The Spitfire Grill
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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Release Date: 1-MAR-2005
Media Type: DVD
Top Customer Reviews
Alison Elliot gives a quiet yet unforgettable performance as Percy Talbot, a young girl fresh from prison and trying to start her life over. One of the most touching moments in the film comes shortly after Percy reveals the reason she had been incarcerated, with the words: "I thought maybe, in some place small...." It is quiet and heartbreaking, like the entire film.
The day to day life of a small town and its people is perfectly captured as Percy comes to work for Hannah (Ellen Burstyn) at The Spitfire Grill. Hannah is a woman who knows about pain and gives Percy a chance. Marcia Gay Harden gives a fine performance as a shy and sweet soul who befriends Percy. Her husband uses her for a doorstop and hates Percy for being her friend and encouraging her to be herself. It is a hatred which will bring about tragedy.
Many lives are touched in this small town by Percy, who has seemingly found her home at The Spitfire Grill in Gilead, Maine. Percy slowly becomes part of Hannah's life as she leaves food out back of the Grill at Hannah's request that is mysteriously gone the next morning. But there is always an underlying sadness to Percy's past which prevents any kind of permanence. Her deep sadness extends to a young man who wants a life that Percy can not give.Read more ›
This movie depicts the reality of the how cold, hard and unfair life can be - yet gives us hope as well.
I was a little nervous near the latter part of the movie that it was going to have a "Hollywood goofy ending" but a very surprising plot twist left me stunned.
This is a superb story superbly told. This movie is what I would define what an excellent film should be. Film schools should require students to study and consider the methodology of this production.
Here is proof a gazillion dollars and hi-tech hocus pocus effects are not needed to hit a home run. In fact I'd say this movie is more like a grand slam!
A great cast of characters (and actors) surround Alison Elliott as the young ex-con Percy. But Elliott is the key: she is very, very good in this movie, and her character is one you'll remember for quite a while.
I don't in general care for tear-jerker movies like the Spitfire Grill, but the tragedies and joys presented here are believable and not overdone. I enjoyed the immersion in Gillead and its people, and was both saddened and uplifted (without being manipulated) by this fine movie. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this DVD after seeing a local Houston production company put on their own version of the stage play and being thoroughly entertained. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Raquel Y. Eldridge-Gradnigo
A gentle, realistic and ultimately hopeful movie about life in a small town and a young girl with a past who tries to start over and brings change to lives around her. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D.R. Bennett
Been looking for this movie everywhere. Finally found it, and really enjoyed seeing it again. Would purchase again if need be.Published 2 months ago by Daniel Couch