A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.
Following the theft of a postal-order, a fourteen-year old cadet is expelled from Naval College. To save the honour of the boy and his family, the pre-eminent barrister of the day is engaged to take on the might the Admiralty.
Having left New Hampshire over excessive demands by the locals, the cast and crew of "The Old Mill" moves their movie shoot to a small town in Vermont. However, they soon discover that The Old Mill burned down in 1960, the star can't keep his pants zipped, the starlet won't take her top off, and the locals aren't quite as easily conned as they appear.Written by
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Actor David Paymer, who plays producer Marty Rossen, praised writer-director David Mamet's flexibility as a director. Paymer said: "He doesn't urge you to play what is already written, and they're his words. With a character like Marty, he'd say, 'David Paymer, your job is to help these people make this movie. Your way of doing that might mean that you have to be cruel to be kind, but there's no calculated cruelty.' It's great direction; it prevents things from getting heavy-handed. It's wonderful to find avenues that aren't straight. I think that's what David the director is all about: finding the unobvious choice". See more »
Ann Black says: "First organized fire department was on the border of Dalmatia and Sardinia in the year 642." This is completely false. Organized fire departments date back at least to ancient Egypt. The Roman Empire had a fire department in AD 6 from an idea of Marcus Egnatius Rufus. Additionally, Sardinia cannot have a border with anything, because it's an island. See more »
[singing over the end credits]
The life was a sweet, old-fashioned dream and the memory lingers yet. / And I think of our hour by the old mill stream and I find that I'm still wet...
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A complete list of this film's associate producers is available upon written request. See more »
Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) has never been so winsome, nor Philip Seymour Hoffman so innocent. It is light fare, but the dialogue, thanks to Mamet's talent, nonetheless has an edge and intelligence missing from most romantic comedies.
The Hollywood crew, post-Entourage, seems almost dated, though David Paymer does a good job of seeming tough while remaining surprisingly vulnerable. Clark Gregg, on the town side, does an under-appreciated job of playing the jilted fiancé and future corrupt politician.
Contrasting this 10-year-old film with nonsense like (500) Days of Summer, you can see the difference between good light comedy and bad light comedy. Pidgeon and Hoffman at least hint at complexities of character that make their relationship an interesting prospect.
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