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Elephant (2003)

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Coming Out at 3 October 2003 in theaters

Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant is drama film written, directed, and edited by Gus Van Sant. It takes place in the fictional Watt High School, in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon, and chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting, based in part on the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. The film begins a short time before the shooting occurs, following the lives of several characters both in and out of school, who are unaware of what is about to unfold. The film stars mostly new or non-professional actors, including John Robinson, Alex Frost, and Eric Deulen.

Elephant is the second film in Van Sant’s “Death Trilogy”—the first is Gerry (2002) and the third Last Days (2005)—all three of which are based on actual events.

Mr. McFarland is driving erratically down a residential street on the way to drop off his son John. John notices damage to the car and realizes that his father is drunk, so John instructs him to move to the passenger seat and let him drive.

Alex and Eric are bullied at school by the so-called jocks, one of whom diverts a teacher and throws a spitball at Alex during science class. Later, Alex and Eric are shown at home ordering weapons from a website and receiving a rifle in the mail. While Alex is taking a shower, Eric gets in with him. He claims that he has never been kissed, and the two kiss. The two formulate an attack plan. The next day, Alex and Eric prepare for the shooting, then make their way to school in silence in Alex’s car.

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writer: Gus Van Sant

Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson, Jordan Taylor

Cast:

Alex FrostAlex
Eric DeulenEric
John RobinsonJohn McFarland
Elias McConnellElias
Jordan TaylorJordan
Carrie FinkleaCarrie
Nicole GeorgeNicole
Brittany MountainBrittany
Alicia MilesAcadia
Kristen HicksMichelle
Bennie DixonBenny
Nathan TysonNathan
Timothy BottomsMr. McFarland
Matt MalloyMr. Luce
Ellis WilliamsGSA Teacher
Chantelle Chriestenson NelsonNoelle
Kim KenneyAssistant Principal’s Secretary
Marci BuntrockAssistant Secretary
Phillipp Roman OstrovskyRed Haired Kid
Vana O’BrienP.E. Instructor
Michael PaulsenBully
Alfred OnoMr. Fong
Marychris MassAlex’s Mom
Jim SteinpreisAlex’s Dad
Jeremy SimpsonDelivery Man
Sherilyn LawsonTeacher #1
Sarah LuchtTeacher #2
Larry LavertyTeacher #3
Dave StippichTeacher #4
Jimmy GomezKid On Bike
Joe CroninScience Teacher
Wolfgang WilliamsPunk Guy
Caroline Donovan BoydPunk Girl
Travis FergusonScience Student
Ernest TrulyGSA Teacher
Mary MuldrewGSA Student
Sarah BingGSA Student
Kether HaydenGSA Student
Natascha SnellmanGSA Student
Ruben BansieGSA Student
Joseph SackettGSA Student
Jason SeitzGSA Victim
Shanti ChoStudent in Darkroom
Spencer CallahanStudent in Darkroom
Theara SaoEli’s Friend
Tiana WoodsEli’s Classmate
Griffin GoinsFootball Player
Maxim HornerFootball Player
Thomas TrullingerFootball Player
Ty SchwoeffermannFootball Player
Ray MongeJanitor
William S. BurroughsVoice (text excerpts) (voice) (archive sound)
Adolf HitlerSelf (archive footage)
Iva Maria JuricPreppy Student
Mahdad RezaujanStudent
Brandon SillsStudent with Guitar
Mason WeissStudent on Skateboard

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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