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.


(as Matthew Dean Russell)


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Airs Tue. Dec. 08, 8:00 PM on GOLF

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Crawford
Martin Chislom
K.J. Choi ...
Tae Kwon Oh
Robert Bear ...
Josh Painting ...
Brandel Chamblee ...
Kelly Tilghman ...
Herself (as Kelly Ann Tilghman)
Ezra Proch ...
Young Luke
Luke's Sister (as Madison Burge)


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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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 »


When Johnny rides up on Luke's wreck, there are tapaderos on his stirrups. After he is off his horse, asking Luke if he's O.K., the tapaderos are gone. See more »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.110 (2010) See more »


Living Free
Performed by Robert Bear (as Brian G. Robert Bear) and Josh Painting
Written by Kat Edmondson
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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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