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Red State -- See RED STATE before it is in theaters! The abduction of three teenaged boys leads to a guns-blazing standoff between a military task force and a band of fanatical fundamentalists.
Red State -- Set in Middle America, a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
Red State -- A group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America.


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  (in credits order)

Michael Angarano ... Travis
Deborah Aquila ... Mrs. Vasquez

Nicholas Braun ... Billy-Ray

Ronnie Connell ... Randy

Kaylee DeFer ... Dana
Joey Figueroa ... Route 9 Friend

Kyle Gallner ... Jarod

Anna Gunn ... Travis' Mother

Matt Jones ... Deputy Pete

John Lacy ... Travis' Father

Catherine McCord ... News Reporter

Alexa Nikolas ... Jesse

Stephen Root ... Sherrif Wynan

Cooper Thornton ... Plastic Wrap Man

Betty Aberlin ... Abigail

Kerry Bishé ... Cheyenne

Ralph Garman ... Caleb

Melissa Leo ... Sara

Molly Livingston ... Fiona May

James Parks ... Mordechai

Michael Parks ... Abin Cooper

Haley Ramm ... Maggie

Jennifer Schwalbach Smith ... Esther (as Jennifer Schwalbach)

Elizabeth Tripp ... Melanie
Ash Barnett ... Believer
Taylor Briggs ... Believer
Bill Cleavelin ... Believer

Rose Colasanti ... Believer

Shawn Driscoll ... Believer
Ivy Klein ... Believer

Carryl Lynn ... Believer
Sadey Paige Nifong ... Believer

Scott Nifong ... Believer

Alyssa Petersen ... Believer
Marnie Shelton ... Believer

Gary Sievers ... Believer

Kevin Alejandro ... Harry, the Tactical Agent

Marc Blucas ... ATF Sniper

Patrick Fischler ... Agent Hammond

John Goodman ... Joseph Keenan

Kevin Pollak ... ASAC Brooks

David Marciano ... Agent Eccles

Damian Young ... Agent Carol
Eric Andris ... ATF Agent
Dylan Belardinelli ... ATF Agent
William Fix ... ATF Agent
Edward Janda ... ATF Agent
Ernest O'Donnell ... ATF Agent
Mike Mello ... ATF Agent
Joshua Poole ... ATF Agent
Ryan Quinlan ... ATF Agent (as Ryan Quinlen)
Debbie Sperry ... ATF Agent
Corey Stevens ... ATF Agent
Peter Yaya ... ATF Agent
Robert Zimiga ... ATF Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Morgan Bertsch ... Young look a like (uncredited)

Jeffrey T Ferguson ... Firefighter (uncredited)

Molly Hagan ... Janet Keenan (uncredited)
Erin Hassidim ... High School Student (uncredited)
Tim Isenman ... Jacob Harlow (uncredited)
Adam Masnyk ... Daunting Student (uncredited)
David James McKenzie ... High School Student (uncredited)

Robert Paul Taylor ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Smith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kevin Smith  written by

