avoids giving in to sentimentality and quirkiness for most of its length but the climax is loudly contrived and it is ten minutes too long in mistakenly trying to wrap everything up too neatly. Despite its length and ambitions, it does not amount to much. [/font]
July 26, 2006
Walter M.

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