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Topic: The Spitfire Grill

  Spitfire Grill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-09)
Spitfire's writer/director, Lee David Zlotoff, comes from TV (he produced Remington Steele and MacGyver), and indeed there's little in the film that couldn't be shown in a Hallmark Hall of Fame or Lifetime TV-movie.
Still, in a summer overloaded with pyrotechnics but lacking in substance, there should be a place for a film so brazenly old-fashioned that it has the audacity to tell a straightforward story about realistic people whose greatest triumph is simply to make a fresh start in their lives.
Spitfire tells the story of Perchance "Percy" Talbot (Alison Elliott), a young convict who, upon her parole, chooses to settle in a town she knows only from travel brochures: Gilead, Maine.
www.bostonphoenix.com /alt1/archive/movies/reviews/08-22-96/SPITFIRE_GRILL.html   (681 words)

 The Spitfire Grill: The Heart and Soul of America
The Spitfire Grill is a stage musical rife with the sounds of banjos, guitars, fiddles, and all the other instruments closely associated with American folk music.
The Broadway success of The Spitfire Grill was followed closely by tragedy, when the show’s thirty-eight-year-old lyricist Fred Alley died unexpectedly of a heart attack while jogging.
The Spitfire Grill offers a theatrical banquet: mystery, romance, music, friendship, broken hearts, and familial love mingled with themes of starting over, unconditional love, and the bliss of life in small-town America.
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 Aisle Say (Seattle): THE SPITFIRE GRILL
"The Spitfire Grill" is the story of a young woman and the town she changes while working at a small grill, after her release from prison.
When she and Percy present the idea of raffling off the un-sellable grill in an essay contest, it vitalizes the entire town, and brings Shelby to life.
"Spitfire Grill" is a warm and engaging show that deserves wide performance.
www.aislesay.com /WA-SPITFIRE.html   (895 words)

 The Spitfire Grill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Spitfire Grill is a 1996 American motion picture that tells a story of the redemption of a woman who was just released from prison.
She works as a waitress in the Spitfire Grill, owned by Hannah (Ellen Burstyn), whose gruff exterior conceals a kind heart and precious little tolerance for the grill's regular customers, who cast their suspicions on Percy's mysterious past.
The school's cafeteria is named "The Spitfire Grill," and the film, which is available in both VHS and DVD formats, continues to inspire countless people.
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 The Spitfire Grill
Leaving The Spitfire Grill, I was convinced of two things: that nice girls who've done their time in prison should be given a second chance, and that Alison Elliott is going to be a major actress.
The Spitfire Grill is a soft machine designed to open tearducts (my own eyes stayed as dry as Percy's cooking).
Spitfire is the feature debut of Zlotoff, who created TV's MacGyver; this doesn't mean Percy makes gizmos out of gum wrappers, though the movie may have been better for it.
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 Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - The Spitfire Grill - 10/2/01
Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - The Spitfire Grill - 10/2/01
The Spitfire Grill, produced by Playwright's Horizons, is one of the most heartfelt musicals of recent years, its homespun charms as inviting as a warm winter blanket.
Though there is a plot, The Spitfire Grill is more intent at examining the relationships she forms with the others in the town and what happens as a result.
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 AudioRevolution.com DVD Review of The Spitfire Grill
Hannah, who's being trying to sell the Grill for ten years, is lonely; her son Eli, practically the life of the town, went off to Vietnam and never returned.
Alison Elliott had a small role in WYATT EARP, and appeared a few obscure movies, but it was the unusual, imaginative approach she took to the role of the femme fatale in THE UNDERNEATH that marked her as a highly promising actor.
Her Percy Talbott in THE SPITFIRE GRILL couldn't be more different; she's bright and curious, but shy and sullen as well; it's fine, fine work.
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 WashingtonPost.com: Pleasant Service at 'The Spitfire Grill'
There’s a warm, almost Capraesque glow to "The Spitfire Grill," a movie about the power of goodwill in the face of nasty community gossip.
"Spitfire," written and directed by first-time filmmaker Lee David Zlotoff, also marks a pleasant comeback for veteran actor Ellen Burstyn and shines the spotlight on newcomer Alison Elliott.
"The Spitfire Grill," which won the Audience Award at the last Sundance Film Festival and was financed by the for-profit arm of the Sacred Heart League, a Catholic religious organization, occasionally gets too precious for its own good.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/style/longterm/review96/spitfiregrillhowe.htm   (532 words)

