The Spitfire Grill | 1996

Directed by: Lee David Zlotoff

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Main Plot

Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist) headlines this critically praised drama about a young woman, just out of prison, who finds spiritual redemption working at a cafe in Maine.


  • Alison Elliott's character, Percy Talbott, becomes a catalyst for change and redemption within the small town community.
  • Ellen Burstyn's character, Hannah, becomes a mentor and source of guidance for the main protagonist in the film.
  • Marcia Gay Harden's character plays the role of the owner of the Spitfire Grill, a small-town restaurant.


In the ending of The Spitfire Grill, Percy, a young woman who has been serving time in prison, finds a new beginning in the small town of Gilead. With the help of the community, she transforms the Spitfire Grill, a struggling restaurant, into a thriving business. Along the way, she also helps heal the wounds of the town's residents, including Hannah, the owner of the grill. Percy ultimately finds redemption, forgiveness, and a sense of belonging in Gilead.

Lee David Zlotoff