Sunshine State

Synopsis: Real estate developers descend upon a sleepy coastal Florida community with the promise of big money and bigger changes. Torn between honoring family obligations and the lure of quick cash, the locals greet the outsiders with a wildly mixed reception. Marly Temple is eager to give in and sell the family business to start over her life. As caretaker of her father's motel and cafe, she has grown resentful of missed opportunities. However, she finds a glimmer of hope in a tentative romance with a visiting landscape architect. Desiree Perry left town many years ago to escape a scandal and make a name for herself as an actress. Reluctantly returning home, she finds her strong willed mother unwilling to let go of the past.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): John Sayles
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  7 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
141 min

the lead float in the parade.

Same kid set a fire some years back

in a crab shack on Lincoln Beach.

This is so not in the spirit

of the celebration.

Where do you want me to haul it?



-Dr. Lloyd.

-Sorry to bother you, Mrs. Pierce.

You're always welcome.

I'm rounding up folks for this

County Commission meeting tonight.

-I know it's very short notice, but--

-I'd like to help, but I feel poorly.

Oh, my! Would you look at this.

It's that boy

poor Mrs. Stokes took in.

-He's in trouble again?

-First her girl went wild...

...and run off to God knows where.

And now this.

Some people.

I'm worried about them sneaking

through this public-domain business...

...without us making a showing.

If we can field just

even a dozen residents--

Wasn't it settled

when they took the cemetery?

-I'm afraid it won't stop there.

-Now, who's this coming to call?

It seems kind of deserted.

Yeah, well, you know,

most people come on the weekends.

-Do I look okay?

-Relax. This is gonna be fine.

You don't know her.


Is Mrs. Stokes here?

I have no idea.

Well, well. Desiree.

Never thought I'd live

to see you back here.

Hello, Mama.

My Lord.

You did get a handsome one,

didn't you?

Good luck moving this. It's three

inches of soil, then solid limestone.

More work, more pay.

Hey! What do you think you're doing?

-They wanted this one saved.

-Is that right?

What do you think, chief?

That thing gonna make it?

It's part of Mr. Meadows' concept.

The chief's concept is everything

that's not flat gets that way, fast.

Plantation sold this lot

with the tree.

When you crackers head back to Georgia,

there better goddamn still be one.

Used to be this was all Exley family.

Hasn't nothing been planted here

in 100 years.

We wanna satisfy the homeowner's

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John Sayles

John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and novelist. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996). His film Men with Guns (1997) has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. His directorial debut, Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980), has been added to the National Film Registry. more…

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