 Aisle Say (Boston): THE SPITFIRE GRILL
"The Spitfire Grill" (2000) based on Lee David Zlotoff's "Care of the Spitfire Grill", winner of the 1996 Sundance audience award, starts from the same premise, and uses the same characters, but stays with the personalities involved instead of haring off after a plot.
The full cast number's, "Something Cookin' at the Spitfire Grill", "Ice and Snow", "Shoot the Moon", and "Come Alive Again" are really solid due to the accumulated experience onstage.
The Grill is the core of the scene, but there's nice work with the upper level and an abstract backdrop.
www.aislesay.com /MA-SPITFIRE.html   (737 words)

An idea to raffle off the grill makes Percy more popular, but that and her interaction with "Johnny B," a homeless man, increases Nahum's suspicions of her and leads to a climatic finale.
Nahum isn't respectful of his wife and tells her that the idea to raffle off the grill could not have been hers because she isn't smart enough to think up such an idea.
The early scenes of the strange homeless man in the woods may be a bit scary to younger kids (because we don't know who the man is and whether he's dangerous or not).
www.screenit.com /movies/1996/the_spitfire_grill.html   (903 words)

 The Spitfire Grill
The Spitfire Grill, winner of the 1996 Audience Award at the Sundance film festival, illustrates why I won't allow film critics to influence my decision on whether or not to see any one particular movie.
And speaking of the Poplars, The Spitfire Grill contained some beautiful scenes of mountainous vistas generous with them, although the movie was not shot in Gilead, Maine.
The Spitfire Grill was food for the soul, and I doubt I will tire of the leftovers.
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 The Spitfire Grill
The solo violin performance of the melody in "Reading the Letters" is terrific, and it makes an excellent compilation track, but the theme never achieves its full power until the end credits, "...Care of the Spitfire Grill", which is ten full minutes of pure Horner magic.
This is one of the rare Horner scores that can be used as a slap in the face to his dectractors, as it is almost 100% original.
CD produced by James Horner This review is written by and is the property of Isaac Engelhorn and does not reflect the opinions of Tripod.
scoresounds.tripod.com /spitfiregrill.html   (634 words)

 The Spitfire Grill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-09)
She resolves to begin a new life in the neglected little hamlet of Gilead, a place for leaving from not going to, according to the town sheriff and Percy's parole officer Joe Sutter (Zimmerman).
The Spitfire Grill is the lone diner in town, and its elderly owner Hannah Ferguson (Lieberman) has had it on the market block for ten years without a sale.
The great Iris Lieberman proves herself to be an actress and singer to be reckoned with as Hannah, highlighting a tough and feisty woman who in her grief has forgotten how to cry.
www.steadstylechicago.com /spitfiregrill.htm   (660 words)

 The Spitfire Grill
he Spitfire Grill" arrives with a reputation that precedes it: as the slickest drama at this year's Sundance Film Festival, as a small film purchased by its distributor for a disproportionately large sum ($10 million, a Sundance record) and as an inspirational drama initially financed by an order of Roman Catholic priests.
"The Spitfire Grill," which also involves a contest to give away the restaurant to a deserving stranger once Hannah decides she must retire, builds to a manipulative but effectively tearful ending.
While it proselytizes considerably less than, say, "Phenomenon," "The Spitfire Grill" espouses some inarguably worthwhile ideas about forgiveness and generosity, and it finds great solace in the beautiful woodland settings where Percy spends much of her time.
partners.nytimes.com /library/film/spitfire.html   (659 words)

