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Lakeview Terrace (2008)

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A LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door.

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In California, the Caucasian Chris Mattson and his African-American wife Lisa Mattson move to a house in a gated community. The racist and dysfunctional next-door neighbor is the abusive LAPD Officer Abel Turner who feels uncomfortable with the relationship of the newcomers and transforms their lives into Hell on Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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What could be safer than living next to a cop?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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19 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,004,672 (USA) (19 September 2008)

Gross:

$39,263,506 (USA) (31 October 2008)
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Lakeview Terrace is the name of the area where Rodney King was beaten by L.A. police officers in 1991. The movie references his name and the famous line "Can't we all just get along?" See more »

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In the film, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department responds to calls in Lakeview Terrace. In real life, Lakeview Terrace is part of the city of Los Angeles, so the LAPD would respond. See more »

Quotes

Abel Turner: Listen to your wife, asshole!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: James Franco/Kings of Leon (2008) See more »

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Written by Fredrick Cuffie, Pete Cuffie, RZA (as Robert Diggs), Ol' Dirty Bastard (as Russell Jones),
Wesley Dorsey
Performed by RZA
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Outstanding addition to the psycho-thriller genre
30 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A very well made psycho-thriller that stands at the top of a sub-genre kick-started by Adrian Lyne's FATAL ATTRACTION in 1987. LAKEVIEW TERRACE features Samuel L. Jackson in riveting form as the main antagonist, a character who's not only the neighbour-from-hell but a cop-from-hell too (imagine this guy on the beat with Ray Liotta's character from UNLAWFUL ENTRY!). LAKEVIEW TERRACE sidesteps cliché throughout – arguably until the climax, anyway – and delivers plenty of suspense and thrills in its story of a racist-with-a-twist – this time it's Jackson who's the racist, a guy who hates whites.

Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington are somewhat bland modern actors, but the quality of the scripts drives them to give fairly good turns here. The film belongs to Jackson in the end, though, and he keeps us watching through thick and thin. Realism is often swept aside in these types of production (I'm thinking of you, PACIFIC HEIGHTS) but not so here. Neil LaBute has made some awful films (in fact his one before this was the dire Nicolas Cage remake THE WICKER MAN) but Lakeview Terrace is an unexpected delight – a high-calibre piece of professional filmmaking that never disappoints.


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