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The United States of Leland ()


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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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Pearl Madison
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Leland P. Fitzgerald
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Allen Harris
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Becky Pollard
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Marybeth Fitzgerald
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Albert T. Fitzgerald
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Julie Pollard
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Harry Pollard
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Karen Pollard
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Ayesha
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Mrs. Calderon
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Charlie
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Bengel
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Guillermo
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Ryan Pollard
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Elden
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Dave
Nick Kokich ...
Kevin
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Miranda
Leyna Nguyen ...
TV Reporter
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Ben
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Sheriff Donaldson
Jody Wood ...
Cop One
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Security Guard
Kathleen S. Dunn ...
Doris (as Kathleen Dunn)
Tony McEwing ...
News Anchor
Lawrence Lowe ...
Detention Specialist
Charles Hess ...
Main Entrance Guard
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Myra
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Airplane Woman
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6-Year-Old Leland
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Bethany
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Court Officer
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Judge
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Hotel Waitress
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Mechanic
Alec Medlock ...
12-Year-Old Leland
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Cemetery Reporter
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Mechanic #2
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First Officer
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Second Officer
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Doctor (as Kevin Kelly)
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Grocery Guy
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Student (as Eric Ty Hodges)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jonathan Adler ...
Neighbor (uncredited)
Brayden Cahill ...
Alex (uncredited)
Edward T. McAvoy ...
Creepy Old Man (uncredited)
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Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by

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Matthew Ryan Hoge

Written by

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Matthew Ryan Hoge ... (written by)

Produced by

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Mark Damon ... executive producer
Stewart Hall ... executive producer
Sammy Lee ... executive producer
Bernie Morris ... producer
Jonah Smith ... producer
Kevin Spacey ... producer
Dara Weintraub ... co-producer / line producer
Palmer West ... producer

Music by

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Jeremy Enigk

Cinematography by

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James Glennon

Film Editing by

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Jeff Betancourt

Editorial Department

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Joe Fineman ... post-production consultant
Mato ... color timer
Michael Nouryeh ... assistant editor
Jon Rocke ... colorist: dailies

Casting By

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Emily Schweber

Production Design by

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Edward T. McAvoy

Art Direction by

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William Arnold ... (as Bill Arnold)
Kevin Constant

Set Decoration by

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Jan Pascale

Costume Design by

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Genevieve Tyrrell

Makeup Department

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Amy L. Disarro ... additional makeup artist (as Amy Disarro)
Marina Hart ... additional hair stylist
Voni Hinkle ... hair department head
Melanie Hughes ... makeup department head (as Melanie Hughes-Weaver)
Ben Nye Jr. ... makeup department head
Shari Perry ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Michelle LeDoux ... production manager
Michael Toji ... post-production supervisor
Dara Weintraub ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Susan Abrams ... second assistant director
William Paul Clark ... assistant director
Heather Grierson ... second second assistant director
Keith Jones ... additional second second assistant director
Dawn Massaro ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Ronnie Baker ... swing gang
Mychael Bates ... property master
Jenny Baum ... on-set dresser
Sam Brinson ... construction foreman (as Samuel Brinson)
Alan Burg ... swing gang
Dennis DeGeorge ... swing gang (as Dennis De George)
Louise Del Araujo ... lead man
Arnold Durazo Jr. ... propmaker
Cory Fama ... laborer
Joseph C. Fama ... construction coordinator (as Joe Fama)
Iola Kay Fiengo ... assistant property master
Deborah Harman ... swing gang
James Harne ... propmaker
Richard McConnell ... construction coordinator: re-shoots
Jim McDonald ... property maker (as James McDonald)
Mark Molina ... assistant art director
Tony Nuñez ... assistant props
John 'Johnny O' Ornelas ... assistant property master
Heather Pemble ... art department production assistant
Paul M. Rohrbaugh III ... scenic painter (as Paul Rohrbaugh)
Kenneth Roth ... propmaker
Katie Sanner ... assistant property master
Art Vasenius ... lead man
Michael Wynands ... propmaker

Sound Department

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David Franklin Bergad ... adr editor / dialogue editor / sound editor
Mark Berger ... supervising re-recording mixer
Frank Canonica ... supervising sound recordist: mix stage
Misty Conn ... boom operator
Ben Conrad ... foley recordist
Piotr Filipowski ... sound effects editor
Chris Gridley ... assistant sound editor
Nathan Gunn ... assistant sound editor
Amy Hammer ... mix facility coordinator
Clarissa Keller ... adr facility coordinator
Alex Names ... cableperson
Chris Navarro ... adr recordist
John Nutt ... supervising sound editor
Margie O'Malley ... foley artist
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Jonathan Schwartz ... apprentice sound editor
Daniel Sperry ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Patti Tauscher ... foley editor
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer
Richard Van Dyke ... production sound mixer
James Willetts ... assistant foley recordist

Special Effects by

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David P. Kelsey ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Christopher Dusendschon ... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Adam Hawkey ... lead compositor: iO Film

