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The United States of Leland (18-Jan-2003)

Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge

Writer: Matthew Ryan Hoge

Keywords: Crime, Prison

A young man serving a prison sentence for the murder of an autistic boy shares his sad story with his English teacher.

ABSTRACT
Leland Fitzgerald, a sixteen-year old boy guilty of the murder of an autistic child he can't remember committing, is taken under the wing of English teacher Pearl Madison while serving his sentence in a juvenile prison. Pearl, an aspiring professional novelist eager for an enticing story, grows enamored with Leland after learning that he is the son of renowned scribe Albert Fitzgerald; through interviews and details gleaned from a surreptitious journal kept in defiance of the detention center's rules, Pearl helps Leland piece together events leading to his fateful act of violence, doing so while coping with romantic indiscretions and failings in his own life.

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Don Cheadle
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29-Nov-1964   Boogie Nights
Martin Donovan
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Sherilyn Fenn
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1-Feb-1965   Twin Peaks starlet
Ryan Gosling
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12-Nov-1980   Murder by Numbers
Wesley Jonathan
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18-Oct-1978   What I Like About You
Chris Klein
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14-Mar-1979   "Oz" Ostreicher in American Pie
Clyde Kusatsu
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13-Sep-1948   Dr. Fushida on Island Son
Ann Magnuson
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4-Jan-1956   Film actress, Bongwater vocalist
Jena Malone
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21-Nov-1984   Saved!
Lena Olin
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22-Mar-1956   Enemies: A Love Story
Michael Peña
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13-Jan-1976   Crash
Sheeri Rappaport
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27-Oct-1977   Officer Franco on NYPD Blue
Kevin Spacey
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26-Jul-1959   The Usual Suspects
Kerry Washington
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31-Jan-1977   Scandal
Michael Welch
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25-Jul-1987   Luke on Joan of Arcadia
Michelle Williams
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9-Sep-1980   Jen Lindley on Dawson's Creek

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