Welcome to Moosepoint

Welcome to Moosepoint

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Director: Donald Petrie

Cast: Donald Petrie, Gene Hackman, Ray Romano, Marcia Gay Harden

     
 

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Ray Romano stars in this political comedy set in the sleepy town of Mooseport, ME. When a former U.S. president (Gene Hackman) retires to Mooseport, he is persuaded to run for mayor of the quaint hamlet and finds himself competing against a local plumber (Romano). When the ex-commander in chief falls for the plumber's girlfriend (Maura Tierney), the race really heats… See more details below

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Ray Romano stars in this political comedy set in the sleepy town of Mooseport, ME. When a former U.S. president (Gene Hackman) retires to Mooseport, he is persuaded to run for mayor of the quaint hamlet and finds himself competing against a local plumber (Romano). When the ex-commander in chief falls for the plumber's girlfriend (Maura Tierney), the race really heats up. Welcome to Mooseport is presented on this DVD in widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sounds. There are dubbed soundtracks in Spanish and French as well as subtitles in English and Spanish. Along with the film itself, the disc features several bonuses. There is an audio commentary track by director Donald Petrie as well as a collection of deleted scenes with optional commentary. Additionally, there is a blooper reel and two hidden Easter eggs. A full-screen version with the same features is also available.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
A creaky film vehicle for popular TV star Ray Romano, Welcome to Mooseport is a blandly genial comedy with a weak premise and such safe, edgeless execution that it feels like mediocre television, despite the presence of such talents as Gene Hackman and Marcia Gay Harden. Featuring a mayoral race in a small town between a vain, but essentially good-hearted, former president (Hackman) and a spineless, nebbishy, but essentially decent, plumber (Romano), the movie is devoid of cutting characterizations and sharp dialogue. The tone of the film's attempt at comedic local color is set with the opening shot of an elderly man's buttocks as he jogs nude down Mooseport's main street. Things don't pick up much from there in terms of supporting characters, which include those mainstays of lazy comedy writing, a foul-mouthed old lady, and a fat, sassy black woman. The film is supposed to take place in rural Maine, but never generates any real sense of time or place. Worse yet, while it may have been a satire in some earlier, edgier incarnation, this is a movie about politics that doesn't have any. Romano is reasonably ingratiating on his sitcom, and the character he plays in the film -- friendly, but immature, and full of self-doubt -- isn't much of a stretch. Maura Tierney is an appealing actress, but the problem, again, as with Harden and Hackman, is that no one has anything particularly interesting to say. Welcome to Mooseport is a generally inoffensive trifle, but the superior cast leaves one longing for something a little better.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0024543121114
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:55:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by director Donald Petrie; Six deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; Outtake reel

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Monroe Cole
Ray Romano Handy Harrison
Marcia Gay Harden Grace Sutherland
Maura Tierney Sally Mannis
Christine Baranski Charlotte Cole
Fred Savage Bullard
Rip Torn Langdon, Bert
June Squibb Irma
Wayne Robson Morris Gutman
John Rothman Stu
Karl Pruner Dyer
Edward Herrmann Debate Moderator

Technical Credits
Donald Petrie Director
Moritz Borman Executive Producer
David Chapman Production Designer
Lee Cleary Asst. Director
David Coatsworth Executive Producer
Robin D. Cook Casting
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
John Debney Score Composer
Marc Frydman Producer
Vicki Graef Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor Hammer Cinematographer
David Holden Associate Producer
Basil Iwanyk Producer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Debra Neil-Fisher Editor
Doug Richardson Executive Producer,Original Story
Rory Rosegarten Executive Producer
Tom Schulman Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Shewchuk Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Shocrylas Art Director
Georgianne Walken Casting

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Morning Mooseport
2. Mr. President
3. The Mooseport White House
4. The Former First Lady
5. Finally Ready
6. The Eagle Has Landed
7. The Council's Offer
8. Eagle's Word
9. A Bit of a Pickle
10. Sally's Date
11. The Moose Race
12. It's About Winning
13. Tonight's the Night
14. Welcome to Politics
15. Crash & Burn
16. The Frog Is Empty
17. The Big Debate
18. Sally on the Spot
19. Handy's Helper
20. A Fair Fight
21. No Gimme's
22. One Throw
23. A Magnanimous Gesture
24. No More Waiting
25. Politics at It's Finest
26. Election Day
27. A Man With Principles
28. One Vote
29. Congratulations, Mr. President
30. Diamonds & Mud
31. Governor!
32. End Titles

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