Stunts

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Keith Adams ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Garrett Benson ... first assistant camera: second camera
Kevin Brennan ... gaffer
Davie Brown ... key grip
Tony Bryan ... electrician
Jeff Butters ... gaffer
Earl L. Clark ... camera operator: second camera (as Earl Clark)
Matthew Coleman ... electrician (as Matt 'Madman' Coleman)
Ronald De Torres ... set lighting technician (as Ronald K. De torres)
Matthew A. Del Ruth ... second assistant camera
Sean W. Del Ruth ... camera loader
Maurizio Dotto ... first assistant camera: second camera (as Nino Dotto)
Robert Edesa ... camera operator / director of photography: additional photography
Casey Ellison ... electrician
Fernando Frausto ... company grip
Todd Fullerton ... video playback operator
Mike Gentile ... additional camera loader
Paul A. Hardiman ... electrician (as Paul Hardiman)
Michael Hester ... company grip
Casey Hotchkiss ... camera operator: second camera (as Case Hotchkiss)
Tino Jimenez ... electrician
Mark La Bonge ... Steadicam operator
Ama MacDonald ... electrician (as Ama McDonald)
Jeffrey Maroun ... electrician (as Jeff Maroun)
Chuck Mason ... electrician
Alyosha Mattei ... electrician (as Osha Mattei)
Robert D. McBride ... camera operator: second camera (as Bob McBride)
Terence McNally ... electrician
David L. Merrill ... key grip
Dominic Napolitano ... first assistant camera
Ron Peterson ... second assistant camera: second camera
Danny Plante ... company grip
John J. Plante ... best boy grip (as John Plantes)
Rudy Pohlert ... best boy electric
Lionel T. Portugal II ... company grip
Lionel T. Portugal Sr. ... best boy grip
Chris Portugal ... company grip
Eric Roizman ... assistant camera: "b" camera
Lorey Sebastian ... still photographer
Louis Sevol ... second assistant camera
David Terry ... dolly grip
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. ... first assistant camera
Troy N. Wade ... dolly grip (as Troy Wade)
Frans Wetterings III ... best boy electric (as Frans Wetterings)
Rhett Wooden ... company grip

Casting Department

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Lyndsey Gayer ... casting assistant
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Rich King ... extras casting
Kelly Hunt ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mynka Draper ... costume supervisor
Molly Grundman ... key set costumer
Heidi Higginbotham ... costume supervisor
Michele Posch ... costumer

Location Management

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Kent James Stewart Barber ... assistant location manager (as James Barber)
Christine Bonnem ... location manager
Kieron Estrada ... location scout
Kelly Harris ... assistant location manager
Thomas J. Healy IV ... key assistant location manager / location scout (as Thomas Healy)
Kyle Oliver ... assistant location manager (as Kyle 'Snappy' Oliver)
Nathan Polatin ... location manager

Music Department

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Mike Flicker ... supervising music editor
Matt Friedman ... music editor
Jeff Lingle ... music editor
Tracy McKnight ... music supervisor
Alysia Oakley ... assistant to music supervisor
Geoff Ott ... recording engineer
Reed Ruddy ... music engineer
BC Smith ... music producer

Transportation Department

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J. Armin Garza II ... driver: camera car
Michael Merrick ... transportation coordinator
Matthew Talamantes ... driver
Gary Wiseman ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Edgar Avendaño ... assistant: Mr. Hoge
Sarah Bay Williams ... executive: Trigger Street
Drew Bayers ... assistant: Mr. Morris
Frank Caridi ... set production assistant (as Frank J. Caridi)
Ingrid Coree ... body double
Jon Damon ... set production assistant
Jaime Davis ... production assistant
Kimberly Edwards ... post-production accountant
Sean Ervin ... assistant: Mr. Spacey
Lee Ettinger ... sales and distribution head
Eric L. Fersten ... assistant to co-producer
Billy Greenfield ... office production assistant (as William Robert Greenfield)
Celeste Healy ... production coordinator
Heather Heath ... payroll accountant
Zack Heath ... production assistant
Michelle Hoffman ... craft service assistant
Baron Jay ... stand-in for don cheadle
Adam Jordan ... production assistant
Astrid Kemnitz ... first assistant accountant
Jeff Lane ... production assistant / set production assistant
Stephanie Lewis ... assistant: Mr. Smith and Mr. West
Peter Madamba ... script researcher
Jay Mason ... script supervisor
Brian McMillan ... animal trainer
Vikki McMillan ... animal trainer
Lucas Moore ... studio teacher: Michael Welch
Robert W. Morgenroth ... video effects supervisor (as Bob Morgenroth)
Nancy Pyne-Hapke ... studio teacher
Devan Richardson ... craft service foreman
Jose Salas ... chef
Matt Sprague ... office production assistant
Stephanie Stearns ... production assistant
Marsha L. Swinton ... production accountant
Kirk Tedeski ... video coordinator
Scott Tuft ... production assistant
Jude S. Walko ... assistant production coordinator
Melissa Fowler ... production assistant (uncredited)
Arif S. Kinchen ... additional voices (uncredited)

Thanks

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Donald Barthelme ... special thanks
Tamara Birkemoe ... thanks (as Tamara Stuparich de la Barra)
Brian Costello ... special thanks
Mark Oliver Everett ... special thanks (as E)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Crime. Confusion. Compassion. They're all just states of mind. See more »
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Also Known As
  • United States of Leland (France)
  • Solitude - Die Geheimnisvolle Welt des Leland Fitzgerald (Germany)
  • State of Mind (Germany)
  • 20 Messerstiche (Germany)
  • El mundo de Leland (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $48,384, 04 Apr 2004

Did You Know?

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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 In this movie, set in Arizona, all the cars shown have front and back license plates. However, in Arizona you are only issued two license plates if you have a personalized plate which none of the cars in the movie had. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The United States of Leland (2004). See more »
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Quotes Leland: It covers my eyes. It's all I can see. Say there's some kids playing baseball. All I see is the one kid they won't let play because he tells corny jokes. And no-one thinks they're funny. Or I see a boy and a girl in love and kissing, you know. I just see that they're gonna be one of those sad old couples one day who just cheats on each other and can't even look at each other in the eye. And I feel it. I feel all of their sadness. I feel it probably even worse than that sad old couple or that corny kid will ever feel it.
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