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This two-part HBO miniseries is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Richard Russo. Having long since sacrificed youthful ideals and values to remain in his New England hometown for the sake of his family, middle-aged Miles Roby (Ed Harris) finds his "secure" little world disintegrating when his wife, Janine (Helen Hunt), divorces him. Equally vexing is the emotional and financial pressure exerted by domineering town matriarch Francine Whiting (Joanne Woodward), who owns (among other things) the Empire Grill, the ...

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Apr 18, 2021


While this miniseries was full of great actors, I found that the story was depressing and a waste of their talents for the most part. There were a few scenes that were good but overall I found the story lacking.


Jul 29, 2010

Nice adaptation of the book

So many times, a movie fails to capture the spirit and 'life' of a book. In this case, the length of the movie allows the director the freedom to really develop each character, so that the book can be felt through the movie - I enjoyed this adaptation and enjoyed seeing the book's characters interpreted by the actors. The cast was well-chosen and excellent for their roles.

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