State and Main


State and Main

Critics Consensus

State and Main offers plenty of wit and laughs in its lampoons of the movie industry.



Total Count: 116


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User Ratings: 8,422
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Walter Price is directing a movie that has gone over budget. Having been kicked out of his New Hampshire filming location, Price must quickly find a new, low budget location that can quickly pass as a 19th Century village. He soon comes across the quaint town of Waterford, Vermont. According to the brochure the town is equipped with a firehouse, a mill and a population eager for the glitter of Hollywood - Price thinks he has it made. However, he soon finds out that the mill, a crucial piece in the film, was destroyed several years ago in a fire. This is the first in a series of mishaps, including a star who prefers young girls and a suspicious car crash, that threaten to shut the film down.


Charles Durning
as Mayor Bailey
Linda Kimbrough
as Costume Designer
Jim Frangione
as Tommy Max, First Assistant Director
Michael Higgins
as Doc Wilson
Vinnie Gustafero
as Uberto Pazzi
Lonnie R. Smith
as Bill Smith
Chris Kaldor
as Cal Thompkin
Laura Silverman
as Secretary
Jerry Graff
as Fake Judge
Jack Wallace
as Bellhop
J.J. Johnston
as Stationmaster
Brian Howe
as Bartender
Matt Malloy
as Scott Larkin, Hotel Clerk
Tony Mamet
as Electrician
Tony V.
as Water Delivery Man
Lana Bilzerian
as Girl Production Assistant
Kolbie McCabe
as Girl on Scooter
Ken Cheeseman
as Trooper No. 2
Jonathan Katz
as Howie Gold
Emma Norman
as Little Kid
Josh Marchette
as Production Assistant
Dee Nelson
as Painter
Paul Butler
as Real Judge
G. Roy Levin
as Salesman
Frederick Levy
as Store Owner
Alexandra Kerry
as Technician
Jordan Lage
as Doc Morten
Leo Burns
as Trooper No. 1
Matthew Pidgeon
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for State and Main

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Audience Reviews for State and Main

  • Oct 22, 2012
    Passable but disappointing considering that this is Mamet and he has a high wattage of acting power behind him. Snoozy and lethargic at times. Witty in others. Inconsistent.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2012
    if you enjoy film then you'll love this film. mamet creates a funny take on the behind scenes of a film already running into trouble.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2011
    I loved almost everything about this movie, it's a pleasant experience with loads of overlapping dialogue, witty dialogue, and warm characters. 'State and Main' has a cast that handles the dialogue well but I got the sense that Mamet was being a bit lazy in his chair, behind the monitor. There is a scene that was not cut, amazingly, where one of the actors just stands there with no direction then haphazardly, as if awaking from a long slumber, chimes in a one-liner. These problems are to be expected with Mamet whose writing is gold and directing rust. Trust Philip Seymour Hoffman to warm ones heart and very, very (cannot stress this enough), surprising that Mamet's muse Mrs. Pidgeon is sweet and loveable and not too esoteric and archaic in her acting methods. 'State and Main' is not a great movie by David Mamet's standards, but if I want to sit back and enjoy a comedy with clever commentary, dialogue to envy, and characters that I like, this light comedy is better than ninety-percent of the comedies produced today. And one quote to give an idea of what to expect: 'It's the truth that you should never trust anybody who wears a bow tie. Cravat's supposed to point down to accentuate the genitals. Why'd you wanna trust somebody whose tie points out to accentuate his ears?'
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    Starts off with lots of potential, but falls short in the last couple acts.
    Wu C Super Reviewer

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