adapted as "Freedomland"
Published: May 1998
Synopsis: A white woman, her hands gashed and bloody, stumbles into an inner-city emergency room and announces that she has just been carjacked by a black man. But then comes the horrifying twist: Her young son was asleep in the back seat, and he has now disappeared into the night.
Assigned to investigate the case of Brenda Martin's missing child is detective Lorenzo Council, a local son of the very housing project targeted as the scene of the crime. Under a white-hot media glare, Lorenzo launches an all-out search for the abducted boy, even as he quietly explores a different possibility: Does Brenda Martin know a lot more about her son's disappearance than she's admitting?
Right behind Lorenzo is Jesse Haus, an ambitious young reporter from the city's evening paper. Almost immediately, Jesse suspects Brenda of hiding something. Relentlessly, she works her way into the distraught mother's fragile world, befriending her even as she looks for the chance to break the biggest story of her career. As the search for the alleged carjacker intensifies, so does the simmering racial tension between Dempsy and its mostly white neighbor, Gannon.
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Joe Roth, Director
Theatrical release date: 02/17/2006
DVD release date: 05/30/2006
Cast: Lorenzo Council (Samuel L. Jackson), Brenda Martin (Julianne Moore), Karen Collucci (Edie Falco), Danny Martin (Ron Eldard), Boyle (William Forsythe), Felicia (Aunjanue Ellis), Billy Williams (Anthony Mackie)
Running time: 113 minutes
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