Main Street

 (481)4.71 h 34 min2011X-RayPG
Oscar winner Colin Firth & Orlando Bloom star in a drama from the writer of To Kill A Mockingbird. A small city's way of life is threatened when an outsider makes its residents an offer they can't refuse.
Directors
John Doyle
Starring
Orlando BloomColin FirthAmber Tamblyn
Genres
DramaArthouse
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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SamanthaReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsNot Harper Lee
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Why does this subtitle say this movie is “from the writer of To Kill a Mockingbird”?? It was not written by Harper Lee.
37 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsSeems like a vanity project
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How a cast like this could make such a boring, trite movie is beyond me. Perhaps the actors wanted to attempt Southern accents or were doing it as a favor to the screen writer or director. The minor roles appeared to be played by local, "little theater" actors. All in all, watching paint dry would have been more interesting.
12 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2021
3.0 out of 5 starsMuch ado about nothing
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It's easy to understand why the critics were so dismissive and harsh when this came out in 2010 - "listless"' "pointless" - and why it never earned a wide release. It's obvious the script needed more work, and the actors needed more time to work on a southern accent (Tom Wopat stands out for not even trying.). Oddly, it's not totally forgettable when you finish it.
8 people found this helpful
THOMAS R. BOUGHERReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2021
3.0 out of 5 starsHorton Foote wrote SCREENPLAY for "To Kill A Mockingbird," by Harper Lee.
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Seems to me that this film attempted to address too many current issues impacting southern "Tobacco Country," along with "Flyover America," in general, without time available to develop any of them effectively. It is the height of IRONY to fret about the introduction of "Hazardous Waste" storage into the same space as was previously occupied by the toxic tobacco industry. Considering the excellent work of Horton Foote in the writing of "Tender Mercies," as well as the screenplay for the Harper Lee masterpiece, I think it is probably fair to conclude that the fault here lies with editing, and directing, shortfalls, and not his story.
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cyrusReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starswonderful acting and ambience
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Though the ending seems a bit contrived, the first 3/4 of the film is exceptional, especially because of the wonderful acting of Ellen Burstyn and Patricia Clarkson. Colin Firth is interesting to see as a native Texan dealing in hazardous waste. Fine sense of place ambience, especially of the house that the Burstyn character has lived in all her life. Well worth watching.
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JanaReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsSerious subject. No final word on it. Excellent acting. Wonderful cast
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I just watched an unexpectedly wonderful movie. It was such a surprise. It’s called Main Street; written by Horton Foote. It starred Ellen Burstyn, Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth (sporting a southern accent 😮) and Patricia Clarkson. Because of its subject and in this day and age, I expected the worst, suspected people of sinister motives and waited for the axe to fall. Nothing as expected. No evil doers. Only people trying their best with the knowledge they had. It had a good message as well. Horton Foote wrote the screenplay for to kill a mockingbird you know. It’s not a feel good or feel bad movie really. Just a piece of life. I must say I came to like the characters so much, it left me wanting to know how things went for them, how things turned out.
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Ned PearsonReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsStupid movie that has nothing to do with Harper Lee
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To begin with, as others have pointed out, Harper Lee did not write this. Secondly the story line is ridiculous with Durham, NC being portrayed as a hick town. Think about it, Durham North Carolina is home to Duke University, one of the most respected universities in the world, and Duke Hospital, a leading research center and medical treatment facility.

Durham is thriving and part of the Research Triangle, consisting of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. The residents are not "close knit" and Durham is not a "crumbling community" but this movie is a dull pointless mess.

I got about a third of the way through and turned it off.
2 people found this helpful
WoodyReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2021
3.0 out of 5 starsShould have been better...
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I wanted to like this movie. It had possibilities. All star cast, with very good acting but that could not save a poorly driven story. This was basically two stories in one. It would have been a better movie if it focused on the characters of Bloom, Tamblyn, and McCarthy and developed a story with them. The most exciting parts of the movie was the interactions between these three. This film was overall too boring and I skipped some of it.
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