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Scotland, PA. (2002)

James Le Gros , Maura Tierney , Billy Morrissette  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Le Gros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken, Kevin Corrigan, James Rebhorn
  • Directors: Billy Morrissette
  • Writers: Billy Morrissette, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Andrew Farkas, Deborah Marinoff, Elizabeth Guildford, Jonathan Stern, Karen Lauder
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sundance Channel Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8IB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scotland, PA." on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director Interview and Commentary
  • Insider's Guide to Scotland, PA
  • Bonus Tracks with Snapshots from the Sundance Film Festival

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Think of Scotland, PA. as truck-stop Shakespeare, Macbeth given a drive-through makeover as the deadliest of deadpan comedies. Writer-director Billy Morrissette got this wacky idea from an early job at Dairy Queen. He makes the most of that bad memory by casting his own wife (ER's Maura Tierney) and indie stalwart James LeGros as Pat and Mac McBeth, a married pair of Pennsylvanian schemers, circa 1973, who plot to escape their thankless jobs at Duncan's burger joint. They dispatch Duncan in a sizzling accident (you want fries with that corpse?) and inherit the diner from Duncan's stoner son (who's also a suspect), hoping to prove to Detective McDuff (Christopher Walken, at his funniest) that their newfound happiness is entirely legal. Like The Big Lebowski, this movie's hilarious if you're in on the joke, and familiarity with Shakespeare is optional when you've got a "rock block" of Bad Company hits to keep the grisly comedy on track. --Jeff Shannon

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This wickedly clever spin on the Bard's Macbeth is set in 1970s small-town America, where Joe and Pat McBeth plot to sabotage the owner of a local fast-foodery. Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction, The Deer Hunter) does a droll turn as a cop named McDuff. The Los Angeles Times called it "one of the sharpest Sundance Film Festival movies"-high praise, given the caliber of films introduced at that prestigious annual event. 1-3/4 hours.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McMacbeth October 21, 2002
Format:DVD
As an English teacher who has taught Macbeth to bored students for year after year after year, I love Shakespeare, but could never get most of my kids beyond the "OH NO! SHAKESPEARE!" attitude. This is the film that could do it, if only I could show it in class. I can't, unfortunately, because of the very liberal use of profanity (about every fourth word is the f-word). For myself, however, the film was an absolute joy. It is set in 1970s Pennsylvania, and the power struggle is over a fast food joint, not a country. The film script follows the original script relatively closely, but with a wink and a nod, and tongue firmly in cheek. The first half is hysterically funny, especially for those who know Macbeth and can pick up on the sly references (Witches' Brew Beer! A food fight that sets up Joe McBeth as Duncan's favorite!). The murder of Duncan is particularly strange and funny. The second half gets progressively darker, and the suspense starts to really pick up. Maura Tierney is amazingly on target as (Lady)Pat McBeth, although Joe McBeth (James LeGros) is played as kind of stupid. Christopher Walken is typically sly and strange as Detective McDuff. I also enjoyed the perceptive (but brief) interview with the writer/director in the Afterthoughts section of the extras on the DVD. I just find this film to be a wonderful example of why Shakespeare is the greatest writer of all time; 11th century Scotland or 1970s McBurgerland, this story of ambition and madness remains the same at heart.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You want Fries with that dagger ? September 23, 2002
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A clever retelling of the tragedy of MacBeth. Rather than being the loyal vassal to the King of Scotland he is the dedicated sort-order cook for the workaholic restaurant proprietor, Norm Duncan. Inevitably Joe's wife decided that the time is now for these "underachievers who need to make up for lost time". After the tragic and mysterious death of the owner, the couple is able to buy the place at a discount from the dead man's sons. Once ensconced as the owners they make a stunning number of changes including big red arches, a drive-thru, and little fried chicken pieces (called little chicken MacBeths). It all seems so perfect until the details start to unravel. A policeman named MacDuff is investigating the murder of Duncan, MacBeth's best friend starts asking questions about where the couple was the night of the murder, and Mrs. Macbeth develops an obsession with a grease burn she got on her hand.
This was a movie well worth the money. It was funny from one end to the other. It reminded me of the comment that Kissinger once said about academia "The Politics are especially vicious because the stakes are so small". In this film we see that even the smallest kingdom is sometimes worth fighting for.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespear goes fast food March 14, 2003
Format:DVD
The one similarity everyone who reviewed this movie missed is it's striking similarity to the Cohen Brother's classic FARGO. Sure enough when I viewed the special features the director did mention that FARGO was a big influence for him in making this wonderfully dark and funny film.
I really dig this movie. Like many of the reviewers, I rented it on a whim not expecting much. After all, I live in PA so what the heck let me check out this film about a town in my home state (I've actually seen signs stating the miles to Scotland). Was I ever in for a pleasant surprise. The casting was excellent, the script nothing short of brilliant, and the acting was supurb. Add a soundtrack of Bad Company playing in the backgroud, three stoned withches, Chris Walken and you have yourself a modern day classic. If you are an action movie fan, like XXX and such, keep steppin this one isn't for you. If you liked Movies like Fargo and A Simple Plan, then step into the diner. Pat and Mac are serving up french fried murder. The sides are a couple of frame ups, secondary murders, a persistant detective (Walken) that is as bothersome to the guilty parties as gasburger residue at 2AM, two brothers, one who just wants to rock, and one who is gay, and a host of town residents each with their own quirks. There is even a dim wit deputy type thrown in for good measure.
Will Pat and Mac get away with their vile evil deeds? Will Walken as the persistant detective serve them their just deserts? I aint telling. You just have to see for yourself, and make sure you bring some sutures, cause your side will split with laughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Disturbing: A Black Comic Gem October 5, 2004
Format:DVD
This is some of the most fun I've had watching a movie. I took it as a blind recommendation and it has become one of my favorite comedies in years.

