State and Main


2000| 105 min | USA
Release Date:
October 12, 2000
Directed by:
David Mamet
Big movie. Small town. Huge trouble.




Echoing the themes of Living in Oblivion and Irma Vep, David Mamet’s seventh feature centers on the havoc wrought on the inhabitants of a small town by a troubled film production. After its leading man’s propensity for teenage girls gets them banished from their New Hampshire location, a film crew relocates to the small town of Waterford, VT, to finish shooting “The Old Mill.” As its title suggests, the film depends on the presence of a genuine mill, something the town is reported to possess. Unfortunately, with only days before principal photography begins, it becomes apparent that the mill in fact burned down decades ago. Unfazed, the film’s director, Walt Price (William H. Macy), places his faith in the ability of first-time screenwriter Joseph Turner White (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to alter the script; what he doesn’t count on is White’s apparently bottomless reserve of angst-fueled writer’s block. The film’s leading lady (Sarah Jessica Parker) refuses to do her contracted nude scene unless she’s give an ungodly sum of cash, while a foreign cinematographer offends the locals by messing with an historic firehouse, and the leading man, Bob Barrenger (Alec Baldwin), dallies with Carla (Julia Stiles), a crafty local teen. Everything comes to a head after Barrenger and Carla are injured in a car accident, which leads White to another emotional quandary and into the arms of Ann Black (Rebecca Pidgeon).

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Clark Gregg as Doug Mackenzie – Rebecca Pidgeon as Ann – Matt Malloy as Hotel Clerk

Michael Higgins … Doc Wilson
Michael Bradshaw … Priest
Morris Lamore … Bunky
Allen Soule … Spud
Clark Gregg … Doug Mackenzie
Rebecca Pidgeon … Ann
Ricky Jay … Jack
Julia Stiles … Carla
Matt Malloy … Hotel Clerk

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Domestic Total Gross: $6,944,471
Foreign Total Gross: $2,261,808
Opening Weekend: $580,163
Widest Release: 462 theaters
Production Budget: NA

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Released: 2001
Available in Widescreen DVD

Bonus Material:

Commentary with Sarah Jessica Parker, William H. Macy, Philip S. Hoffman, Clark Gregg, David Paymer and Patti LuPone
Theatrical Trailer
Cast and Crew Filmographies
Widescreen & Fullscreen versions of the film
5.1 Surround Sound – English
2.0 Stereo Surround Sound – English
English Subtitles and Closed Captions

DVD-ROM Features
Original Web site

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Received 75 metascore out of 100 based on 26 reviews @ [09/29/07]
Overall grade breakdown: A‘s: 12 13.8% B‘s: 40 46.0%

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  1. 2000 Best Film (Mamet) Jury Award – Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
  2. 2000 Best Acting by an Ensemble (Cast) NBR Award – National Board of Review, USA
  3. 2001 Best Ensemble Cast Performance (Cast) OFCS Award – Online Film Critics Society Awards
  4. 2001 Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy (Kaufman) Artios Award – Casting Society of America, USA
  5. 2001 Best Ensemble Cast (Cast) FFCC Award – Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

  1. 2001 Best Screenplay (Mamet) Nomination – CFCA Award – Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
  2. 2001 Best Screenplay (Mamet) Nomination – OFCS Award – Online Film Critics Society Awards
  3. 2001 Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Nomination – Golden Satellite Award – Satellite Awards
  4. 2001 Best Screenplay, Original (Mamet) Nomination – Golden Satellite Award – Satellite Awards


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