Produced by
Victor Choy .... executive producer
Jason Clark .... executive producer
Philip Elway .... executive producer
Jonathan Gordon .... producer
Shea Kammer .... executive producer
Nhaelan McMillan .... executive producer
Elyse Seiden .... executive producer
Harvey Cohen .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Klein (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kevin Smith 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Cabot McMullen 
Art Direction by
Susan Bolles 
Set Decoration by
Dorit Hurst  (as Dorit Oberman Hurst)
Costume Design by
Beth Pasternak 
Makeup Department
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup department head
Cheryl Marks .... hair department head
Todd Masters .... makeup effects designer: MastersFX
Julia Papworth .... key hair stylist
Dan Rebert .... makeup effects producer: MastersFX
Richard Redlefsen .... key makeup artist
Mark Viniello .... makeup effects coordinator: MastersFX
Kymber Blake .... daily makeup artist (uncredited)
Lesley Poling .... additional hairstylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jason Clark .... unit production manager
Shea Kammer .... production supervisor
Leslie Rodier .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Druxman .... first assistant director
Danny Giles .... second assistant director (as Daniel A. Giles-Valera)
Marc Newland .... second second assistant director
Phil DeSanti .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Kyle Aho .... graphic designer:
Andrew Alexander .... set dresser
Bryan L. Anderson .... construction general foreman
Bruce DuVall .... stand-by painter
Becky Herron .... art department coordinator
Stephen Hoeger .... assistant property master
Mike Horn .... on-set dresser (as Michael Horn)
Tim Lehman .... charge painter
Ryan Martin .... leadman
Brett McKenzie .... art department coordinator
Scott Nifong .... property master
John Saiger .... construction location foreman
Clovis A. Scott .... greensman
Jim Tholen Jr. .... propmaker foreman
Jim Tholen Sr. .... construction coordinator
Aiyana Trotter .... art department production assistant
Robert Turner .... set dresser
Roberto Zamudio .... set dresser (as Rob Zamudio)
Tom Zawacki .... set dresser
Grant Lawley .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Bartkowicz .... sound re-recording engineer
Eric Bautista .... sound utility (as Eric A. Bautista)
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer (as Rod Bedrosian)
Kyle Billingsley .... supervising foley mixer
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Rickley W. Dumm .... sound effects editor
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (as Richard Dwan)
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Trevor Metz .... sound editor
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Andy Potvin .... dolby sound consultant
David Raymond .... boom operator (as David Fiske Raymond)
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... sound designer
Scott Sanders .... sound re-recording mixer
Glen Trew .... sound mixer
Mathew Waters .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor
Andrew Edelman .... additional boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charles Belardinelli .... special effects supervisor
Thomas L. Bellissimo .... special effects technician (as Thomas Bellissimo)
Shaun Glendenning .... special effects technician
James Ochoa .... special effects foreman
Frank L. Pope .... special effects technician
Matt Prosser .... special effects technician
Ronald Zarro .... special effects technician (as Ron Zarro)
Visual Effects by
David Cole .... supervising digital colorist
Sean Cushing .... visual effects producer: Cantina Creative
Andrew Furlong .... lead visual effects artist: Cantina Creative
Stephen Lawes .... visual effects supervisor: Cantina Creative
Brian Patrick Collins .... stunts (as Brian Collins)
Laurie Creach .... stunts
Joey Gardner .... stunts
Derek Graf .... stunts
Ben Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Chloe Jensen .... stunts
Ethan Jensen .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Kim Kahana Jr. .... stunts
Megan Lurty .... stunts
Andrew Sarvis .... stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (as Monty Simmons)
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
Ethan Wayne .... stunts
Derek Graf .... stunt double: Matt L. Jones (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eduardo Barraza .... grip
Craig Bilodeau .... grip
Matthew C. Blea .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Matthew Blea)
Nathaniel Bozen .... lamp operator
Craig Cockerill .... camera operator: "c" camera
Mark Colicci .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Jacob Diaz .... lamp operator
Todd Dos Reis .... director of photography: second unit (as Todd A. Dos Reis)
Peter Drinco .... key grip
Carl Flood .... lamp operator
Mary Funsten .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Drew Ganyer .... digital loader
Jeremy Graham .... gaffer
Ric Griffith .... dolly grip
Robert D. Guthrie .... camera intern (as Robert Guthrie)
Thomas Holm Deleurang .... lamp operator (as Thomas Holm)
Pete Johnson .... grip
Scott C. Johnston .... key rigging grip
Patrick Meade Jones .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Patrick Jones)
David Klein .... camera operator: "a" camera
Brian J. Kronenberg .... dolly grip: b camera
Dominick Kypragoras .... best boy electric
Scott Lovejoy .... camera intern
Tim Nagasawa .... digital imaging technician
Tyler Neisinger .... camera intern
