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Director  Kyle Cooper
Initial DVD release  March 12, 2002
Country  United States
5/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Music by  Telefon Tel Aviv
Writer  James Hughes
Language  English
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Release date  September 7, 2001
Cast  Blake Shields (Maddox), Will Estes (Chris), Kevin Christy (Clip), Melissa George (Amanda), Brad Eric Johnson (Knox), Gabriel Mann (Wilson)
Similar movies  Todd Field appears in New Port South and Broken Vessels

New Port South is a 2001 drama film. The film is set in the fictional town of New Port, near Chicago. It stars Will Estes, Todd Field, and Blake Shields, was written by James Hughes and directed by Kyle Cooper. The soundtrack is by Telefon Tel Aviv.


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James Hughes is the son of John Hughes, who produced the movie (one of only two in his career that he produced without writing himself - the other was Only the Lonely).

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Will Maddox (Blake Shields) has a theory about students not liking the idea of school and authority and thinking that it is a prison. He tests this theory and examines the boundaries of authority and his friendships. A few years before, a student, John Stanton (Michael Shannon) was committed to an insane asylum, reasons unknown to most everybody except the principal. One day he escapes, releasing everyone else from the asylums around. Maddox sees this defiance which is the start of his anarchy. Maddox wants to "help him" and understand him more so they start a correspondence and Stanton tells him what to do and how to do them. This is includes the erasing of student grades, posting posters/fliers, locking part of the student body in a room among other things. Maddox gets his friends involved and challenges authority and gets most of the school behind him, including an administrator for a while. He is so consumed with creating chaos and disorder that his friends start to see the destruction, but they have to save themselves, and him before he can take complete control over the school.


  • Todd Field as Mr. Walsh
  • Will Estes as Chris
  • Blake Shields as Will Maddox
  • Kevin Christy as Clip
  • Melissa George as Amanda
  • Raymond J. Barry as Edwards
  • Gabriel Mann as Michael "Mike" Wilson
  • Brad Eric Johnson as Knox
  • Nick Sandow as Armstrong
  • Michael Shannon as John Stanton
  • Filming locations

  • Libertyville High School, Libertyville, Illinois (and the city of Libertyville itself).
  • Lake Bluff, Illinois
  • Home media

    A region 1 DVD of the film was released on March 12, 2002.


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