Sunshine State

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John Sayles' excellent Florida drama Sunshine State comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.0. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director and trailers. This is a quality release from Columbia/TriStar that should help this fine film find a larger audience on home video. ...
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John Sayles' excellent Florida drama Sunshine State comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.0. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director and trailers. This is a quality release from Columbia/TriStar that should help this fine film find a larger audience on home video.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A thoughtful, balanced examination of commercial real-estate development's impact on our environment, this leisurely drama written and directed by John Sayles Lone Star ranks among the very best of his socially conscious films. It takes place on Florida's east coast, upon which greedy developer Alan King has set his sights. Motel and restaurant owner Edie Falco must decide whether or not to sell her ramshackle establishment to make room for luxury resorts, and failed actress Angela Bassett comes to grips with the idea of losing the old family homestead. Timothy Hutton portrays King's architect, a principled man who enjoys a brief affair with Falco, and Mary Steenburgen is excellent as a local Chamber of Commerce functionary. Like most Sayles movies, Sunshine State doesn't adhere to the typical three-act story structure: it's not a formulaic exercise in which stock characters respond to predictable situations. The plot unfolds slowly, its threads scattered among a multiplicity of characters with conflicting motives, emotions, and objectives. Sayles eschews easy answers and facile resolutions of conflict for much more realistic ambiguity, which is to his credit. Not necessarily for all tastes but eminently worthwhile nonetheless, Sunshine State is a quietly remarkable movie with vividly drawn characters and pitch-perfect performances.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
John Sayles' Sunshine State is an intricate multi-character family drama with political undertones. While the film has its share of sharply written dialogue and strong performances, it's a little fuzzy around the edges, and doesn't approach the power of Sayles' previous two films, Lone Star and Limbo. Sayles' points about real estate development and race relations are well taken, but the speechifying by certain characters, including Ralph Waite as patriarch Furman Temple, and Alan King as an obnoxious golfer who appears throughout the film, is tiresome. Sayles dealt with the similar issues in Lone Star and Limbo, but managed to get his points across through richly drawn character studies. Sunshine State interrupts the flow of the narrative to insert its messages, making the film more pedantic and less engaging. There's a subplot involving Mary Steenburgen and Gordon Clapp that doesn't really go anywhere. But the film still offers plenty of pleasures, chief among them Sayles' wry, well-observed dialogue. Mary Alice and Angela Bassett are wonderful as an estranged mother and daughter, and Edie Falco is also very good (and does a passable Southern accent) as a confused and depressed woman falling for a very compromised suitor (Timothy Hutton). Her morning-after self-critique is believable, funny, and sad. There's also a wealth of interesting supporting characters, including a very funny Richard Edson (Stranger Than Paradise) as Falco's ex-husband. There's enough humor and heart on display in the film that its occasional lapses into heavy-handedness can be forgiven.
New York Times
It creates a cinematic mosaic of American lives unprecedented in its range, balance, subtlety and even-handedness. Stephen Holden
Hollywood Reporter
Sayles and an excellent cast examine modern American lives, values, dreams and shortcomings with verve, honesty and a respect for the seemingly lost art of everyday conversation. David Hunter
New York Observer
Very well-written and very well-acted. Andrew Sarris

It creates a cinematic mosaic of American lives unprecedented in its range, balance, subtlety and even-handedness. Stephen Holden
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • UPC: 043396079069
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:21:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edie Falco Marly Temple
Angela Bassett Desiree Perry
Jane Alexander Delia Temple
Ralph Waite Furman Temple
James McDaniel Reggie
Timothy Hutton Jack Meadows
Mary Steenburgen Francine Pickney
Gordon Clapp Earl Pickney
Miguel Ferrer Lester
Mary Alice Eunice Stokes
Bill Cobbs Dr. Lloyd
Alex Lewis Terrell Bernard
Richard Edson Steve Tregaskis
Tom Wright Flash Phillips
Perry Lang Greg
Marc Blucas Scotty Duval
Michael Greyeyes Billy Trucks
Alan King Murray Silver
Charlayne Woodard Loretta
Robert Wisdom
Sam McMurray Northrup
Eliot Asinof Silent Sam
Technical Credits
John Sayles Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Patrick Cady Cinematographer
Shawn Carroll Art Director
Mason K. Daring Score Composer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Judy Karp Sound/Sound Designer
John Powditch Asst. Director
Maggie Renzi Producer
Mark Ricker Production Designer
Mays C. Rubio Costumes/Costume Designer
Nancy Schafer Associate Producer
Carol Silverman Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [5:16]
2. Marly & the Buzzard [7:43]
3. Stokes Family Reunion [2:25]
4. County Commission Meeting [2:25]
5. The Golf Pro [4:58]
6. Saving an Endangered Species [2:14]
7. Terrell's Hearing [1:17]
8. Loretta [5:11]
9. Ode to Simpler Days [5:21]
10. Delia Temple [6:45]
11. A Dedicated Professional [4:44]
12. Contest With the Wrong Guy [1:58]
13. Par for the Course [6:56]
14. Officially Breaking Up [5:08]
15. Steve Tregaskis [8:38]
16. Flash Phillips [3:24]
17. Dinner With Marly [6:45]
18. Lincoln Beach [4:01]
19. Swamp Tales [8:04]
20. The Old Breed [3:09]
21. Sirens of the Deep [2:41]
22. Her Mother's Property [2:35]
23. "I Can't Do It Anymore" [1:04]
24. Mad at Flash [6:50]
25. A Tough Business Woman [3:34]
26. Two Heartbreakers [6:56]
27. "We Got Bones, Boss" [2:30]
28. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow [4:28]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Fran├žais
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
   Trailers
      Sunshine State
      Limbo
      Passion Fish
      The Secret of Roan Inish
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