Scotland, Pa.

2001, Comedy, 1h 44m

74 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Though it's not as good as it could have been, Scotland PA shows cleverness at utilizing its premise. Read critic reviews

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"Scotland, Pa." is a black comedy retelling of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," set against the backdrop of a fast food restaurant in the early 70s, rural Pennsylvania. This classic tale of guilt and betrayal centers on the McBeths, Joe "Mac" (James LeGros) and Pat (Maura Tierney) who are stuck in their dead-end jobs at Duncan's Restaurant. Pat is getting restless and hatches a plan as Mac starts to see things - three hippies, (Andy Dick), (Amy Smart) and (Timothy "Speed" Levitch) to be exact.

Cast & Crew

James LeGros
Joe "Mac" McBeth
Christopher Walken
Lt. Ernie McDuff
Kevin Corrigan
Anthony "Banco" Banconi
James Rebhorn
Norm Duncan
Tom Guiry
Malcolm Duncan
Amy Smart
The Hippie Stacy
Andy Dick
The Hippie Jesse
Geoff Dunsworth
Donald Duncan
Raelle Koota
Co-Producer
Karen Lauder
Executive Producer
Deborah Marinoff
Associate Producer
Marcus Ticotin
Executive Producer
Wally Pfister
Cinematographer
Anton Sanko
Original Music
David Robinson
Costume Designer
Tracy McKnight
Music Supervisor
Jennifer Stewart
Production Designer
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Critic Reviews for Scotland, Pa.

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  • Apr 05, 2009
    70s-tastic! Clever adaptation of <i>Macbeth</i> with modern kills, dynasties, and sexplay. Maura Tierney is hot.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2008
    A bit bumpy in execution but an interesting take on updating MacBeth.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2008
    To become king -- of the fast food industry. A wonderful transposition of the MacBeth tragedy. Yeah, it's true, a thousand years ago I guess killing MacDuff's family might have somehow helped expedite the plan, but we're talking the 1970s here, so it really strikes me as more efficient to get right to the root of the problem: Will the power driven James LeGros, spurred by his ruthless soulmate, kill big city cop Chris Walken before the wily veteran vegetarian detective discovers the truth about this twisted couple's grisly push to the top of all fast foodom?<p> The biggest revelation for me in this one is the job Maura Tierney does of descending very believably into the depths of madness. As Lady MacBeth, she works that oil burn as the sign of blood on her hands to true perfection. <p> If for nothing else -- <p> although it is Shakespeare, after all, so even if it sucked, I'd still feel a need to give it a viewing -- <p>you must see this for Tierney's performance. I'm pretty sure she's a TV veteran, although I don't know what show(s), but I really cannot remember ever seeing her in films before. I can't even guess how old she might be, but she is a comer. I'll be on the lookout for more good work from her. A late bloomer perhaps?
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  • Dec 25, 2007
    A personal favorite. Love it!
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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