State and Main

State and Main

Alec Baldwin
Director: David Mamet Cast: Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
, Charles Durning
Charles Durning
, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
David Mamet


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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). ~ Rebecca Flint Marx

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2001
UPC: 0794043525230
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Baldwin Bob Barrenger
Charles Durning Mayor George Bailey
Philip Seymour Hoffman Joseph Turner White
Patti LuPone Sherry Bailey
William H. Macy Walt Price
Rebecca Pidgeon Ann Black
Sarah Jessica Parker Claire Wellesley
David Paymer Marty Rossen
Julia Stiles Actor
Ricky Jay Actor
Jim Frangione Actor
Clark Gregg Actor
Linda Kimbrough Actor
Michael Higgins Actor
Lonnie Smith Actor
Alan Soule Actor
Chris Kaldor Actor
Laura Silverman Actor
Jack Wallace Actor
J.J. Johnston Actor
Lionel Mark Smith Actor

Technical Credits
David Mamet Director,Screenwriter
Alec Baldwin Executive Producer
Jon Cornick Executive Producer
Cas Donovan Asst. Director
Sarah Green Producer
Rachel Horovitz Co-producer
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Mruvka Co-producer
Mark Ordesky Co-producer
Theodore Shapiro Score Composer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Barbara Tulliver Editor

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State and Main 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest, best written and intelligent movies I've seen in a long time. It's easily Mamet's most accessible (i.e. mainstream) work and anyone with an attention span of more than five minutes will definitely enjoy it! Of course this rules out quite a few people these days!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was GREAT! The writing, the acting, everything was so well done! This film is a perfect introduction to Mamet's work! If you are intelligent enough to understand the undertone, you will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this for the first time yesterday and immediately rewound it and watched it again to catch all the little extra bits that went by too fast the first time. The movie has a wonderful surreal quality that makes even the most absurd of situations seem plausible. The acting is wonderful across the board with Rebecca Pidgeon and William H. Macy being the highlight. A great introduction to Mamet's rather odd view of the world and a delightful look at the bizarre ways that people behave when confronted with the famous as well as the lengths to which the famous will go to protect themselves from the consequences of their actions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is really boring. I watched it yesterday and while watching it I went to do the dishes because doing the dishes was more fun believe me!!! The only reason I gave it 2 satars was because famous actors such as Alec Baldwin is in it!!!!!!!!