- General info
Pity the poor film director (William H. Macy) who's arrive only to discover that the local mill - a crucial location for his movie, since it's titled 'The Old Mill' - burned down in 1960. The idealistic screenwriter (Philip Seymour Hoffman) would rather pursue a pure-hearted local girl (Rebecca Pidgeon) than do a last-minute rewrite; the bimbo starlet (Sarah Jessica Parker) is now baulking at her contractual nude scene; a local teenager (Julia Stiles) is only too willing to exploit the indiscretions of the film's skirt-chasing star (Alec Baldwin), and of course, the power-wielding producer (David Paymer) is panicking about everything.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Rebecca Pidgeon, Michael Higgins, Michael Bradshaw, Morris Lamore, Allen Soule, Clark Gregg, Ricky Jay, Julia Stiles, Matt Malloy, Charles Durning, Tony V., Tony Mamet, Jack Wallace, Michael James O'Boyle, Charlotte Potok, Christopher Kaldor, Frederic Levy, J.J. Johnston
- David Mamet
- Sarah Green
- David Mamet
- Release Date:
- Run Time:
- 100 minutes
- English Dolby Digital 5.1
- English, English Hard of Hearing
- DVD Regions:
- Region 2
- Aspect Ratio:
- Widescreen 1.85:1
- Cast and Crew Interviews
- Theatrical Trailer
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Great cast but a comedy that hasn't aged well
- State and Main review by Mr Aquarium
This should be an engaging film, and critics at the time liked it; Radio Times still gives it 4 stars - "superb comedy". Despite the great cast, however, it somehow doesn't really take off. The lead actor's penchant for underage girls no longer seems a funny quirk in the age of Jeffrey Epstein, and there's something too male about the tone of the film, despite the quite appealing performances of the female actors. As with some of David Mamet's other films, the script isn't quite as clever as [you feel] he thinks it is.
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