GenreDrama Music byTelefon Tel Aviv WriterJames Hughes LanguageEnglish
Release dateSeptember 7, 2001 CastBlake Shields (Maddox), Will Estes (Chris), Kevin Christy (Clip), Melissa George (Amanda), Brad Eric Johnson (Knox), Gabriel Mann (Wilson) Similar moviesTodd 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.
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).
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
Libertyville High School, Libertyville, Illinois (and the city of Libertyville itself).
Lake Bluff, Illinois
A region 1 DVD of the film was released on March 12, 2002.