Sunshine State Movie Review 2002

Information and Film Reviews for Sunshine State the Movie

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Sayles returns with a tale of developers invading a northern Florida resort island and the effect on the locals. Of the excellent ensemble, a superb Falco is the unsatisfied Marly, who runs a fleabag motel/restaurant, inherited from her blind, retired father (Waite). The Sea-Vue was her parents' dream but not hers. With a few failed relationships and many shots of tequila under her belt, Marly meets architect Jack (Hutton), one of the pack of real estate sharks after her property. Bassett is Desiree, who returns to her neighboring hometown in an attempt to reconcile with her mother (Alice), whose own island dream home was a nightmare for Desiree growing up. Not so much big biz vs. the little people as a coming to terms with life, family and the past.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 141 minutes.
Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Florida, Corporate Shenanigans, Real Estate, Director/Star Teams: Sayles & Clapp
John Sayles
Edie Falco, Angela Bassett, Timothy Hutton, James McDaniel, Mary Steenburgen, Marc Blucas, Jane Alexander, Ralph Waite, Mary Alice, Bill Cobbs, Alex Lewis, Gordon Clapp, Richard Edson, Tom Wright, Perry Lang, Miguel Ferrer, Michael Greyeyes, Alan King, Charlaine Woodard
Patrick Cady
John Sayles
Mason Daring
Judy Karp, John Sayles, Shawn Carroll, Mayes C. Rubio, Mark Ricker
Maggie Renzi, Sony Pictures Classics


L.A. Film Critics 2002: Support. Actress (Falco).

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