The Spitfire Grill (1996)
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.
Stars: Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden
Panned by many critics, this movie is a gem of a sleeper. Good cast, beautiful scenery, and a heart warming, encouraging, tender story of forgiveness and friendship. Set in small town America, where the locals are always wary of newcomers, Percy begins working at the Spitfire Grill. She’s fresh from prison, and willing to learn and move forward with her life. In the short time she lives in Gillead, she has a positive influence on the townsfolk. We see relationships restored and lives renewed. As I sobbed through the ending, I realized it offered hope and encouragement for the future, and that made the everything worth it all. I wonder if I’ll leave the world a better place for having lived here? I hope so.
10 tissues out of 10