Adam Newell .... second assistant camera: "c" camera
Jeremy Noggles .... best boy grip
Jesse Olivares .... video assist operator
Jeff Pelton .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Richard Pelusi .... rigging best boy
Tony Rivetti Jr. .... still photographer (as Anthony Michael Rivetti)
Rocky Rodriguez .... grip (as Rocky S. Rodriguez)
Robert Shoemaker .... rigging gaffer
Dwight Elliott Stone .... grip
Dennis Wong .... rigging grip
Micael Albrecht .... electrician (uncredited)
Dan Cassell .... electrician (uncredited)
Sal Coniglio .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Rick Davidson .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Scott Donahue .... grip (uncredited)
Joey Figueroa .... camera operator: behind the scenes (uncredited)
Austin Keller .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Zak Knutson .... camera operator: behind the scenes (uncredited)
Johnny Medeiros .... additional video assist engineer (uncredited)
Tony Olivieri .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mark Pickens .... dolly grip (uncredited)
David Schmalz .... video assist operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carla Lewis .... extras casting associate
Deedra Ricketts .... extras casting (as Deedee Walts)
Deedra Ricketts .... extras casting
Lisa Zagoria .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annalisa Adams .... costumer
Oscar Alvarez .... set costumer
Dina Dominguez .... set costumer
Jose S. Hernandez .... set costumer
Robert Iannaccone .... set costumer (as Bob Iannaccone)
Patty Malkin .... costume supervisor
Nino .... set costumer
Heather Montagna .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David Cole .... digital intermediate colorist
Valance Eisleben .... digital intermediate conform editor
Ryan Helsley .... digital intermediate producer
Sorin Ariel Iarovici .... first assistant editor (as Sorin Iarovici)
Sadie D. Johnson .... digital intermediate assistant producer (as Sadie Johnson)
Carrie Oliver .... digital intermediate conform and color support
Mathieu Reid .... color timer (as Matt Reid)
Stacy Underhill .... digital intermediate conform editor
Daniel Yang .... dailies operator
Kyle DeVriendt .... digital film recordist (uncredited)
Damian McDonnell .... additional digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)
Jay Steinberg .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Georgiana Ramsland .... music editor
Robin Urdang .... music clearance: Reel Music
Johnny Rossa .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jim Babbidge .... driver
Don Feeney .... transportation captain
Darius Guerrero .... driver
David Joseph .... driver
Karl Matson-dekay .... driver (as Katl Matson-Dekay)
Jacqueline Mouneau .... driver (as Jacqueline Mouneu)
Leo A. Mouneu Jr. .... driver
Derek Raser .... transportation coordinator
Carlos Williams .... driver
Lonnie Craig .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Gerard Averill .... location manager
Theresa Balaszi .... insurance agent: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Anthony Baratta .... insurance agent: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Steve Beeson .... production accountant
Dave Bennett .... representative: Film Finances Inc.
Melissa Bloom .... assistant: Jonathan Gordon
Alasdair Boyd .... additional location manager
Steven Clawson .... stand-in (as Steve Clawson)
Steven Clawson .... stand-in: John Goodman
Julianne Eggold .... key assistant location manager
Philip Elway .... production legal
Joey Figueroa .... news report regment: Chop Shop Entertainment
Nickolaus Hernandez .... production intern
Tim Isenman .... production intern (as Tim 'Jellybean'Isenman)
Paul Jaconi-Biery .... production coordinator
Laura Jones .... set production assistant
Ruba Kharuf .... assistant production accountant
Brian M. Kingman .... insurance agent: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Zak Knutson .... news report segment: Chop Shop Entertainment
Melissa Lynn La Marr .... production secretary
Ryan Lacen .... set production assistant (as Ryan Michael Lacen)
Eloy Lara .... set medic (as Eloy Lara Jr.)
Mela Lee .... adr voice replacement
Jim Lindsey .... stand-in
Juliet Lopez .... accounting clerk
Roberto Lopez .... head chef
Megan Lurty .... set production assistant
Mike Mcgrath .... production intern (as Michael Riley McGrath)
Jan McWilliams .... script supervisor
Isaac Mejía .... set production assistant
Mike Mello .... technical consultant
Robin E. Michels .... construction medic (as Robin Michels)
Scott 'Mojo' Modrzynski .... production intern
Tayelor Nifong .... assistant armorer
Peter K. Orr .... armorer
Meghan Quinlan .... assistant: Kevin Smith
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production legal
Gina Ronhovde .... production intern (as Gina Lee Ronhovde)
Christopher T. Sadler .... assistant: Jason Clark
Samantha Silver .... office production assistant
James W. Smith .... set production assistant (as James Smith)
Linda Stanley .... studio teacher
Suzanne Van Dyke .... construction medic (as Suzie Van Dyke)
Eric van Winkle .... office production assistant
Peter Vogel .... assistant production coordinator
Alma Weaks .... craft service
John Weber .... accounting clerk
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice director (uncredited)
Angie Conners .... international marketing (uncredited)
Natasha Delahunt .... stand-in (uncredited)
Heather Haase .... assistant locations (uncredited)
Justin W. Hill .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Clovis A. Scott .... thanks (as Clovis Scott)

