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The United States of Leland [DVD]

Ryan Gosling , Don Cheadle , Matt Malloy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle, Chris Klein, Jena Malone, Lena Olin
  • Directors: Matt Malloy
  • Producers: Jeremy Enigk, Bernie Morris, Jonah Smith
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NBJR8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,539 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kevin Spacey produced this psychological drama about a quiet, unassuming 15-year-old, Leland Fitzgerald (Ryan Gosling), who shocks his family and community by committing the brutal and seemingly senseless murder of the disabled younger brother of his junkie girlfriend, Becky (Jena Malone). After being arrested and sent to a juvenile detention centre, he comes into contact with prison writing teacher Pearl Madison (Don Cheadle), who becomes inspired to write about the events in Leland's life - especially when he discovers that Leland's father is the world-famous novelist Albert Fitzgerald (Spacey). The film premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful little film 10 Mar 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ryan Gosling has long since been one of my favourite actors. I purchased 'The United States Of Leland' on DVD up at a cheap price, and because it was title that I hadn't even heard off, I was excepting it to be an average film, not bad but not great either. However, this was a thoroughly enjoyable movie from start to finish.

Once again, Ryan Gosling excels in his lead role, this time he is playing trouble teenager Leland P. Fitzgerald, who is sent to a juvenile detention after stabbing his ex girlfriend's autistic brother to death. It's a senseless crime which shakes up his family (his self-absorbed, callous father is played by Kevin Spacey) and his small community, with nobody understanding why he did it. Awaiting trail, he is send to Juvenile Hall, where he starts to write about his life. His teacher (played by Don Cheadle), an aspiring writer befriends him and takes Leland under his wing. With in-dept conversations with the boy, he tries to understand what makes him tick, with the initial intention of hoping to revive his own career by writing a book.

The film is often moving, genuinely touching and above all - thought provoking. I don't want to give a great deal away but I will say that 'The United States Of Leland' is an overlooked gem in Ryan Gosling's filmography, even if it isn't quite as good as some of his more largely known movies.

Highly recommended!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem 24 Dec 2005
By E. WISE
Format:DVD
The United States Of Leland is some what a hidden Gem in my opinion, it's an original film and well written to, in a time where we are swamped with sequels, remakes and adaptions of popular books.
We see Ryan talk about his crime, he has no answer, only how he felt, we see how the crime he has commited has affected everyone around him directly. This notion is quite haunting but the film carries a distinct lack of emotion. I did find it hard to sympathise or dislike charcaters, but this should really not deter from the overall film, as it does make you think.
There are good performances from Ryan Gosling, and Don Cheadle, while Kevin Spacey plays a solid supporting role as Leland's absent father. It was also nice to see Chris Klien in a slightly different role to the floppy haired, sensitive jock.
This film depsite it's context is very pleasent and deifnatly worth a watch, also a little beautiful on some level. Among other things is raises intresting questions and thoughts about our morales as people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars marvellous hidden gem 7 Jun 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first got wind of this film because i was searching for all the movies kevin spacey was in that i hadnt seen. he doesnt have too much script in this film,but he did co-produce it. but the lack of spacey doesnt make this any worse,far from it. the lead character for me kinda reminds me of jake gynlenhalls part as 'donnie darko' he has the same quirky mindstate,zip-up hoody,and also the same girlfriend. narrated by him through the film he leads you on a journey as to why,if there is a why,he committed the murder. the final scenes had me in tears and im not shy to say this,maybe its just me, another film it kind of reminds me of is 'pay it forward' only in the way your drawn in to like a character and the ending. all in all a well shot piece of film, i watched it twice back to back,sob sob.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kept secret... 5 Jun 2005
By Tanya
Format:DVD
This movie was such a good find. Unusual and challenging, darkly humourous in places and fearless in approach. I would recommend this film if you liked 'Jesus' Son' or 'Donnie Darko' - they have a similar feel. If you like movies that ask you to think, give this one a try.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Film With A Few Flaws 10 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
The United States Of Leland is part of the growing trend whereby very successful Hollywood actors part take in independent films (Kevin Spacey, Don Cheadle).
Presuming you've read the synopsis I'll go on to critique.
After committing a murder Leland is far from remorseful, going as far to try & justify his actions to others. Although this is slightly unusual, I have a sympathy for Leland & can understand why he did it (not that I agree with it). He isn'tjust some out of hand teenager venting his anger, he has his reasons for doing it, not just to get sick kicks.
What's bad about the movie is the slow pace at which it unravells, it can be very boring with some extrememly long dialogue sequences, like hte idrector presumed the viewer wasn't smart enough to ocme to their own conclusions or make their own assumptions. Other than that it is an insightful, intriguing movie that has a very rare quality that most 'Hollywood Independent' movie fail to contrive.
In ocnclusion a good movie worth watching, you may find it boring in parts, but hang in there, it's worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark, intense film with a strong ending 17 May 2009
By Malved
Format:DVD
This film gets you thinking about how diverse the human mind can be, it explores various human relationships and how people deal with the same tragedy very differently. If you like movies that make you think a bit you will enjoy this and the superb young Ryan Gosling is on top form as always.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holden Caulderisms??? 4 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
Ok, so this kinda took me by surprise, spent the first 3/4 of this just being a little unimpressed, when finally the last part of this comes in with such gravitas it just totally blows you away. I thought during the first half it was just a potentially adequate re-hashing of the Catcher in the Rye, which to a degree it is (similar). It does a very nice job of dealing with some themes more prevalent in modern society and doesn't cast judgements.

A very well-handled film, played well by an interesting cast...
If you liked Half Nelson, this'll work for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the world as it is becoming
our world is ecoming full of sadness, not having feelings, becoming numb to everything happening around us, great movie with a great story
Published 3 months ago by soha saba
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
a quant movie well worth a watch was surprised how much I enjoyed it good story line as well as good acting
Published 5 months ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing view of mental illness
Very sad and disturbing subject matter handled exceptionally maturely. Emotionally upsetting but empathetic as well. Superb acting all round. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Effone
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
I love Ryan Gosling, no homo. I paid around 3 for this film including P&P, I was expecting an average film but was blown away when I saw it. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by PK22
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I bought it because of Ryan Gosling. Even in the beginning of his career you can see how talanted he was. That`s why he is a great actor now. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Anna
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, forced and unoriginal.
After brutally stabbing to death the mentally retarded younger brother of his ex-girlfriend, sixteen year old Leland P. Read more
Published on 17 July 2010 by Ernie
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull
The worst film I've seen since "Gerry".

Like watching paint dry but without the solvent fumes to keep you amused.
Published on 10 July 2006 by A. Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing study of a detached teenage murderer.
Centered around the life of 16 year old Leland (Ryan Gosling) in prison for murdering a mentally retarded boy and his interactions with his prison school teacher Pearl Madison (Don... Read more
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