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The Land (2016)



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Executive producer Nas presents this vivid inner-city saga set amidst Cleveland's hip-hop underground. Teenage buddies Cisco (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.), Junior (Moises Arias), Boobie (Ezri Walker), and Patty Cake (Rafi Gavron) shrug off school to practice skateboarding, which they hope will be their ticket to a better life. In the meantime, they steal cars to finance their dream. But when they get mixed up in a drug deal and cross a ruthless crime queen-pin (Linda Emond), they put their friendship--and lives--on the line. Set to a choice hip-hop soundtrack and featuring an impressive ensemble cast that includes The Wire's Michael K. Williams, Erykah Badu, and rapper Machine Gun Kelly, The Land crackles with the energy and poetry of the streets.

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Rafi Gavron
as Patty Cake
Kim Coates
as Uncle Steve
Erykah Badu
as Turquoise
Tom Kondilas
as Henry Bush Tits
Davis Aguila
as Gangsta Type
Deanna Sherman
as Registrar
Andy Tarr
as Deli Customer
Dontez James
as Carrying Dealer
Dominique Paramore
as Mother Customer
Dan Anders
as Average Joe
Trinh Ann
as Teen Hottie
Aswan Harris
as Elliot's Goon
Cherie McClain
as Counselor
Karin Boesler
as MaMa's Market Worker
Megan Brautigam
as Nightclub Goer
Pauline Nowakowski
as Alice Braga - Evelyn's Mother
Mrva Russell
as Evelyn's Sister
Jessica Jones
as Popular High School Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Land

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

The Land isn't a perfect film, but it is a hell of a good start, and director Caple Jr. -- and his young cast -- are artists to keep an eye on, for sure.

September 15, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It also helps that the supporting players are, to a one, incredible.

August 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Steven Caple Jr. is a filmmaker worth watching, here and in the future.

July 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Caple has a unique eye and a strong sense of place. Here's hoping that next time he applies them to a fresher story.

July 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Contrivances spoil the sense of realism and place that Mr. Caple, who wrote the script, often so deftly evokes.

July 28, 2016 | Full Review…

Caple emphasizes the desperation that breeds street crime, and he never tries to puff his kids up into heroes. They're just kids who feel insulted by the few prospects that seem available to them.

July 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Land

I'm excited to see what Steven Caple Jr. can do directing the Creed sequel after this film. This was filmed in Cleveland, OH where I live. It isn't like a tourism ad showing off the features that make Cleveland great, but instead takes place in the poorer neighborhoods often after dark. Still I take pride in my city be featured in a well-made indie like this. The coming-of-age story was written excellently by Caple with realism and an absence of clichés. The cast, especially Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, and Ezri Walker, is uniformly wonderful. There have been many movies with teens torn between a life of crime and bettering themselves. With the different ways the tragic choices and circumstances affect each of the teen friends this film offers a unique view. It is a thrilling drama that surprised me in big ways.

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