State and Main

State and Main

by David Mamet
     
 

In the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script format—The official tie-in to the hilarious movie coming December 22, 2000, written and directed by one of the most extraordinary writers of our time, starring Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Julia Stiles.

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Overview

In the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script format—The official tie-in to the hilarious movie coming December 22, 2000, written and directed by one of the most extraordinary writers of our time, starring Alec Baldwin, Charles Durning, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Patti LuPone, William H. Macy, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Julia Stiles. Part Hollywood satire, part screwball comedy, State and Main explores what happens when a cell-phone wielding movie crew invades a quaint New England town. The residents are all too ready to jettison its pastoral grace for showbiz glitz. Laced with the tart dialogue characteristic of Mamet, State and Main follows screenwriter Joe White (Hoffman), whose old-fashioned values are put to task when he is the only witness to a heartthrob movie star's (Baldwin) indiscretions with a local teenage girl (Stiles). The movie's smooth-talking director (Macy) and aggressive producer (Paymer) pressure Joe to put aside his convictions for the sake of the film and his future writing career. Meanwhile, Joe falls for a local bookseller (Pidgeon), who challenges him to stand up for the truth. Rounding out the cast are Sarah Jessica Parker as a sexy Hollywood actress who tempts Joe, and Charles Durning and Patty LuPone as the town's star-struck mayor and his wife. Produced by Sarah Green (The Winslow Boy), the film's executive producers are Alec Baldwin and Jon Cornick; it is a Green-Renzi Production in association with El Dorado Pictures. In the Newmarket Shooting Script® Series format, here is the complete shooting script, an introduction written exclusively for this edition by David Mamet, movie stills, credits, and an interview with the writer/director.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Mamet has few peers in contemporary American literature, and it can be easy to overlook his deftly light and playful side. He has some 18 screenplays to his credit, and State and Main marks his seventh feature as both writer and director. The conceit of this take on screwball comedies is a film within a film. Forced to bolt from their New Hampshire location because their leading man has a propensity for junior high school girls, the film company is relocated to the bucolic hamlet of Waterford, VT. The interplay, hijinks, and machinations, romantic and political, between the film folk and townies are right out of Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges. The script prominently features Mamet's signature staccato dialog and uses its comedic framework to skewer both Hollywood and small-town U.S.A. Mamet provides an introduction, production stills, and full cast and crew credits. Mamet's work should be comprehensively collected by all libraries. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557044563
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Series:
Newmarket Shooting Script Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

David Mamet, one of the most extraordinary writers in contemporary American literature, has written twenty-three plays, eight collections of essays, two novels, five children's books, two books of poetry, and eighteen films, including The Verdict and Wag the Dog, for which he received Academy Award nominations. State and Main is his seventh feature as a writer-director, after House of Games, Things Change, Homicide, Oleanna, The Spanish Prisoner, and The Winslow Boy. Mamet has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for Glengary Glen Ross.

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