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Rated R for strong violence/disturbing content, some sexual content including brief nudity, and pervasive language
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA15+ | Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | Germany:18 | Ireland:18 | Japan:R15+ | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R

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Kevin Smith stated on his podcast Hollywood Babble-On 55 that the name Abin Cooper comes from the Green Lantern character Abin Sur and a character from indie film The Reflecting Skin (1990).See more »
Continuity: (at around 1h 13 mins) At the end of Cooper's paraphrase of the opening of the seven seals, he throws his arms above his head. He then slowly lowers them- twice. First in an over-the-shoulder shot of actor John Goodman, and again in the next shot, a frontal shot of the good preacher.See more »
Joseph Keenan:People just do the strangest things when they believe they're entitled. But they do even stranger things when they just plain believe.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Jackass" (2000)See more »
Lyin', Drinkin', Stealin'See more »


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82 out of 158 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Work, Mr. Smith!, 5 March 2011
Author: ( from Valley Stream, America

So, a friend of mine won tickets to catch a screening of "Red State" followed by a Q&A session with Kevin Smith and the cast, which included Melissa Leo, John Goodman, and more. The show was at the stunning Radio City Music Hall, which felt strange considering the elegance of the venue when pitted against the griminess of the film. The film was wonderful. In Smith's own words, "A nasty-ass little horror flick with few (if any) likable characters". Three young men encounter a cult-like church (modeled after the ever-so-famous Westboro Baptist Church), whom they discover is up to more than simply protesting funerals. That's about as much as you need to know. This is easily Smith's best work to date. From a visual/directing standpoint, the camera is so effectively used to capture the unsettling tone. He makes an extensive use of the shaky-cam, which, but in more creative ways that I've seen in recent times. The shaking is definitely more subtle than say "the Bourne Identity", which adds just the perfect amount of tension during dialogue heavy scenes, and just the right intensity during the more violent ones. Both are which are in great quantities. The quality of the picture was also very good (shot of Red Cinema cameras). The sound is also a high point of praise. The real charm of the movie is its unsettling tone, which pervades throughout most of it. There is no real score here, either. Every song you hear is within the film itself, mostly sung by Michael Parks, the man playing the villainous preacher. And speaking of him, I must say that his performance was Oscar worthy. Absolutely terrifying. The writing itself might be where my few criticisms lie. The film has many twists, a few too many for my liking. These "surprises" impress a lot of people, but to me, they come off as cheap and make the film feel really inconsistent at times. Also, whereas the first half of the film is a genuinely frightening horror film, the second half feels most like an action/thriller. It was all very good, but only until the film nears its conclusion does it really feel scary again. But, the writing is also rather impressive. When I look back on it, nothing in the film feels superfluous, it all flows and connects greatly. The opening few scenes set the rest of the film up awesomely. And, of course, there's a small dose of humor in it, much of it compliments of Mr. JOHN F-ING GOODMAN. The Cast was all fantastic, but particularly Parks, Melissa Leo, and John Goodman come off as shining stars here. The Q&A was fun, mostly because I got to see such awesome people in person, but I never got to ask my question, and some of the questions asked were so bad they got boo's all around from the rest of the audience. All in all, when Red State hits theaters this October, you really need to see it. It's all around a wonderful piece of indie cinema, and will satisfy horror-fans, and casual movie goers alike. My rating, 8/10. I have every intention of seeing this again when it's actually released. P.S. Best Opening credit sequence ever!!!

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