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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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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 ... Sheriff 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 (as Ernest O'Donnel)
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)
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 Dietrich-Fry .... makeup department head (as Elisabeth Fry)
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 .... 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 .... foley editor
Trevor Metz .... sound effects 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 .... re-recording mixer
Scott Sanders .... sound designer
Glen Trew .... sound mixer
Mathew Waters .... 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)
Location Management
Gerard Averill .... location manager
Julianne Eggold .... key assistant location manager
Justin W. Hill .... key assistant location manager (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
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
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
Samantha Silver Phillips .... office production assistant (as Samantha Silver)
Meghan Quinlan .... assistant: Kevin Smith
Irwin M. Rappaport .... production legal
Gina Ronhovde .... production intern (as Gina Lee Ronhovde)
Christopher T. Sadler .... assistant: Jason Clark
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)
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... the producers wish to thank (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Matt Feury .... the producers wish to thank: AVID Technologies (as Matthew Feury)
Laura Greenlee .... the producers wish to thank
Joe Henry .... the producers wish to thank
Kevin Hyman .... the producers wish to thank
Amy Lemisch .... the producers wish to thank
Regina Nicholson .... the producers wish to thank
Randall Poster .... the producers wish to thank
Steve Ransohoff .... the producers wish to thank
Clovis A. Scott .... the producers wish to thank (as Clovis Scott)
Jay Seiden .... the producers wish to thank
Nancy Rae Stone .... the producers wish to thank
Erin Toner .... the producers wish to thank
Patrick Warren .... the producers wish to thank

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Also Known As:
Rated R for strong violence/disturbing content, some sexual content including brief nudity, and pervasive language
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 | Russia:18+ | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Kevin Smith's lowest budget film since Chasing Amy (1997).See more »
Continuity: After the three kids side-swipe the Sherrif's car their car is missing the right side mirror and then, as they drive away, the mirror is clearly seen in place only to disappear in the next shot.See more »
Mrs. Vasquez:Even the Nazis think this guy is nuckin' futs.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell (2012) (TV)See more »
The Lost ChordSee more »


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93 out of 157 people found the following review useful.
Didn't know Smith had it in him, 3 October 2011
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

I've never considered myself a Kevin Smith fan. While I liked "Mallrats", what I've seen of his other works has left me unimpressed. When I heard he would be tackling a horror film, I wasn't exactly enthused by the prospect, though horror is easily my favorite genre. In fact, I had pretty much forgotten about it until I came across a trailer online. That trailer, combined with the solid cast Smith was able to line up, changed my tune, so I was excited to see the film available on pay-per-view. After watching it, I can safely say that it's Smith's best film to date, which in itself isn't the highest of praise. However, it's also one of the best films I've seen all year.

Through an online ad, three teenage boys find a woman who is willing to have sex with all three of them at the same time. They go off to meet her, but it turns out to be a ploy, and they soon find themselves held captive in the rural compound of Abin Cooper and his fundamentalist religious cult. Cooper's group, known as the Five Points Church, is well-known for protesting at funerals of gays and causing various other commotions due to their beliefs. However, the true extent of how far they're willing to go due to the demoralization of America will soon be known to their three captives.

Smith's films have always been heavy on dialogue, and "Red State" is certainly no different. The dialogue here, though, is no laughing matter, particularly as Abin Cooper delivers a lengthy, vitriol-laced sermon to his flock. Michael Parks ("The Evictors", "From Dusk Til Dawn") has been around for a long time, but never has he been more on top of his game than he is here as the Five Points Church matriarch. You hear hyperbolic terms like "tour de force" thrown around all the time, but Parks' performance in this film is one that truly deserves to be described as such. The hateful conviction with which Cooper gives his sermon and the psychotic glee when he belittles those who don't share his beliefs are scarily real thanks to the strength of Parks, who never misses a beat.

The dialogue and film in general are clearly Smith's take on Fred Phelps and his infamous Westboro Baptist Church, but the film switches gears midway through and throws in some commentary on the Waco/Branch Davidian fiasco as well with the introduction of John Goodman as Joseph Keenan, an ATF agent poised to take out Cooper and his clan. After the local sheriff gets wind of the church's murderous activities, he contacts Keenan, who has been watching the group for quite some time. Keenan leads several ATF agents to the compound for a simple in and out, but after his second in command is shot dead, his superiors inform him that no one is to leave the compound alive, hostages and children included.

From here, the film takes more of an action turn as opposed to the horror-oriented first half. We bare witness to a thrilling shootout as Keenan struggles with his conscience and unlikely allies inside the compound try to find a way to bring the children to safety. Anyone familiar with the events in Waco or documentaries on the incident, such as the infuriating "Waco: The Rules of Engagement", will definitely see the parallels between the real life happenings and what goes on here. Smith's film is just as much an indictment against the ATF and government B.S. as it is against those who give religious people a bad name.

Goodman gives the other great performance of the film as the ATF agent stuck between a rock and a hard place. While his confliction is evident even after he relents and follows the orders of his superiors, he really shines in his final scene where he must explain the events to two government officials. I've always been a huge fan of Goodman's, and his monologue in this scene is some of the best acting of his career. Indeed, belief is a powerful thing. It's what you choose to do with it that defines you.

Also in the cast are Academy Award winner, Melissa Leo, as Abin's daughter, Kevin Pollak in a "mind-blowing" cameo and the always quirky Stephen Root as the troubled sheriff. Smith assembled quite the cast for this venture. Independently financed, the method of release for this film has been odd to say the least, but I'm just happy to have seen it. The tone of the film is sporadic, always shifting and keeping the viewer off kilter. There is a little humor thrown in too, as is to be expected with Smith, but this is a pretty serious picture overall. If I had one qualm with it, it's the whole explanation for the trumpet bit, which seemed a little out there and overcomplicated. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed what Smith delivered here.

If what I've heard is true, and Kevin Smith is intending to retire from filmmaking after his next movie, at least he went out with a bang. "Red State" is a successful change of pace.

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