Winner of 2 Golden Globes

Part 1 of 2. Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt and Paul Newman lead an all-star cast in this two-part miniseries event based on Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. A declining New England town is the setting for this humorous, poignant drama about residents whose lives are inexorably connected by dying industry, class differences and ghosts of the past.

Ed Harris on Having a Good Time Filming Empire Falls

The actor credits his fellow cast members and the director for creating such a positive experience.

Paul Newman on the Appeal of a Small-Town Story

The iconic actor discusses the ebb and flow of time and how it impacts a place like Empire Falls.

Fred Schepisi Didn’t Need Much Convincing

With Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman already attached to the project, the director was sold from the start.

Richard Russo on Painting a Canvas With His Novels

The author starts out with one character, and suddenly finds himself with a small village of people.

Meet the Women of Empire Falls

Helen Hunt, Kate Burton, Estelle Parsons, Theresa Russell and Danielle Panabaker break down their characters.

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