Sunshine State


Time Out says

Like City of Hope and the early scenes in Limbo, this is one of Sayles' multi-character social tapestries investigating a community in transition, striving to come to terms with its past and to sort out a future. This being a Florida beach resort, complete with a once segregated, once thriving black enclave, the real estate people have almost taken over (with a little help from local politicians), the wilderness is virtually extinct, and new histories have to be invented. Revolving around a couple of women - failed actress Bassett revisiting her mom after years away, motel proprietor Falco looking to escape the doomed family business - the film weaves together a typically vivid array of characters, relationships and stories over one difficult holiday weekend, its observations as politically astute, its dialogue as witty, and its performances as top-notch as we've come to expect from Sayles.

By: GA


Release details

141 mins

Cast and crew

John Sayles
John Sayles
Edie Falco
Jane Alexander
Ralph Waite
Angela Bassett
James McDaniel
Mary Alice
Bill Cobbs
Gordon Clapp
Mary Steenburgen
Timothy Hutton
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