 `Grill' women win us over   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-09)
T REAT The Spitfire Grill as you would a restaurant salad that's not made to your specifications: Pick out its negatives as you would a disfavored olive, but don't let them keep you from enjoying the greens.
Percy is given a waitress job by cranky Hannah (Ellen Burstyn), who is 70-something, the owner of the Spitfire Grill, dingy and beloved, one of the town's social centers.
The Spitfire Grill was written and directed by Lee David Zlotoff.
www.chron.com /cgi-bin/auth/story/content/chronicle/features/96/09/06/spitfire.html   (695 words)

 'Spitfire Grill' Serves Up Hope Without a Lot of Sugar (washingtonpost.com)
The grill of the title is a refuge where an unlikely trio of women and the men in their lives break free from constraints both literal and figurative.
She lands a job at the grill, which turns out to be one of the few businesses still operating in an economically depressed, dying community.
"The Spitfire Grill" also highlights the journey of Shelby Thorpe, played by charismatic Kristen Jepperson, from a woman of low self-esteem living in her domineering husband's shadow to her emergence as his equal partner.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A29127-2004Jul30.html   (770 words)

 Metroactive Movies | Spitfire Grill
The Spitfire Grill is a Shirley Temple movie for the New Age in which the girl of bad background meets and overcomes prejudice with her selflessness and charm.
The Spitfire Grill is not meant to be watched so much as cuddled, but as shabbily written as it is, it represents the people-oriented alternative to the bullying actioner.
The Spitfire Grill (PG-13; 115 min.), directed and written by Lee David Zlotoff, photographed by Rob Draper and starring Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn and Marcia Gay Harden.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/09.05.96/spitfire-grill-9636.html   (580 words)

 Spitfire Grill. A Hollywood Jesus visual film review.
Spitfire Grill has the courage to have a young woman play the "Christ" character, and have the bad guy of the movie restored at the end.
Spitfire Grill is an exploration of redemption and rebirth -- of a girl, a marriage, a mother and a son, and a town.
What you discover about "The Spitfire Grill" is that Gilead is the town for lost souls.
www.hollywoodjesus.com /spitfire_grill.htm   (1341 words)

 The Spitfire Grill
Winner of the audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, The Spitfire Grill is the story of Percy Talbott (played by Alison Elliott), an ex-prison inmate who comes to the small town of Gilead, Maine in the hopes of starting a new life.
Percy is reluctantly taken in by a local grill owner named Hannah (played by Ellen Burstyn), and for the remainder of the film we watch as Gilead learns to accept, and is ultimately transformed, by the presence of young Percy.
I guess the best way to describe The Spitfire Grill is as a quaint, quiet movie with a bit of heart and a tendency towards melodrama.
www.fuzzydog.com /zzspitfiregrill.htm   (534 words)

 Spitfire Grill
A small eatery, the Lindaire Coffee Shop, was opened on the present "Spitfire Grill" site in 1954 by a young U.S. Air force Lieutenant who grew tired of hearing his fellow pilots complain there was “no place to dine” in the airport area.
The Kitty Hawk was acquired in 1991 by John Clarizio and renamed the Spitfire Grill in homage of Santa Monica's aviation history.
The Spitfire's interior was reminiscent of early Donald Douglas model DC series commercial aircraft and with expansion of the dining area in 1995, a distinct "bistro" feel emerged.
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 Spitfire Grill
I missed Spitfire Grill when it was out in the theaters, though it got wildly enthusiastic comments from viewers as diverse as my daughter and my mother.
She goes to work for Hannah, the owner of the Spitfire Grill.
The townspeople are a series of horrific cliches, being so small-minded they hardly even talk to the young woman, even to the point of not ordering their meals from her in the grill.
www.dpsinfo.com /movies/spitfiregrill.html   (1019 words)

 Cranky Critic® Movie Reviews: Spitfire Grill
Cranky is going to approach this one in a roundabout fashion because, on the surface, The Spitfire Grill is a chick flick and Cranky isn't a chick.
Running the Grill is Hannah Ferguson (Ellen Burstyn), a widow whose son died in Vietnam.
The performances by Burstyn and Elliott are terrific, the story is solid, and it is filled with the kind of surprise that only a very highly paid critic would give away.
www.crankycritic.com /archive/spitfiregrill.html   (639 words)

