Freedomland (2006)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  17 February 2006 (USA)
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A black police detective must solve a strange case of a kidnapped boy and deal with a big racial protest.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Williams
Reverend Longway
Lt. Gold
Leo Sullivan
Dr. Anil Chatterjee
Doreen / Rafik's Sister


Late one evening, Brenda Martin, a thirty-seven year old Caucasian woman from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks, enters Dempsy Medical Center in Dempsy, New Jersey with minor injuries, but she is also emotionally distraught. One of the people to who she tells her story is Dempsy Police Detective Lorenzo Council, a black man. That story is that she was just carjacked by another unknown black man when she took a shortcut that she had never traveled between the Armstrong housing projects, where she works at the Rainbow Club, a children's center, and her home in Gannon, New Jersey. Her emotional distress is because her four year old son, Cody, was asleep in the back seat of the car and is thus now in the hands of the carjacker. Brenda's brother, Danny Martin, a police detective in Gannon, cannot help but get directly involved in the investigation despite he operating outside his jurisdiction. His actions do not sit well with Council, who he insinuates is not only not doing his job, ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Gesicht der Wahrheit  »

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Box Office


$37,665,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,707,111 (USA) (17 February 2006)


$12,512,886 (USA) (10 March 2006)

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Did You Know?


Michael Winterbottom was the original director and did extensive work before leaving this project. See more »


The movie is set in 1999, but there is a child wearing a G-Unit pullover in the initial police lock-down scene. G-Unit did not come into being until 2003. See more »


Lorenzo Council: I tell you, 22 years of policing in this city things I see day in, day out makes it very, very hard to have faith in humanity.
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Not even a good try
22 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was a real disappointment to me. All the elements for a fine picture were here. Good story, good actors. Sadly, the picture was not put together well. First blame should go to the director who was not able to restrict himself to the story lines he would be able to tell effectively. Next to blame is also the director who edited the film with superfluous characters and dead end plot lines. Several very good acting performances were squandered in this mishmash. Julliene Moore and Samuel L. were great (As always). Ron Eldard is a favorite of mine. He never gets the romantic lead, but provides great dramatic wallop. Unfortunately his character had nothing to do with the story. Typically, the scene where he overhears the confession of Billy is meaningless, nothing comes of it and his character disappears afterward. I'm not sure this was even a good try. Save your money.

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