Using Shakespeare's Macbeth as his source, former actor Billy Morrissette makes (I believe) his feature film debut as an actor with this brilliantly dark (I know, I'm oxymoronic) comedy.

Set in the depressed town of Scotland, Pennsylvania circa 1973, Morrissette turns Shakespeare's original story about a power hungry wife pushing her too contemplative husband into a bloody post-regicide reign into a tale of an over ambitious wife pushing her dullard husband into murder to take over a fast food joint. Morrissette had obvious fun playing with the characters names and using them to even propel the story. There is of course our anti-hero/heroine Joe "Mac" and his wife Pat - the McBeth's, both of whom work for Duncan, the owner of (what else) a donut shop. Through shrewd manipulation Pat pushes. There's also Lt. McDuff (Christopher Walken seemingly having more fun than he has in anything I can recall him in); Banquo - becomes Banco, and Shakespeare's witches/weird sisters become an unholy trio of drugged out hippies (deliciously played by Andy Dick, Amy Smart and Tim Levitch.

Acting honors go all the way around but James LeGros and Maura Tierney get special mention as the unholy couple. LeGros captures the perfect 70's dullard, small time dreams, clueless and nearly almost ruining everything. He's a delight to watch. Ms. Tierney - an actress who singlehandedly kept me from ever watching E.R. nearly shocked the life out of me by actually proving to be an amazing actress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth
I liked the show before I purchased it. t thought it was a wonderful interpretation of an updated Macbeth. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Macbeth
Great soundtrack ! Christopher Walken! Shakespeare set in the seventies works on all levels. Great overlooked Indie movie. Loved it
Published 3 months ago by Kelli Felmet
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The first time I saw this movie, the creativity alone blew me away. Add the fantastic music and it is a total package. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Macbeth companion
Though parts of this film are not suitable for young audiences, scenes from this movie can be used as a companion to Macbeth.
Published 9 months ago by Darcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Service and Brilliant Movie
This movie is one of the best of the decade. Marvelous from start to finish. The service was excellent and we go the film in no time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, Excellent, Must See
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Published on October 20, 2011 by Aquinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Scotland, PA
Hilarious movie with the dark edge of Macbeth. The whimsical groove of the seventies. A must see for film lovers who crave creativity.
Published on August 23, 2011 by Bobalu
5.0 out of 5 stars clever spin off of macbeth
Great little movie. The kind of movie you can watch over and over. Sundance winner. Great soundtrack.

Finding a movie like this is like finding gold.
Published on March 24, 2011 by MTW
3.0 out of 5 stars Scotland, PA - An Average Translation of Shakespeare's MacBeth.
Scotland, PA is Billy Morriessette's incarnation of Shakespeare's MacBeth. William Shakespeare may be rolling over in his grave. Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by Coldsteel7
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange movie
Hmmm. I originally bought the movie because I am a Christopher Walken fan and he stars in it. I was disappointed that there are only a few scenes which he is in and his character... Read more
Published on January 20, 2011 by Denise M. Clark
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