 The Spitfire Grill Movie Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-09)
There, the Sheriff gets her a job and a place to stay at The Spitfire Grill, run by a bitter and suspicious old lady named Hanna (Ellen Burstyn).
As she works there, she comes to know co-worker Shelby Goddard (Marcia Gay Harden), who is labeled as 'not to smart' by everyone, including her domineering husband Nahum (Will Patton, the good ol' decent-folk sheriff from "Fled"), and a nice neighborhood boy who's sweet on her, Joe (Kieran Mulroney).
As the essay-writing contest becomes a success, Hanna has everyone in the town help her with evaluating the letters that are pouring in from all over the country.
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 The Spitfire Grill (1996) Synopsis, Storyline, Plot - MovieWeb
"The Spitfire Grill," a startling story of a young woman's search for a new direction in her life, stars Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton and Kieran Mulroney, and is written and directed by Lee David Zlotoff.
Soon enough, the formidable team of Percy and Shelby have the Spitfire Grill back in good shape, and Hannah's leg heals enough to allow her to resume some of her duties.
Although saddened at the prospect of losing the comfort and security she has found at the Spitfire, Percy suggests that Hannah advertise a nationwide contest, in which $100 and the most convincing essay on the attributes of Gilead will win the writer full ownership of the Spitfire Grill.
www.movieweb.com /movies/film/09/2209/synopsis.php   (615 words)

 OnMilwaukee.com Arts and Entertainment: Skylight's "Spitfire Grill" turns tragedy into triumph
The story of how "The Spitfire Grill" ended up on stage is as bittersweet as the play itself.
It is simply splendid, with acting and singing that raise the bar on Milwaukee musical theater, a story line that is both tough and touching and a chemistry between actors that directors dream of.
"The Spitfire Grill" is the story Percy Talbott (Kate Wetherhead), a young woman who moves to a small Wisconsin town after spending five years in prison for a mysterious crime.
www.onmilwaukee.com /ent/articles/spitfire.html   (587 words)

 The Spitfire Grill   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-08-09)
In a wonderful return to form after a rather rocky 1996, the new score for The Spitfire Grill is an absolute delight: in my opinion his best since Legends of the Fall, or even Field of Dreams (Braveheart and Apollo 13 included).
The best is saved for the final track, '...Care of The Spitfire Grill', an all-encompassing cue which plays over the movie's end titles, and takes in all the main themes of the film and has a stirring, elegant beauty which captures the heart.
I'm not sure whether The Spitfire Grill opened in late 1996 or early 1997 in the States (it didn't reach Britain until June) but I sure hope it was 1997, because then it could be nominated for next year's Oscars, and I can really see this score winning.
www.moviemusicuk.us /spitfcd.htm   (411 words)

 The Spitfire Grill, a CurtainUp review
These sad associations notwithstanding, The Spitfire Grill is an upbeat, well-crafted and performed show, with an enjoyable folksy score that works hand-in-hand with its story of hope and redemption.
Of the fifteen songs several of the peppiest feature the full company, my own favorite being "Something's Cooking At the Spitfire Grill." While not a single number is reprised, the songs themselves often contain their own reprisals and at times have an overall feeling of sameness.
Michael Anania's versatile all wooden set is all of a piece but enables the movement from inside the Spitfire Grill, to a back porch facing a forest, to another unspecified outdoors area at the top of an open circular staircase.
www.curtainup.com /spitfiregrill.html   (920 words)

 SPLICEDwire: "The Spitfire Grill" review
She comes to a small town in Maine to start over as a waitress in a greasy spoon, only to find some folks aren't too accepting of her past.
Ellen Burnstyn, who plays the stingy, old fogey owner of the Spitfire Grill, is the best part of the movie.
But, and this is a big but, "The Spitfire Grill" packs one hell of an emotional whammy as it draws to a close.
www.splicedonline.com /96reviews/spitfire.html   (239 words)

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