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Below Utopia (1997)

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Daniel returns to his family's mansion for the holidays along with his girlfriend Susanne. His family's seemingly-utopian existence is overshadowed by not only the death of Daniel's brother... See full summary »

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Kurt Voss

Writers:

Richard Shepard (story), David Diamond (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alyssa Milano ... Susanne
Justin Theroux ... Daniel Beckett
Ice-T ... Jim (as Ice T)
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Tiny (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister)
Richard Danielson Richard Danielson ... Cole
Nicholas Walker ... Justin Beckett
Robert Pine ... Uncle Wilson
Jeanette O'Connor Jeanette O'Connor ... Aunt Estelle
Ron Harper ... Jack Beckett
Marta Kristen ... Marilyn Beckett
Eric Saiet Eric Saiet ... Cousin Allen
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Storyline

Daniel returns to his family's mansion for the holidays along with his girlfriend Susanne. His family's seemingly-utopian existence is overshadowed by not only the death of Daniel's brother, but also by Daniel's failure to live up to his brother's potential. However, this quickly becomes inconsequential, as blood-thirsty killers soon show up.. Written by Dave Smith <dave@stat.colostate.edu>

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He was a hired professional. But this was personal.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Below Utopia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Alyssa Milano said she was surprised by the way Ice-T reacted on the shooting scene, explaining most actors would have done it differently. When she confronted him, he responded that shooting scenes in real life are like that. See more »

Goofs

Daniel fumbles to take Susanne's shirt off in the car. He finally manages it, but in the next shot it's back on and he has to take it off again. See more »

Soundtracks

Suite for Orchestra No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Courtesy of Zomba Music
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Surprisingly good!
29 August 1999 | by morpoiseSee all my reviews

I would not blame you if you did not want to see this movie based on its cast and its plot. Most of the elements just seem likely to add up to a bad movie. I was forced to see it because my boyfriend has an obsession with Alyssa. Should I be embarrassed to be involved with a 25 year old man who works for Congress who owns Alyssa's workout videos entitled "Teen Steam"?? Probably.

At any rate, this movie, unlike Teen Steam, is surprisingly good. It seemed well thought out and equally well executed, with strong and believable performances by Alyssa, Ice T, and Justin Theroux. The film was successful in keeping up suspense, and you definitely wanted to watch until the end when you were most likely surprised by the unveiling of the true criminal.

This film seems to be replayed late nights on cable with some frequency, so be sure to check it out there.


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