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Story

Writer-director John Sayles weaves together the beauty, grime, and history of Florida in Sunshine State. The rumbling approach of real estate developers on a sleepy island sets the leisurely paced plot in motion. Sayles takes his time introducing his characters, gradually revealing how their lives intertwine, and, as always, teases magnificent performances out of his actors. Edie Falco is quietly brilliant as Marly, running an old-guard motel as progress marches on, and regarding the men in her life with a wry practicality. Mary Steenburgen gifts a small role with marvelous, spoiled humanity in a deft comic turn, and Angela Bassett slowly unfurls her character's depth with the elegance of a true pro. Sunshine State is a simple story, but never clichéd, possessing a glow worth basking in. --Ali Davis

DVD Features

  • Director's Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Selections

Cast

Alan KingMurray Silver
Cullen DouglasJefferson Cash
Clifton JamesBuster Bidwell
James McDanielReggie Perry
Angela BassettDesiree Perry
Edie FalcoMarly Temple
Amanda WingKrissy
Timothy HuttonJack Meadows
Perry LangGreg
Miguel FerrerLester
Gordon ClappEarl Pinkney
Mary SteenburgenFrancine Pinkney
Bill CobbsDr. Lloyd
Mary AliceEunice Stokes
Michael GreyeyesBilly Trucks
Sam McMurrayTodd Northrup
Marc BlucasScotty Duval
Charlayne WoodardLoretta
Tom WrightFlash Phillips
Ralph WaiteFurman Temple
Richard EdsonSteve Tregaskis
Jane AlexanderDelia Temple

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: John Sayles
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 141 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 19, 2002
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