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Seven Days in Utopia (2011)

G  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  2 September 2011 (USA)
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After a disastrous debut on the pro circuit, a young golfer finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas and welcomed by an eccentric rancher.

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Johnny Crawford
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Lily
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Sarah
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Jake
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Martin Chislom
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Himself
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Herself (as Kelly Ann Tilghman)
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Young Luke
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Luke's Sister (as Madison Burge)
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Storyline

Luke is a young up-and-coming golfer. His father has pushed him to succeed on the green his entire life. After finally hitting rock bottom, he runs from his circumstances and his past and meets a man who took the time to care, Johnny Crawford. Johnny continues to surprise Luke at every turn, as he tries to help him bury his past and uncover the key to his future. Written by spammernaut

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Life is never the same once you've been to Utopia.

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Drama | Sport

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2 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Sieben Tage in Utopia  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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"Seven Days in Utopia" is the third film credit which Robert Duvall and Lucas Black share. In addition to the 1996 film "Sling Blade" in which they shared no screen time, they appeared in the 2009 film "Get Low" which also starred Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. See more »

Goofs

The morning after a torrential rain near the end of the film, Luke is instructed to bury a box in a small hole dug into the earth. The dirt - whether recently dug or not - would have shown some moisture retained from the storm and would not have been the fine dusty powdered dirt in this scene following that size of a thunderstorm. The hole, too, would have shown some moisture absorbed into the earth. See more »

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Johnny Crawford: How can a game have such an effect on a man's soul? The way I see it, how can it not? You don't chose the game, it choses you. And when it does, life and golf become forever connected. That's how it was for a young man named Luke Chisholm.
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Written by Mac Powell (as M. Powell), T. Anderson, B. Avery, D. Carr, M. Lee, Klaus Badelt (as K. Badelt), Christopher Carmichael (as C. Carmichael)
Produced and Arranged by Klaus Badelt
Mixed by Mark Vinten
Vocals: Mac Powell and Jacqueline Becker
Guitars: Daniel Rojas
Bass: Christopher Carmichael
Additional vocal recordists: James Majors, Brent Maloney
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Great message and Duvall is wonderful as always
6 September 2011 | by (The Attic) – See all my reviews

A perfect case of a message adding up to more than presentation in film terms. The story itself sags often, is corny and there is actually limited emotional connection despite the attempt at playing heavily in to character development. Three things elevate this movie to above average for me. One, Robert Duvall... that guy is a treat to watch in just about any performance. Two, I love the game of golf. Finally, the message of altering and living life on your own terms with faith and conviction resonates in a big way. I really loved this line from Duvall's grace before his meal... "Thank You for faith in a world filled with fear."

When reading certain reviews and seeing how many hate filled people attack any film with any type of religious message it helps to remember just how much they are lashing out in fear. Lack of true faith makes all people truly miserable eventually (and afraid) because they have nothing to truly strive for and will always be haunted by their own mortality. We all know misery loves company. They want to drag down and insult those who have a chance at peace. That in and of itself is quite sad.

Regardless, this movie is NOT a pure religious film at all. It's a story about golf and struggling to better oneself by prioritizing what is really important in life.


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