May 10, 2012

Maine's the one

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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"Lake Placid" (1999): A horror film about a man-eating lake creature in northern Maine. Written and produced by Maine-born TV show creator David E. Kelley.

 "It Happened to Jane" (1959): Doris Day is raising two kids while running a lobster business in fictional Cape Anne, Maine, and being courted by Jack Lemmon, among others.

"Welcome to Mooseport" (2004): A farce featuring Gene Hackman as an ex-president running for mayor of Mooseport, Maine, against Ray Romano.


"Wet Hot American Summer" (2001): A satire with Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce set in a fictional Jewish summer camp near Waterville. This has something of a cult following.

"The Cider House Rules" (1999): Tobey Maguire stars as an orphan in a remote Maine town, with Michael Caine as the orphanage director. Caine won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role, and John Irving won one for best screenplay. A beach scene was filmed in Acadia National Park.

"The Shawshank Redemption" (1994): Based on a Stephen King story and filmed mostly in Ohio, this film stars Tim Robbins as a Portland banker wrongly convicted of murder who befriends Morgan Freeman in a Maine prison. In fact, most of King's movies are set in Maine, so you can pretty much just grab anything off the shelf with his name on it to see how the state is portrayed. (Hint: It's not going to be very cheerful.)


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Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in “The Shawshank Redemption”

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Dakota Fanning in “Charlotte’s Web”

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Ray Romano in “Welcome to Mooseport”

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“It Happened to Jane,” starring Doris Day and Jack Lemmon, was set – but not filmed – in Maine.

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“Empire Falls,” based on Maine novelist Richard Russo’s book, was both set and filmed in Maine.


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