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Main Street (2011)

Colin Firth , Orlando Bloom , John Doyle  |  PG |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom, Patricia Clarkson, Amber Tamblyn, Andrew McCarthy
  • Directors: John Doyle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HI4LMI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Main Street" on IMDb

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MAIN STREET is a contemporary drama about several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In the midst of challenging times, each of the colorful citizens of this close-knit North Carolina community from its mayor to a local police officer to a once-wealthy tobacco heiress will search for ways to reinvent themselves, their relationships and the very heart of their neighborhood.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There Is A "Main Street" In Every Town ... February 2, 2012
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This is a little movie that boasts a big ensemble cast, including a surprise cameo performance. I was happy to see this actor after quite a while. The film offers a nice look into a portion of the United States that is of particular interest to me. One has the opportunity to see and hear the people of Durham, North Carolina. The way in which they regard each other with such respect is well appreciated.

I would have liked to give this movie another star. There is a couple of weaker points in this. The movie, in itself, is charmingly well-acted and the plot is solid. I just wish they could have further pulled-out the storyline by adding some time, or even shortened it, to more robustly develop the plot. For some, the ending may be questionable even a possible let down.

Gus Leroy (Colin Firth) arrives in Durham traveling from a small town in Texas. There, he and his company have developed the town, employed the people and even added recreational properties. Now in Durham he wishes to do the same by renting Georgiana Carr's (Ellen Burstyn) emptied tobacco warehouse. He wishes to utilize it to store his company's hazardous waste, comes into conflict with the town, Carr herself, and her niece, Willa Jenkins (Patricia Clarkson). While the three are personally tackling several conflicts, along with the town itself, there is another side issue occurring.

Mary Saunders (Amber Tamblyn) along with Harris Parker (Orlando Bloom), who is now one of the city's police officers and going to college to become a lawyer, were once a couple. She is grasping at straws in an attempt to leave Durham for a fuller life, while Harris stays living with his mother and looking out for her welfare.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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"The company sent me to look for towns or cities that might benefit from our services. Durham was on my list." The town of Durham, like most cities has been hit hard by the bad economy. People are moving out and the unemployment rate is high. Gus Leroy (Firth) comes into town with a track record of helping towns recover and end unemployment. The town is unsure of his method, storing hazardous waste until it can be transported. This is another movie that proves that just because a movie has no CGI or explosions every five minutes it receives no marketing and the release it needs. This is a movie that is full of great actors and great performances. The plot is not that exciting, but the acting makes up for it. Colin Firth does a fantastic job in this movie of playing a guy who you aren't sure of. The entire movie he keeps you on edge wondering if he is really as good as he seems. Much like "Company Men" this is a movie that is a serious subject that sounds boring when you read it, but the acting makes it great. A must watch. Overall, a great movie filled with great acting that deserves a bigger audience then it will get. I give it an A.

Would I watch again? - Yes I would.

*Also try - Company Men
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Character Study of Small Community Life August 13, 2011
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This movie was a good character study of small community life. Having been brought up in a small town myself I could really relate to the characters. It was a sweet, sensitive, modest film that enthralled me. The acting is superb. Some people will find it slow moving. I enjoyed it however.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it April 13, 2014
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I thought it was a well-done movie. But the descriptive text is very misleading. "Oscar winner Colin Firth & Orlando Bloom star in a drama from the writer of To Kill A Mockingbird." To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee. That is the ONLY book she ever wrote. She had nothing to do with this movie. The screenwriter of Main Street was Horton Foote. He was also the SCREENwriter of To Kill a Mockingbird.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch this movie if ... December 25, 2012
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If you like your movies fast-paced and action-packed with lots of glitz and glamor, funny and snappy repartee, then don't watch "Main Street". You'll be disappointed. If you like your plot lines neatly wrapped up so you don't have to wonder who ends up with whom or who ultimately succeeds or fails, then don't watch this movie. You'll be unfulfilled. But if you enjoy a down-to-earth story showing how no single action or decision is ever free from repercussions on others - for good or for ill - or if you like a challenging sympathetic character study that reveals how real people meet gut-wrenching difficulties with grace and courage, then you'll be encouraged by this movie.

As for the actors, Ellyn Byrstyn is amazing (as always) as a fearful elderly woman watching her life - and her resources - dwindling to nothing. Colin Firth is kind of the red-herring in this film. I was taken aback at first to see him portraying a good a ole small town Texas boy - with appropriate swagger and drawl - who's made his fortune in the hazardous waste business. And while he may be devoid of so much as a shred of the dashing and genteel "Mr Darcy", he does look awfully good in jeans and cowboy boots.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The little explanatory blurb Amazon provided with this movie gave the impression that Harper Lee had written the story behind this film. In fact, she hasn't written for publication since "To Kill a Mockingbird". Horton Foote was actually the writer of the screenplay based on "TKAM" written by Lee, and he also wrote the screenplay for "Main Street". Harper Lee had nothing to do with it.

Now that I've straightened that out, I'll say that I really enjoyed this sleepy southern drama about a toxic waste team who comes to the dying town of Durham and offers jobs and money to the residents in return for a permanent place to keep the waste (which happens to be a former tobacco warehouse owned by an old woman played to perfection by Ellen Burstyn). Patricia Clarkson plays her loyal niece, and Colin Firth portrays the hazardous waste advocate who tries to convince the town's leaders that turning it into a toxic waste dump will rejuvenate Durham.

There's a subplot involving Orlando Bloom's town cop carrying a torch for a restless local girl, but the underlying theme is that a town is what you make it, not what you imagine it is, and the grass may not necessarily be greener on the other side of the fence. It's not at all a simplistic story of the Good Guys (the town) versus the Bad Guys (the toxic waste company) even though it starts out looking that way. It's much more nuanced, which makes it worth watching. Curiously, two of the actors (Firth and Bloom) playing southerners are actually Brits but are totally convincing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hats off to Colin Firth
It would have been 5 stars if the the story didn't end in such a hurry. It's like maybe they ran out of money and had to wrap it up sooner than planned. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my mother love colin firth movies that why I buy it fo rher on her birthday
Published 4 days ago by wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Food for thought for sure!
Published 5 days ago by Ilex
2.0 out of 5 stars Great actors and a good story but
Great actors and a good story but.... It is not developed, not completed, not datisfying. Seems to stop dead just when the scene has been set. What a waste.
Published 7 days ago by southwest lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was just an ok movie nothing that good.
Published 9 days ago by Anonymous
2.0 out of 5 stars So confused...what was happening?
Mostly, I was very confused by this movie. Yes, Colin Firth's accent is terrible, yes its a slow movie, yes there is a sudden ending with no closure, but there is some decent... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Nikki S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very slow moving.
Published 15 days ago by paula kramp
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Clean Movie
This is a very sweet story. It is low key and very well acted. I was surprised to see Colin Firth with a Texas drawl which he did very well. It is a clean movie. I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Franny
3.0 out of 5 stars I was a bit bored with it
I didn't finished it, I was a bit bored with it.
Published 17 days ago by Priscilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
Very good show about a small town and the people living there. Corporate America comes in and tries to destroy it! I cannot tell you any more without spoiling the plot.
Published 27 days ago by mjordan
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