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The United States of Leland (2003)

R | | Drama | 25 March 2005 (Italy)
A young man's experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives.

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Cast

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Ryan Pollard
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Storyline

As a detached kid spends time in juvenile hall for the unspeakable murder of a special needs kid, a writer and the people around him try to comprehend and cope with his reasoning for commiting this murder from the writings in a classroom book from his juvenile class, where he tries to let people know "the why". Written by gavin Johns

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boy | book | writer | teacher | author | See All (167) »

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Crime. Confusion. Compassion. They're all just states of mind.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug content | See all certifications »
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25 March 2005 (Italy)  »

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20 Messerstiche  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$48,384 (USA) (2 April 2004)

Gross:

$343,816 (USA) (9 July 2004)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A recurring element of the film is the fact that Leland doesn't have any contact with his father, absent ever since his childhood. Ryan Gosling never shares any scenes with Kevin Spacey and in the courtroom sequence, even though both characters are present, they're never in the same frame. See more »

Goofs

When Leland is watching the basketball game with the other inmate, the sun is shining through the window, however, the shadows outside are cast in wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Leland: When I say I don't remember that day, I'm not lying. Wish I did, but I just don't. Sometimes the most important stuff goes away. Goes away so bad, it's like it was never there to begin with. It's funny the stuff that sticks in your head. I could tell you forward and backward about one day when I was five, and my dad bought me a stupid ice cream cone. I could tell you the flavor of the ice cream. It was pick bubblegum. Even stuff about the girl who scooped it out. Her hair was fire ...
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

White
Written and Performed by Joey Waronker and Lisa Germano
Published by Emotional Wench Music/Door #1 (BMI)/Joey Waronker ?2002
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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a must for anyone
22 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before I saw this film, I read the comment of someone who wasn't very fond of it. This I must admit made me apprehensive to dedicate 1 hour and 48 minutes of my life to it, but I'm glad I did. Ryan Gosling is a fantastic actor, I especially loved the Believer. Don Cheadle was also fantastic. The film presented an interesting view on life and death. It was very touching and very sad, yet it kept me interested, which most touching stories cannot do. It is a film that reckless of whether or not you like it, you should see it. It was unique,and I don;t think that anyone will ever be able to duplicate it. All of the young actors did surprisingly well given the subject matter and the emotion that must have gone into it. I was pleasantly surprised.


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