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USA: Columbia Pictures
UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Julianne Moore, Edie Falco, Ron Eldard, William Forsythe, Aunjanue Ellis, Anthony Mackie, Doug Aguirre, Michalina Almindo, Shawn Andrew, Jonnie Brown, Phil Campanella, Todd Carroll, Dominic Colon, Liza Colón-Zayas, Greg D'Agostino, James DeLeon, Colman Domingo, Brian Dykstra, Robert Feeley, Jason Furlani, Catrina Ganey, Christopher Gilbertson, Richard Gnolfo, Alonzo F Jones, Chance Kelly, Adam Kulbersh, Domenick Lombardozzi, Aasif Mandvi, Dorian Missick, Clarke Peters, Michael Rady, Anslem Richardson, LaTanya Richardson, Julia Roth, Marlon Sherman, Rose Sias, Maduka Steady, Ronald Sylvers, Rebecca Thomas, Haneefah Wood
Director: Joe Roth
UK: 113 mins
USA Rated: R for language and some violent content
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and some violence
USA Release Date: 17 February 2006
UK Release Date: 28 April 2006
The truth is hiding where no one dares to look.
Revolution Studios' powerful drama FREEDOMLAND is a highly charged and gritty mystery of a carjacking, a missing child and a neighborhood torn asunder, based on the best-selling novel by Richard Price.
Late one night in a working class New Jersey suburb, a bloodied woman staggers mute and dazed into the emergency room at the Dempsy Medical Center.
After treatment for shock and hysteria, Brenda Martin (Julianne Moore) recounts to Dempsy police detective Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson) her horrific tale of being carjacked on the isolated strip of undeveloped land that divides Dempsy's urban housing projects from the blue collar town of Gannon, where she lives. She claims she was forced out of her car by a black man, but during the interrogation Council senses he's not getting the whole story. Only after hours of questioning does Brenda finally break down and confess that her four-year-old son, Cody, was asleep in the back seat of the stolen car.
Led by activist Karen Collucci (Edie Falco), members of the communities of Dempsy and Gannon unite in a search for the missing child, but the criminal investigation into the alleged kidnapping by a suspect who is presumed to be a local from the projects soon ignites long-simmering racial tensions between the two towns.