“The United States of Leland” quotes(2003)
Plot – Leland Fitzgerald is 16 and carries out a terrible murder that shocks his whole community. He's imprisoned in a juvenile prison where guardian Pearl Madison is an aspiring writer who tries to uncover the mystery behind Leland's murder to write a book.
All actors – Don Cheadle, Ryan Gosling, Chris Klein, Jena Malone, Lena Olin, Kevin Spacey, Michelle Williams, Martin Donovan, Ann Magnuson, Kerry Washington, Sherilyn Fenn, Matt Malloy, Wesley Jonathan, Michael Peña, Michael Welch, Ron Canada, Troy Winbush, Nick Kokich, Yolonda Ross, Leyna Nguyen, Jim Haynie, Randall Bosley, Jody Wood, Robert Peters, Kathleen S. Dunn, Tony McEwing, Lawrence Lowe, Charles Hess, Kimberly Scott, Angela Paton, Ryan Malgarini, Maria Arcé, Dell Yount, Clyde Kusatsu, Melanie Lora, Rene Rivera, Alec Medlock, Jim Metzler, Michael McCleery, David Barrera, Sheeri Rappaport, Kevin Patrick Kelly, Evan Helmuth, Ty Hodges, Jonathan Adler, Brayden Cahill, Edward T. McAvoy, Jenny Wormanshow all
“The United States of Leland” Quotes 25 quotes
“The devil makes more sense than God does. It's good to have somebody to blame for the bad stuff. Maybe God is there because people get scared of all the bad stuff they do. They figure that God and the Devil are always playing this game of tug-of-war game with them. And they never know which side they're gonna wind up on. I guess that tug-of-war...” (continue)(continue reading)
“You have to believe that life is more than the sum of its parts. What if you can't put the pieces together in the first place?”
“I think there are two ways you can see the world. You either see the sadness that's behind everything or you choose to keep it all out.”
“- Pearl Madison: You'll have to forgive Mr. Madison today, he's moving kinda slow. His head's hurting like it's the end of the world.
- Guillermo: You been drinking that cheap ass burgundy, ain't you?”
“You know what the funny thing about earthquakes is? After an earthquake you see people pulling other people out of broken down buildings and people hugging and junk because they saw a little girl's shoe in the middle of the road and no little girl around. Then a couple days later they forget all about it.”
“Sometimes you say things that aren't all the way true, but you say them anyways because you want to be true. You know, maybe, maybe that's good enough. Just tell me everything's gonna be okay.”
“Maybe we don't have God because we're scared of the bad stuff. Maybe we're really scared of the good stuff. Because if there's no God, well, that means it's inside of us and we could be good all the time if we wanted. So when we do bad things, it'd be because we want to or because we have to. Or maybe we just need the bad stuff to remind us what...” (continue)(continue reading)
“The worst part is knowing that there is goodness in people. Mostly it stays deep down and buried.”
“It's all part of the trade off man. Love is only such a great thing because you know what it feels like to get your heart broken. What it feels like to be alone.”
“I figured out that tears couldn't make somebody who was dead alive again. They can't make somebody who doesn't love you any more love you again. It's the same with prayers. I wonder how much of their lives people waste crying and praying to God.”
“You want a why. Well, maybe there isn't one. Maybe this is just something that happened.”
“I'm developing this theory that the suicide rate of Venice is real low. 'Cause if you jump off a building, all your ass is gonna do is splash in a canal and shit.”
“- Airplane Woman: Aren't you an actor?
- Albert T. Fitzgerald: Aren't we all, dear.”
“White boys ain't about that gang shit though, huh? Especially not white boys like you who don't look like no Slim Shady. White boys like you the ones who did some fucked up shit, huh?”
“- Becky Pollard: I don't want to hurt you.
- Leland P. Fitzgerald: Then don't.”
“They want a reason. Something to tie up with a little bow and bury in the backyard. Bury it down so deep it's like it never happened. They want me to say how I'm so sorry, and it was my mom's fault. Or maybe it was my dad's fault. Or it happened because of TV or movies or some junk like that. Or maybe I blame some girl.”
“Do you have a normal radio in here for music? I was just thinking that when you're parked somewhere waiting for a guy to speed, you'd want some music to help pass the time.”
“- Leland P. Fitzgerald: I stabbed myself.
- Bengel: If you're going for suicide, I'd say try for the stomach or somethin'.
- Leland P. Fitzgerald: I just wanted to know what it felt like.
- Bengel: I bet it hurt. You should've just asked me devil boy. I would have saved you some trouble.”
“They take all this stuff away from you, freedom, girls and sunshine, because it's supposed to make it so when you get back on the outs you never wanna screw up again. All that really does is get you to thinking that you're this small thing that doesn't matter for anything. And by the time you do get out, you don't even feel like a human person...” (continue)(continue reading)
“When I say I don't remember that day, I'm not lying. I wish I did, but I just don't. Sometimes the most important stuff goes away. Goes away so bad it's like it was never there to begin with.”
“Maybe somewhere in all of this there's a reason, there's a why. But nothing, not getting angry, not prayers, and not tears, nothing can make something that happened unhappen.”