Scotland, PA


Top 40% of all time (see others with this rank)

Festival Year

2001 (click here to see all competition films from this year)


Dramatic Competition


James LeGros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken, Kevin Corrigan, Amy Smart, Andy Dick

Non-Cast Credits

Billy Morrissette, Karen Lauder, Marcus Ticotin, Richard Shepard, Jonathan Stern, Wally Pfister, Adam Lichtenstein


The works of William Shakespeare have inspired numerous filmmakers throughout the years. Two of the more prominent adaptations are Kurosawas Ran and Robbins and Wises West Side Story, which masterfully rework King Lear and Romeo and Juliet to sixteenth century Japan and late 50s New York City, respectively. Scotland, PA follows suit with its contemporary adaptation of the bards classic Macbeth, yet takes even more outrageous liberties by comically setting the tale in the burgeoning empire of fast food in early 1970s rural Pennsylvania.

Mac (James Legros) and Pat (Maura Tieney) McBeth are stuck in their dead-end jobs at Duncans Restaurant. Restless and a bit delusional, they hear about the bosss idea for revolutionizing the fast-food industry and hatch a plan that will solve all their woes. As events unfold, it seems the happy couple has attained the American Dream of fame, fortune, and French fries. However, as bodies start dropping, Mac begins to break down further, and Pat becomes more than a little obsessed with a nasty burn spot on her Hand. These incidents arouse the suspicions of coworker, Anthony Banko Banconi (Kevin Corrigan) and police lieutenant Ernie McDuff (Christopher Walken).

Making great use of the soundtrack to help capture the time period, writer/director Billy Morissette turns in an extremely clever debut. With the aid of an experienced cast that lend their wonderfully idiosyncratic talents to an ageless tale of desire, greed, and murder, he has created a film that is wickedly funny and incisive.


Trevor Groth (see other films reviewed by the same reviewer)

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