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Red State

Year:
Duration:
88 min
Genres:
Action | Crime | Horror | Thriller
IMDB rate:
6.2
Director:
Kevin Smith
Awards:
3 wins & 7 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2011-09-30
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $4,000,000
Opening Weekend: $204,230 (USA) (6 March 2011)
Gross: $1,065,000 (USA) (28 August 2011)
Cast
Actor
Character
Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
Red State
Michael Parks
Michael Parks
Red State
Kyle Gallner
Kyle Gallner
Red State
Michael Angarano
Travis
Deborah Aquila
Mrs. Vasquez
Nicholas Braun
Billy-Ray
Ronnie Connell
Randy
Kaylee DeFer
Dana
Joey Figueroa
Route 9 Friend
Anna Gunn
Travis' Mother
Matt Jones
Deputy Pete
John Lacy
Travis' Father
Catherine McCord
News Reporter
Alexa Nikolas
Jesse
Stephen Root
Sherrif Wynan
Cooper Thornton
Plastic Wrap Man
Betty Aberlin
Abigail
Kerry Bishé
Cheyenne
Ralph Garman
Caleb
Molly Livingston
Fiona May
James Parks
Mordechai
Haley Ramm
Maggie
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith
Esther (as Jennifer Schwalbach)
Elizabeth Tripp
Melanie
Ash Barnett
Believer
Taylor Briggs
Believer
Bill Cleavelin
Believer
Rose Colasanti
Believer
Shawn Driscoll
Believer
Ivy Klein
Believer
Carryl Lynn
Believer
Sadey Paige Nifong
Believer
Scott Nifong
Believer
Alyssa Petersen
Believer
Marnie Shelton
Believer
Gary Sievers
Believer
Kevin Alejandro
Harry, the Tactical Agent
Marc Blucas
ATF Sniper
Patrick Fischler
Agent Hammond
John Goodman
Joseph Keenan
Kevin Pollak
ASAC Brooks
David Marciano
Agent Eccles
Damian Young
Agent Carol
Eric Andris
ATF Agent
Dylan Belardinelli
ATF Agent
William Fix
ATF Agent
Edward Janda
ATF Agent
Ernest O'Donnell
ATF Agent
Mike Mello
ATF Agent
Joshua Poole
ATF Agent
Ryan Quinlan
ATF Agent (as Ryan Quinlen)
Debbie Sperry
ATF Agent
Corey Stevens
ATF Agent
Peter Yaya
ATF Agent
Robert Zimiga
ATF Agent
Morgan Bertsch
Young look a like (uncredited)
Jeffrey T Ferguson
Firefighter (uncredited)
Molly Hagan
Janet Keenan (uncredited)
Erin Hassidim
High School Student (uncredited)
Tim Isenman
Jacob Harlow (uncredited)
Adam Masnyk
Daunting Student (uncredited)
David James McKenzie
High School Student (uncredited)
Robert Paul Taylor
Prisoner (uncredited)
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Trivia
Released on tour in March 2011, Kevin Smith invited the WBC and specifically Megan Phelps-Roper over Twitter to attend the Kansas City screening and Q&A. Megan and around 15 other members of WBC attended the screening and some brought their young children along. Smith warned the family that the film's content was for a mature audience and not suitable for children, but was promptly told off by the church members. Less than 20 minutes into the screening, the entire WBC audience attending the event walked out, outraged by the film's content. Megan called the film "filth" and "a vulgar piece of tacky melodrama."
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After a screening of the film in Kansas City, Kevin Smith interviewed two life long Westboro Baptist Church members (Shirley Phelps niece and son) who had defected a few years prior. They both enjoyed the film and even complimented Smith on how realistic certain aspects of religious fanaticism are depicted.
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In the sequence outside the compound when Agent Keenan (John Goodman) yells at Sheriff Wynan (Stephen Root) to go back into his car, Root's subsequent stumble and fall was unscripted. Root admitted that he was genuinely startled by Goodman's performance, and was happy to have Smith keep the footage in the film.
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Goofs
The boys are served Miller Lite beer, in green bottles with white labels. The label color is correct, but Miller Lite bottles are brown, not green.
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After the three kids side-swipe the Sherrif's car their car is missing the right side mirror and then, as they drive away, the mirror is clearly seen in place only to disappear in the next shot.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) At the end of Cooper's paraphrase of the opening of the seven seals, he throws his arms above his head. He then slowly lowers them- twice. First in an over-the-shoulder shot of actor John Goodman, and again in the next shot, a frontal shot of the good preacher.
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Quotes
Joseph Keenan: [at the inquest, staring into space]
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Pastor Abin Cooper: [preaching and singing in his jail cell]
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Cheyenne: They're going to kill my family.
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Faq
Q
A Note Regarding Spoilers
A
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
Q
Is this based on a true story?
A
It is not based on an actual story but is inspired but various real life events. The villain is a composite of Fred Phelps, Jim Jones and other leaders of religious cults. The events of the story are also quite similar to the Branch Davidian tragedy in Waco, Texas.
Q
Is this movie connected to other Kevin Smith movies?
A
No. This movie is a stand alone story. It does not contain (ex: Jay and Silent Bob) any characters or overt references to previous Kevin Smith films.
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Photos from cast
Melissa Leo Michael Parks Kyle Gallner