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A Better Place (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama | September 1997 (USA)
A high school outcast new to town becomes friends with a violent loner still haunted by the death of his parents.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert DiPatri ...
Brian Lynch ...
Bryan Sproat ...
Molly Castelloe ...
Gerald Rosamilia ...
Mark SaFranko ...
Jerry Rosamilia ...
Dennis Pepper (as Dennis Pepper)
Christina Squillari ...
Additional Bitchy Girl
Vincent Pereira ...
Eric Einhorn ...


Two high school outcasts (Barret, the new kid in school, and Ryan, a self-confessed misanthrope with a violent past) form an obsessive friendship which spirals out of control and ends in murder. Written by Vincent Pereira <vpereira@monmouth.com>

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Release Date:

September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Happy World of Bunnies  »

Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


There are two hidden Easter Eggs in the DVD: If you want to listen to the hidden commentary: Watch (or skip through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select a 'Drunken Commentary'. or: If you want to view the Trailer: After watching (or skipping through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select the Trailer for Brian Lynch's Big Helium Dog. See more »


Barret: Where does that leave me? No bullets.
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Asbury Park
Written and Recorded by Mikael Jorgensen and Tom Missner
Performed by Auto Vs. Pedestrian
Copyright 1996/2000 Copyright Control
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A truly impressive first movie from director Vincent Pereira
16 April 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Shot on a tiny $40,000 budget, "A Better Place" is a very impressive first film from director Vincent Pereira. A study of alienation, teenage life and violence, the film is hard hitting and realistic. The script is impressive with believable dialogue and the performances are excellent.

Robert DiPatri plays the teenager who has to start life at a new school. He soon encounters school bullies and the loner, Ryan, played by Eion Bailey. A relative newcomer at the time this was made, Bailey has since appeared in a number of films and television shows including "Fight Club", "Band of Brothers" and "Almost Famous". The delightfully attractive Carmen Llywelyn plays the feisty Augustine. Jason ("My Name Is Earl") Lee also makes a brief appearance in the film.

As a first movie, this is a genuine achievement and very watchable, despite its technical limitations. Hopefully, we'll see further projects from Vincent Pereira in the future.

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