Spitfire Grill

Spitfire Grill

5.0 7
Director: Lee David Zlotoff

Cast: 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 ofSee more details below

Overview

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 However, the plot thread of the woman's bonding with restaurant owner Ellen Burstyn and withdrawn housewife Marcia Gay Harden, a scenario reminiscent of the superior Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), is the film's strongest element, mostly thanks to the superb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:
PG13
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

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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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