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Sunshine State

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John Sayles

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About the Movie

From acclaimed writer/director John Sayles (Lone Star, Passion Fish) comes an unforgettable portrait of a richly diverse Florida town threatened by real estate developers. Edie Falco, Angela Bassett and Timothy Hutton lead a remarkable ensemble. A tidal wave of change is coming to Delrona Beach, Florida. Out-of-state developers have descended upon the sleepy coastal community with the promise of big bucks and bigger changes. Torn between honoring family obligations and the lure of quick cash, the locals greet the outsiders with a wildly mixed reception. Marly (Falco, TV's "The Sopranos") is eager to sell the family business and start her life over. As caretaker to her father's motel and restaurant, she's grown resentful of missed opportunities but finds a glimmer of hope in a tentative romance with a visiting landscape architect (Oscar winner Timothy Hutton). Desiree (Oscar nominee Angela Bassett) left town years ago to escape scandal and make a name for herself as an actress. Reluctantly returning home, she finds her strong-willed mother (Mary Alice) unwilling to let go of the past. Co-starring Mary Steenburgen, James McDaniel, Jane Alexander and Ralph Waite, "Sunshine State" is a winning tribute to everyone who lives and works in a land of dreams realized and dreams deferred.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 108
  • Fresh: 86
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's the kind of movie that, aside from Robert Altman, Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers and a few others, our moviemakers don't make often enough. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: You can ignore the editorial bluntness and savor the smaller, sweeter details. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A densely layered, always absorbing whole. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Sunshine State has the structure, the theme, the style and, at 141 minutes, the length of a great John Sayles film. What it doesn't have, alas, is the merit. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2002

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