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Scotland, Pa. (2001)

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A modernized retelling of "MacBeth" set in 1970s suburban Pennsylvania. Joe McBeth, an unambitious hamburger stand employee, is driven to success by his scheming wife.

Director:

Billy Morrissette
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Le Gros ... Joe 'Mac' McBeth (as James LeGros)
Maura Tierney ... Pat McBeth
Christopher Walken ... Lieutenant McDuff
Kevin Corrigan ... Anthony 'Banko' Banconi
James Rebhorn ... Norm Duncan
Tom Guiry ... Malcolm Duncan (as Thomas Guiry)
Amy Smart ... Stacy (Hippie #1)
Timothy 'Speed' Levitch ... Hector (Hippie #2) (as Timothy Speed Levitch)
Andy Dick ... Jesse (Hippie #3)
Geoff Dunsworth Geoff Dunsworth ... Donald Duncan
Josh Pais ... Douglas McKenna
Reed Rudy ... Kevin 'Tanman' McKane
John Cariani ... Ed the Cop
David Wike ... Jimmy McMann
Nicola Lipman Nicola Lipman ... Mrs. Lenox
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Storyline

Joe McBeth is a hard-working but unambitious doofus who toils at a hamburger stand alongside his wife Pat, who has a significant edge in the brains department. Pat is convinced she could do a lot better with the place than their boss Norm Duncan is doing, so she works up a plan to usurp Norm, convincing Mac to rob the restaurant's safe and then murder Norm, using the robbery as a way of throwing the police off their trail. Though two stoners and a would-be fortune teller warn Mac that bad luck awaits him, he gathers his courage and goes through with his wife's scheme. At first, things seem to have gone just as Pat hoped, and after Norm's sons sell the restaurant to the McBeths (they pay for it with the money they stole from Norm), business takes off. But vegetarian police detective McDuff is convinced there's foul play at the new center of the fast food universe, and when the McBeths fear that fry cook Banco knows more than he's letting on, Mac takes charge in the plotting department ... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Greasy Spoon. Bloody Murder. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some nudity, drug content and brief violence
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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimele din Scotland See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,366, 10 February 2002

Gross USA:

$384,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$384,098
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Billy Morrissette: the man walking his dog (and it's really his dog) in front of the McBeths' house after the McBeth's open their restaurant. See more »

Goofs

The term "homeless" was not in common use in the mid 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Malcolm Duncan: I can't believe I just drank that. Your water tastes like ass!
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Crazy Credits

This Film Is Dedicated to the Cast and Crew See more »

Connections

Version of Lady Macbeth von Mzensk (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't You See
Written by Toy Caldwell
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
Published by Spirit One Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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Great film!
3 July 2003 | by redpony9186See all my reviews

Lately, I've been forcing everyone I know to watch this film. It may not go down in history, but it is hilariously funny--especially if you don't take it too seriously! People need to chill out a bit about it, and not try to analyze it too deeply. It's a funny 1970's version of Macbeth with fabulous actors and actresses, and while much of its comedy comes from its similarites to the play, much of the comedy stands on its own. It's a great update, and I don't think it should be compared to films like "Shakespeare in Love" because the idea is completely different. It's not too violent of a black comedy, either, though moments like the killing of Duncan are outright hilarious. Take smaller moments, too, like when the children play with the body of Banco as it's being taken away. The acting is excellent--Tierney, Le Gros, Walkin...what else do I have to say? It's a fun film that I think you should see.


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