The Spitfire Grill

Synopsis: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring resentment and fear in some, and growth in others.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Lee David Zlotoff
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

Maine Tourist Office,

how can I help you today?

Yes, ma'am, I can connect you

to the Alagash Hotel.

Between us, it's awful busy

that time of year and...

...the Pine Tree in Dawesport...'s just a skip up the road

for hardly half the price.

Me, ma'am?

I guess I come up here to stay

going on five years now.

I don't believe I could leave Maine

even if I wanted to.

No, ma'am, there's nothing else

like it nowhere.

When the sugar maples turn scarlet

and the hickories go all gold it's like...

...seeing the colors of paradise

come back to you...

...even if it don't last but a week.

You're welcome. It's been

real nice talking to you.

Have a nice day.

"Like seeing the colors of paradise

come back to you. "

Where you get that

sh*t from, Percy?

All you seen of Maine

is the inside of this prison.

Most people'd rather hear a good lie

over the truth any day.

Now, you getting out.

You best watch that lying, girl.

Maine Tourist Office,

how can I help you today?

Don't say I told you, but I was there.

And that's what she said, Sarah.

Now, what's this?


I said my blue shirt...

...needed washing.

I did all the white ones, but there

wasn't enough for a colored load.

I'm showing the quarry tomorrow, Shel,

I told you. I need the blue shirt.

Warden Minton said he'd call.

He called, all right. About someone

looking to start fresh here.

Truth be told,

I didn't take him serious.

Nothing much starts

in Gilead these days.

But here you are.

Yes, sir.

Tell me why you chose Gilead.

Something wrong

with this place?

Oh, no, I wouldn't say that.

If you give any account to the

Indian legends, it was here...

Story goes...

...when the gods heard how beautiful

the land was, they left heaven to see it.

I mean, it does have more pegmatite

rock formations than...

...just about any other county

in the country.

Is that right?

Yes, sir. Had a caller once

wanted to know all about...

...stuff like that.

You lost your last

waitress this winter.

With your hip and all...

Another body in here

ain't gonna cure my hip, Gar'.

Hannah, it don't have

to be permanent, and...'ve got that empty

room upstairs.

And you need the help.

And, Hannah...

You'd be doing me...

...a big favor.

I don't owe you no favors.

Bathroom's at the end of the hall.

There's hot water enough, but not

if you dawdle while you're washing.

There's extra blankets and sheets

in the sideboard.

I give you breakfast at 6:00.

Work starts right at 6:30.

Anything else you need to

know can wait till then.

Lamp's on the right.

Wood's gotta come

in for the stove.

Leave the tending of the fire

to me for now.

Water's gotta be set

to boil for the cereal.

Greens gotta come up

from the root cellar.

If there ain't a gallon of coffee

out there in 15 minutes...

...I'll hear about it

for the whole day.

You got that, have you?


I don't allow no smoking

in the kitchen either.

Will you get that hair out of

your face working around food?

I ain't open yet, Effy.

I know what time you open.

Just come to see if there was something

you needed from the store.

Well, I don't.

And her name is Percy.

You happy?

Don't turn around.

She's coming right to his table.

What can I bring for you?

Hannah knows what I'm having.

That one's been real popular today.

You want coffee with that?

She's going to

pour his coffee...

I saw her from the

store last night.

What's she doing

here anyway?

Don't know and don't care.

She came in...

...on the bus last night.

I saw her coming...

Say, Hannah...

Did I forget to mention...

...I been in prison at Windham

for the last five years?

And I only got sent to

solitary three times.

Imagine that.


'Evening to you, Hannah.

Brought some supplies

back from Bethel.

Got you a box of

new scrubbing pads.

New scrubbing pads?

I had no complaints

about the old ones.

Talked to those fellows

about the quarry again.

They'll come to...

...look at it anytime now.

Well, you let me know

when the rush starts.


I'm Nahum Goddard.

Hannah's my aunt.

You'd be?

Perchance Talbott.

Percy'll do.

I got that real-estate office

across the street.

Where you come from?



I had some clients from Ohio once.

They didn't sound like you.

I wouldn't mind coming from

someplace else if that don't suit you.

I sort of look after Hannah,

so you're apt to be seeing a lot of me.

How much do you

know about this girl?

You've met Henry Minton...

...the warden up

there at Windham?

Short and stout,

kind of balding?

He called...

...and asked if I could

lend her a hand.

That's all it is.

Just the same...

...I think you should have

talked to me about this.

Hannah's a grown woman,

she's got a mind of her own.

She's getting on, Gar'.

I'm not warm to the prospect

of a criminal living with her.

Who do you suppose will

keep an eye on this girl?

Well, if she's working

at the Spitfire...

...who won't?

Did you know we've got

more pegmatite formations...

...around here than

any other county?



I just know we got about a million

ton of granite in that hole.

It ain't gonna dig itself out.

What's that you're reading?

"Rosy-fingered Dawn...

"... came upon the sleeping

sailors and they woke...

"... to resume their long journey. "

I don't think I know that one.

It's a pretty old story.

My name is...

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Lee David Zlotoff

Lee David Zlotoff (born July 10, 1954) is a producer, director and screenwriter best known as the creator of the TV series MacGyver. He started as a screenwriter for Hill Street Blues in 1981. He then became a producer of Remington Steele in 1982. more…

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