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State and Main [DVD] [2001]

Philip Seymour Hoffman , William H. Macy , David Mamet    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Rebecca Pidgeon, Michael Higgins, Michael Bradshaw
  • Directors: David Mamet
  • Writers: David Mamet
  • Producers: Alan Mruvka, Alec Baldwin, Dorothy Aufiero, Joey Nittolo, Jonathan Cornick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A3OB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,366 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



"A sleepy Vermont town", notes writer-director David Mamet, outlining the plot of State and Main, "gets invaded by a movie company and ... everyone in the town is suborned, polluted, saddened and ruined. So it's a comedy." As indeed it is--and, despite his typically acerbic summary, one of Mamet's most light-hearted films. At times, as in the shyly blossoming romance between screenwriter Philip Seymour Hoffman (playing Mr Nice Guy for once) and bookstore-owner Rebecca Pidgeon, it turns almost sentimental. Mamet's views on Hollywood are notoriously jaundiced ("Hell with valet parking", he once called it), but State and Main never really sticks the knife in. Many of the characters--the single-minded, manipulative director, the nympho actress who won't bare her breasts for the camera, the seemingly naïve locals who prove no less devious than the incomers--are strictly from stock, and much of the film covers similar ground to Alan Alda's underrated Sweet Liberty (1985). Some of the plot feels over-contrived, too. Since they're planning to shoot a movie called The Old Mill, the filmmakers are disconcerted to find on arrival that said mill burned down 40 years ago. Like, the location scouts wouldn't have noticed? Still, Mamet's dialogue is as crisp and literate as ever and the cast turn in diverting performances--especially the ever-excellent William H Macy as the director, and Alec Baldwin, spoofing his own image, as a predatory star with a taste for underage skirt. Altogether State and Main serves up a diverting satire on the lunacies of showbiz, though lacking the last degree of bite.

On the DVD: Extras don't amount to much apart from a batch of cast-and-director interviews. Of these, Mamet and Macy (who share a dry sense of humour) offer the best value. Baldwin sounds oddly star-struck over his fellow-actors; "I'm a fan more than anything", he gushes. With Dolby 5.1 sound and widescreen (1.85:1) the picture sounds and looks handsome, though in such a dialogue-driven movie visual spectacle's hardly a key priority.--Philip Kemp

Product Description

Satire on the movie-making business from writer and director David Mamet. The cast and crew of 'The Old Mill' are forced to move location from New Hampshire to a small town in Vermont due to the excessive demands by the locals. But they discover that a crucial location, the local mill, burnt down 40 years ago in 1960. The scriptwriter (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is more interested in one of the local girls rather than do a last minute rewrite; the lead actress (Sarah Jessica Parker) is moaning about her nude scenes; and the lead actor (Alec Baldwin) is more interested in a local teenage fan than he is in the film. What could possibly go wrong?

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable 2 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film when it came out and found it very enjoyable and I watched it again recently with some friends, all of whom really liked it too. The plot is straightforward - a love story between the writer of a movie and a girl in the town where the movie is being filmed. But the real pleasure is the character acting and cameos by great actors like William Macy and Sarah Jessica Parker, and the satirical look Mamet takes at the whole business of movie-making.
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rebecca Pidgeon are very sweet and lovable as the somewhat incompetent lovers, and there are some amusing twists and turns in the course of the action, until finally the writer is forced to confront his own situation and choose between the money and his own honour/dignity.
It isn't rolling on the floor laughing stuff, but it is witty, gentle, wise and a very effortless comfort video, and generally better written, better filmed and better acted than other films of the same persuasion, e.g Truly Madly Deeply (which I loved) or Sleepless in Seattle. It is a real blend of romantic comedy and poking fun at the movies. But anyone tuning in for Mamet's customary gritty dark exposes of the seamy side of human nature will be a little nonplussed. Nonetheless, a class act.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece from Mamet! 9 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Hat's off to David Mamet who has once again created a screen masterpiece, displaying his genius for the performing arts. A wonderful ensemble cast creates a witty and insightful look into the world of film-making in small town America. Wonderful performances by Rebecca Pidgeon, as Ann Black and Philip Seymour Hoffman, as Joe Turner White whose on-screen chemistry is truly magnetic. William H Macy is a sure fire Best Actor Oscar Nominee and will praise Mamet for delivering perhaps the most intelligent comedy we'll see this year.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A typically meticulous and razor sharp script from David Mamet, is delivered beautifully by an very accomplished cast. Excellent performances as usual from the principles - Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H.Macy and Rebecca Pidgeon. Perhaps the most under-rated performance being David Paymer's acerbic Marty Rossen, who delivers some hilariously ferocious and deadpan lines.
Overall, the film perhaps doesn't quite hit the final top gear to make it really stand out from the wealth of biting American "anti-Hollywood" satires, maybe lacking some of the typically darker edginess of Mamet's work, but it certainly packs more than enough wit, warm, style and punch to not be one to dismiss.
Buy it when it's on offer and you won't be dissappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This speaks of another world 4 May 2014
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One where egotistical people expect ordinary people to shut up and let them walk all over you. The performances were all good, the intermingling plotlines drew to a satisfactory conclusion - very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good film 1 May 2014
By E M
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I really rather like this film. It's a David Mamet script, but it doesn't take itself too seriously, and the cast are great - William H Macy as the selfish director, Philip Seymour Hoffmann as the naive scriptwriter, Rebecca Pidgeon as the local girl he falls in love with, etc. It's like a kind of oldfashioned small town tale; funny and entertaining. It won't change your life or anything, but it's a lovable cosy film to snuggle up to on a winter evening.
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