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Empire Falls

4.2 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews

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Empire Falls (DVD)

Adapted by author Richard Russo from his 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, EMPIRE FALLS is a portrait of the gritty drama and human comedy that make up everyday life in blue-collar America. On a daily basis, goodhearted restaurant manager Miles Roby (Ed Harris "Glengarry Glen Ross") tries to keep his Empire Grill going, even as the wealthy and powerful Mrs. Whiting(Joanne Woodward "Philadelphia"), makes life difficult for him. If that wasn't enough, Miles has to keep tabs on his scoundrel of a dad, Max (Paul Newman "The Color of Money") who is always looking for trouble. But, Miles has something much bigger than just restaurant receipts and a cantankerous father on his mind-he can't shake the ghosts of his past that keep his fate inevitably connected to Empire Falls.

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A frame-bursting roster of actors crowds this two-part HBO miniseries, which is nothing less than a look at America through the lens of a small New England town. Richard Russo adapted his own novel, a story of a gently depressed factory town that has always been run by the wealthiest family around (currently lorded over by matriarch Joanne Woodward). Ed Harris plays the central role, a decent, cautious man who runs a local diner and carefully negotiates the political niceties of Empire Falls; Paul Newman is his rapscallion of a father (the son is perpetually picking food out of Dad's beard), Helen Hunt is Harris's ex-wife, Aidan Quinn his feistier brother, and Robin Wright Penn his tragical mother seen in flashbacks.

The goal of Russo and director Fred Schepisi seems to have been fidelity to the novel, which gives the film a pleasingly relaxed pace but also a somewhat literal-minded binding. Even that doesn't explain the general lack of tautness, or why so much of the dialogue has an awkward fit in actors' mouths. Harris and Newman, of course, are younger and older versions of American monuments, and their sheer presence goes a long way toward making the picture work (for the premium Newman-Russo match, see Robert Benton's sublime film of Nobody's Fool). Most of the twists in the final reels are genuinely affecting, and the movie has the courage to end on a mild note rather than strain to tie everything up. It's a fitting finale for an unassuming enterprise. --Robert Horton


Special Features

Audio Commentary: Audio commentary with director Fred Schepisi and writer/author Richard Russo Featurette: The Making OfAudio Commentary: Audio commentary with director Fred Schepisi and writer/author Richard Russo Featurette: The Making Of

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009W5IMO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Empire Falls" on IMDb

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By Mr. Bey VINE VOICE on January 7, 2006
Format: DVD
I've always been pretty pleased with most of what HBO's movies and Empire Falls is no exception. Though it starts off slow the superb acting just draws you in and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you enjoy any HBO movies than you will love Empire Falls.

Empire Falls is a small town set in New England where life is simple and everyone knows everybody. But for Miles Roby, a man who has been working in the same grill for most of his life, there's something missing. He feels that Mrs. Whiting who owns the grill has it in for him and he doesn't seen anything extraordinary happening in his life. He's been through a divorce and his ex-wife Janine is about to get remarried something his daughter Tick doesn't want to happen at all. Miles also has to put up with his senile father Max who thinks everyone has it in for him.

Miles frequently has flashback of his childhood when his mother was still alive and he tries to remember Charlie Mayne who he hates but he can't really figure out what happened to him. His daughter Tick is also trying to connect with a tortured boy who she tries to help but realizes he's beyond her saving. Miles also struggles with the feelings that Mrs. Whiting's handicapped daughter Cindy has for him. Miles is just a guy who doesn't think that he should be spending the rest of his life flipping burgers at the same old grill and he wants more with his life.

Empire Falls is driven by an all star cast of Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Newman, Aidan Quinn, Dennis Farina, Joanne Woodward, and so many more. It is a heartwarming adventure and it is a must see.
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This HBO adaptation had four things going for it that almost guaranteed its success before a single camera began rolling.

The first was the fact that it was based upon Richard Russo's award-winning book of the same name. The second was that Russo himself wrote the adapted screenplay. The third was the incredible, all-star cast; and the fourth was that it was an HBO production. Each of these elements contributes to a mini-series now available on DVD and one that is not to be missed.

Let's start with the story. No one, absolutely no one, captures small town America the way Richard Russo does. Unlike some writers whose only real acquaintance with this setting seems to be either a brief glimpse from the Interstate or, worse, some other Hollywood writer's impression, Russo writes as though he actually spent years in the former mill towns, sitting at the diner, the tavern, or the doughnut shop soaking in the lost dreams and dead-end futures that haunt many of the residents of these communities. But unlike writers who see only despair in such a setting, Russo captures -but never makes light of- the small victories that the locals do grab onto to make life worth living. Odd as it may seem to the Sacks Fifth Avenue set, it IS possible to have a fulfilling life without ever owning a Gucci...and Russo is the master of introducing audiences to such lives. It is the audience's further fortune to have Russo acting here as his own screenwriter. The tweaks, cuts and short cuts necessary to make a novel into a workable screen presentation were thereby handled lovingly by their creator. He did not leave in too much, he did cut too much. True, the mini-series format gave him extra room to work, but he did the most with it and the audience is the clear beneficiary.
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This mini left me wanting more. When it aired on HBO, I had just taken a wonderful trip to Maine and it reminded me so much of the towns and townspeople I saw and met while I was there. The series was simply a great story and I couldn't get enough. I hated that it had to end. It stared an all star cast with all star performances. If you get the oportunity, treat yourself to this one; You will be glad you did.
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A fantastic two-part series starring a spot-on cast. The script was incredible and though the story moved very slowly, I was well entertained by the characters' internal and external stories of small town life in New England. Ed Harris was the shining star, but he never stole moments from the supporting cast. I was sorry when this story was over because it was so compelling. I truly wanted to know more, though the feel-good conclusion was splendid. I recommend this to all.
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I saw this on HBO in 2005 when it first appeared. It grabbed my heart then - enough that when it came up on Amazon Prime my heart told me to watch it again. It is about the emotional side of life and why we sometimes do things that seem odd to others, but make sense to our hearts. It is about small town life and how some people make that work through their lifetimes. For me small town life was left behind long ago, but I appreciate experiencing a story through multiple levels. It is not easy to express this in a quick review but Empire Falls manages to flesh out the main character played by Ed Harris as he recalls his childhood, his mother, and people in his mother's life and give us an idea of why he quietly makes some decisions in his current life. The cast is deep in wonderful actors. The story has depth and breadth. The setting is perfectly captured, right down to the letters on the signs falling off-kilter and the neon light shorting out. It is a very well-done production - as HBO does so well. I am really happy to be able to watch this kind of programming again.
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