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Spitfire Grill
     

The Spitfire Grill

5.0 7
Director: Lee David Zlotoff, Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden

Cast: Lee David Zlotoff, Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden

 

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Lee David Zlotoff's Sundance winner The Spitfire Grill comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of

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Lee David Zlotoff's Sundance winner The Spitfire Grill comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from Warner Brothers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Lee David Zlotoff's sentimental tale about a troubled young woman who stirs up the residents of a small town in northern Maine is excessively earnest and melodramatically overplotted but leavened with fine acting by its principals. Alison Elliot stars as the new waitress at the Spitfire Grill, where she confuses the suspicious townspeople of Gilead by returning their gossip and animosity with kindness and goodwill. Zlotoff, who seems to have intended the film as a Capra-esque fable of human goodness, leaves the relationship of the apparently schizoid townfolk and this woman in a hopeless muddle. It's also rife with subplots involving everything from the woman's mysterious past to a contest to choose the new owner of the café, but none of them could matter less. However, the plot thread of the woman's bonding with restaurant owner Ellen Burstyn and withdrawn housewife Marcia Gay Harden, a scenario reminiscent of the superior Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), is the film's strongest element, mostly thanks to the superb acting of these three. It seems impossible to believe that protestors could have been disturbed by the film's nimbus of mild spirituality.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/1999
UPC:
0053939251722
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English, Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alison Elliott Perry Talbott
Ellen Burstyn Hannah Ferguson
Marcia Gay Harden Shelby Goddard
Will Patton Nahum Goddard
Kieran Mulroney Joe Sperling
Gailard Sartain Sheriff Gary Walsh
Louise De Cormier Effy Katshaw
John M. Jackson Johnny B.

Technical Credits
Lee David Zlotoff Director,Screenwriter
Peter Borck Art Director
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Cas Donovan Asst. Director
Robert Draper Cinematographer
Margie Goodspeed Editor
James Horner Score Composer
Marci Liroff Casting,Co-producer
Louise Mingenbach Costumes/Costume Designer
Forrest Murray Producer
Stewart Pearce Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Stitt Producer
Edward E. Vaughan Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. The Colors Of Paradise (Credits) [4:27]
2. Newcomer In Gilead [2:24]
3. Hannah's Favor [2:20]
4. Percy's Announcement [3:37]
5. Nahum's Concern [3:05]
6. Curious Joe [4:23]
7. Hannah Slips Up [3:26]
8. The Substitute [5:59]
9. One-Way Chat [3:51]
10. No Buyer For The Spitfire [2:59]
11. An Idea Takes Root [11:29]
12. Good News, Bad News [2:13]
13. A Walk In The Woods [2:33]
14. Drowning On Her Mind [2:53]
15. New Name: Johnny B. [2:29]
16. Picture This [1:33]
17. Wounds That Run Deep [3:06]
18. Mail Call [5:17]
19. Not Smart Enough [1:41]
20. Community Involvement [2:05]
21. Taking Things Seriously [2:16]
22. Just Not Me [3:38]
23. Out In The Open [5:46]
24. Shelby Speaks Up [1:48]
25. Nahum's After-Hours Visit [5:23]
26. Percy's Past [4:11]
27. The Search For Percy's Confederate [4:23]
28. Swept Away [1:58]
29. Sad Reunion [1:02]
30. "I Never Saw Percy Talbott" [3:02]
31. Letting Go Of The Grill, Not Gilead [1:55]
32. Mother And Son [2:12]
33. Newcomer In Gilead [2:32]
34. End Credits [4:25]
Side #2 -- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. The Colors Of Paradise (Credits) [4:27]
2. Newcomer In Gilead [2:24]
3. Hannah's Favor [2:20]
4. Percy's Announcement [3:37]
5. Nahum's Concern [3:05]
6. Curious Joe [4:23]
7. Hannah Slips Up [3:26]
8. The Substitute [5:59]
9. One-Way Chat [3:51]
10. No Buyer For The Spitfire [2:59]
11. An Idea Takes Root [11:29]
12. Good News, Bad News [2:13]
13. A Walk In The Woods [2:33]
14. Drowning On Her Mind [2:53]
15. New Name: Johnny B. [2:29]
16. Picture This [1:33]
17. Wounds That Run Deep [3:06]
18. Mail Call [5:17]
19. Not Smart Enough [1:41]
20. Community Involvement [2:05]
21. Taking Things Seriously [2:16]
22. Just Not Me [3:38]
23. Out In The Open [5:46]
24. Shelby Speaks Up [1:48]
25. Nahum's After-Hours Visit [5:23]
26. Percy's Past [4:11]
27. The Search For Percy's Confederate [4:23]
28. Swept Away [1:58]
29. Sad Reunion [1:02]
30. "I Never Saw Percy Talbott" [3:02]
31. Letting Go Of The Grill, Not Gilead [1:55]
32. Mother And Son [2:12]
33. Newcomer In Gilead [2:32]
34. End Credits [4:25]

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The Spitfire Grill 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been my favorite movie since I first saw it, about 5 times ago. Nothing has topped it yet. It is simple, realistic, and gripping. The characters are intriguing and when its over, you're left missing them for quite some time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has so much to offer anyone who is willing to open their heart to its many messages. The emotions range: from fear to growth, from hate to love, for regret to forgiveness and most of all a better understanding of our pure and simple humanity with all of its good points and failings along the way of life. A classic needed to be seen by all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A young woman with a past tries to make a new life in a small, distrustful town in Maine. Complex and wonderful characters and relationships. An amazing tale of redemption. Four hankies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''The Spitfire Grill'' is the touching story of a young woman, recently paroled from prison, who sets out to begin a new life in a small New England town. The film's powerful depiction of the young woman's journey to self-discovery and emotional fulfillment is like a beautifully spun web of drama, laughter and tears. Alison Elliot, Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden offer up superb performances in this moving tale.
In-Quest More than 1 year ago
They should show this movie to every student who wants to make movies. They take a wonderful story and tell it wonderfully. The acting is the best. It is rated PG-13 so I would not say everyone should see it. But if parents view it first they can make the decision if their children should watch it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When this film was released I had no knowledge of what the film was about. I didn't see the trailer I solely watched it because of the poster. As the film unfolds you slowly become involved with the characters. These types of films are special in the fact that not to many are made. It's a simple story of redemtion in the simplest form. Percy just wants to get on with her life. But certian people question her because of her past. The owner of The Spitfire Grill, Hannah, does at first until she slowly gets to know her. After falling off of a chair, Percy takes over the cooking while Hannah recovers. After a hard day a quiet lady called Shelby shows up the next morning to help Percy.The two become good friends along with Hannah. Shelby's husband goes prying into Percy's past even after talking to the sheriff. The sheriff tells him what he knows and it doesn't do any good. I do not wish to give everything away (I havn't) because the film having a multi layered story. After watching it I reflected back to it that day several times. A few weeks ago for no reason the name of the movie came to me out of no where. After 16 years I still remember it after seeing it only that one time. I watched it the other day and I was even more moved now as I was then. This film needs to be watched with family members, friends to enjoy what the film is about. The trailer sums up everything. Strait, to the point. Also it holds your attention just as good as the film will. Trailers today are mostly eye candy and they say very little what the films are about. Mostly by being too condensed. That's how they get you into the theateres.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago