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R| 1 hr. 48 min.

Plot Summary
A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald (Ryan Gosling) is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky (Jena Malone). As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison (Don Cheadle), a teacher at the prison, decides to write about Leland's case. Meanwhile, others affected by the murder, including Becky and her sister, Julie (Michelle Williams), must contend with their own problems.

Cast: Don Cheadle , Ryan Gosling , Chris Klein , Jena Malone , Lena Olin , Kevin Spacey , Michelle Williams , Martin Donovan

Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Leland Productions Inc., Paramount Pictures, MDP Worldwide

The United States of Leland (2003)

Release Date: April 2nd, 2004|1 hr. 48 min.

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  • 25
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    As bad as its title. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A tale of disaffection, devastation and epiphanies of the catastrophic kind. show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    There's a reason filmmaking is considered a craft, and Hoge, a former teacher in a juvenile prison, cannot pull off what would be a tricky proposition for a skilled veteran. show more

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