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Land of Plenty (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 7 October 2004 (Germany)
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A drama that investigates anxiety and disillusionment in America.

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Wim Wenders

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Wim Wenders (story), Scott Derrickson (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Lana
John Diehl ... Paul
Shaun Toub ... Hassan
Wendell Pierce ... Henry
Richard Edson ... Jimmy
Burt Young ... Sherman
Yuri Elvin Yuri Elvin ... Officer Elvin (as Yuri Z. Elvin)
Jeris Poindexter ... Charles (as Jeris Lee Poindexter)
Rhonda Stubbins White ... Dee Dee
Victoria Thomas Victoria Thomas ... News Reporter
Matthew Kimbrough ... News Anchor
Paul West Paul West ... Policeman
Jeffrey Vincent Parise ... Coroner's Assistant (as Jeff Parise)
Christa Lang Christa Lang ... Trailer Park Woman
Warren Stearns ... Mortician
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Storyline

The American daughter of missionaries Lana returns to Los Angeles from Palestine to work in a mission helping homeless people. Lana was born in Ohio and raised in South Africa and Middle East, and she is an authentic citizen of the world, connected through Internet and aware of how other people see the lack of culture and knowledge and exaggerated patriotism of average American people. Her unique relative is her unknown uncle Paul, a veteran of Vietnam War that cut relationships with his family and is bigot and paranoid. Paul lives in a surveillance van, lives as if he were a secret agent, sees conspiracy and terrorist cells everywhere, and has a great prejudice against Arabs and other non-American breeds after the September, 11th. They meet each other, and when they see the murder of a poor Pakistanis nearby the mission, they travel together to the small town of Trone to deliver his corpse to the family, where Paul sees a different reality. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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USA | Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Angst and Alienation in America See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Lana and Paul are talking on the roof, a sign can be seen in the distance reading "The New Million Dollar Hotel". This can be seen as a reference to Wim Wenders' film The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), but the hotel is actually right next to Skid Row, where most of this film was shot. See more »

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When Henry picks Lana up from the airport, a member of the crew is visible in the rear window of his pickup truck, holding a bounce board to reflect light on the actors. See more »

Quotes

Paul: They're trying to destroy our country. They're trying to infect us. I'm not going to let them.
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References The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) See more »

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Plenty Provoking
19 January 2005 | by vickers-1See all my reviews

Somewhere in Trona, a near-ghost town you pass through on the road to Death Valley, the full extent of Uncle Paul's delusions is demonstrated. And at that same moment, I realized he was the personification of post-9/11 America, raging, raving, striking blindly at false targets, and kidding ourselves that we are safer now that we've invaded Iraq without justification and reelected the worst U.S. president in history. The film promises there may be some hope for us. But only if we have the courage to stand on the edge of the abyss. The line that resonated most for me was that the 3,000 innocent people who died in 9/11 could not have wanted their deaths to lead to more dying. This movie was a masterpiece. It finally offered me a way to think about 9/11 and subsequent events without making me crazy and despairing.


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