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Main Street

2.6 out of 5 stars 346 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • 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: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HI4LMI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Main Street" on IMDb

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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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"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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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 at 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.

Gus Leroy (Colin Firth) arrives in Durham traveling from a small town in Texas. There, he and his company had developed the town, employed the people and even added recreational properties. Now in Durham he wishes to rent 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 these three are personally tackling their own conflicts, along with the town itself, there are other side issues 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 previously a couple. She is grasping at straws in an attempt to leave Durham for a fuller life while Harris remains living with his mother and looking out for her welfare. He doesn't want to leave the city, intending to work there as an attorney after finishing his schooling. These two are friends after high school where they were a steady couple and continue a companionship. Can there be a reconciliation of their past relationship or do they go their separate ways?

Throughout the entire movie, Georgiana Carr is in a quandary about whether to sell her very old, overly large, and beautifully atmospheric home.
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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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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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Very provocative movie with screenplay by Horton Foote. The plot was interesting and not really as predictable as I suspected it would be. I liked most of the actors, but Colin Firth, one of my favorites, seemed miscast with a rather strange Southern accent. I was, however, pretty amazed at how well he pulled it off. After watching the movie, I think he must have been chosen for the role because of his dedication to the cause - which I won't divulge. The subplot involving Amber Tamblyn and Orlando Bloom could probably have been left out and the movie would not have suffered.

The film raises some interesting real-life questions that our country needs to address - soon - or we're going to be in a real pickle. It gets off to a slow start, but watch it to the end and the discuss it with someone.
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