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Seven Days in Utopia (2011)

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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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Chuck
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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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2 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sieben Tage die dein Leben verändern  »

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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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A Whole New Version of Horrible
17 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I feel privileged to have witnessed something this bad. It's like a milestone in my life. Having said that, I admit to only watching half of it. I just couldn't take the torture any longer, despite the spectacular scenery of the Texas Hill Country.

This was Karate Kid on Valium. Robert Duvall rehashes his old guy Texas burnout with wisdom character from Tender Mercies and mixes it with a little Great Santini. Instead of teaching a kid karate through sweeping and polishing, he teaches an overgrown man-child to play Golf through fishing and painting.

If Golf in the Texas countryside isn't obscure enough for you, a failed golfer leaves the PGA Tour and smashes into the ranch fence of a former PGA golfer in the middle of nowhere. What are the odds? Apparently it was a Christian movie. I didn't get that far.

This lead "actor," from the Tokyo Fast and Furious film has the personality of a piece of driftwood. Top that off with the deepest Alabama accent you've ever heard or hope to hear. There just happens to be a nice single girl in town who thinks he's attractive. Even though there are only 375 people in the town. Must be his dazzling personality and the fact that he embarrassed himself on national T.V. getting blown off the golf course and exhibiting poor sportsmanship. Hmm. Yummy.

The small town transforming a city guy theme is stolen from Doc Hollywood. (Michael J. Fox)The rest as I mentioned is from Karate Kid, only Mr. Miyagi is now a clichéd version of Robert Duvall.

By the way, the kid is asked to paint a picture of the golf course and he does it like a pro. Does he have an artistic background? Did he take Fine Arts at Golf College? Oh jeez.

What a disaster. Having said that, the scenery again is amazing and the basic idea of a man with a broken spirit chilling out in a small town is always appealing. So cull what you can from this train wreck. I'm sure it has its' redeeming qualities.


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