State and Main

State and Main

Promotional poster for State and Main.
Directed by David Mamet
Produced by Sarah Green
Written by David Mamet
Starring William H. Macy
Sarah Jessica Parker
Alec Baldwin
Julia Stiles
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Rebecca Pidgeon
David Paymer
Charles Durning
Patti LuPone
Clark Gregg
Music by Theodore Shapiro
Cinematography Oliver Stapleton
Edited by Barbara Tulliver
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release dates
  • August 26, 2000 (2000-08-26) (Canada)
Running time
105 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6,944,471[1] (US)
$9,206,279[1] (Worldwide)

State and Main is a 2000 comedy film, written and directed by David Mamet and starring William H. Macy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin, Julia Stiles, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rebecca Pidgeon, David Paymer, Patti LuPone, Clark Gregg, and Charles Durning.

The plot involves the on-location production in Waterford, Vermont of a film called The Old Mill. The actual film was shot in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts; Beverly, Massachusetts; Dedham, Massachusetts; and Waltham, Massachusetts.


Havoc is wrought on the inhabitants of a small New England town by a troubled film production. After the leading man's penchant for underage girls gets them banished from their New Hampshire location, the crew relocates to the small town of Waterford, Vermont, to finish shooting "The Old Mill".

As its title suggests, the film depends on the presence of a genuine mill, something the town is reported to possess. Unfortunately, with only days before principal photography begins, it becomes apparent that the mill in fact burned down decades ago.

Unfazed, the film's director, Walt Price (William H. Macy), places his faith in the ability of first-time screenwriter Joseph Turner White (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to alter the script. What he doesn't count on is White's apparently bottomless reserve of angst-fueled writer's block. A local bookseller, Annie Black (Rebecca Pidgeon), tries to provide White with inspiration.

The film's leading lady (Sarah Jessica Parker) refuses to do her contracted nude scene unless she's paid an additional $800,000, while a foreign cinematographer offends the locals by messing with a historic firehouse. Meanwhile, the leading man, Bob Barrenger (Alec Baldwin), dallies with Carla (Julia Stiles), a crafty local teen.

Everything comes to a head after Barrenger and Carla are injured in a car accident, which leads White (the only witness) to another emotional quandary and into the arms of Annie. Meanwhile, a powerful movie producer (David Paymer) comes to town to help Price with the ensuing mess.

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