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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

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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of Nicholas Walker. See more »

Goofs

When Tiny lifts the gun to shoot Susanne in the shed, he aims the gun with his right hand. After a quick reaction shot of Susanne he is aiming with his left hand. See more »

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Still Want You
Written by Tom Deluca (as Thomas G. DeLuca) & Christopher Ward
Published by Street Rock Music (ASCAP) and Bluebear Waltzes (ASCAP/SOCAN)
Performed by Saffron Henderson
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Tense and Suspenseful
17 April 2000 | by WritnGuy-2See all my reviews

What a horror story it was getting a chance to see this movie! The first time I rented it, it got stuck in the VCR and busted the thing up, and I had to dissect the machine to free the tape. Then I rented it again, and found it was another movie called Body Count and had to go back in and get this one, and finally, I held my breath and watched this, and saw that it was worth all the hassles. (Including buying a new VCR!)

Daniel, a young preppy, is coming to his family's enormous mansion in the boonies with his girlfriend Susanne for Thanksgiving dinner. Their are family tensions, and Daniel is excommunicated from the family. In hope for escape, he heads down into the basement with Susanne, and just as they are getting comfortable, three art thieves break in and kill the whole family. The couple listens in terror, and struggles to plan and figure out a way to escape. They soon realize they must kill these three men, and they learn to fight back, all up to the last fifteen minutes, when everything suddenly takes a wild turn, and soon more conflicts than ever before are introduced. And the body count is raised.

This really was a great movie. It was very short, so there is little filler, and just a lot of excitement. The acting is surprisingly good, with Ice-T in a typical role, charming Thoreaux, and show-stealing Milano. She played a great role, and is underrated. Despite some exploits during the two unrevealing sex scenes, she is professional and impressive. During the first half-hour, when things are calm, she is obviously uncomfortable, and trying to fit in with this hostile family. She uses voice tones and facial expressions quite well, and when the horror starts, she isn't gun-ho, she's what you would expect: terrified and forced to fight. I commend her on a great role. As for the twist that comes near the end, yes, I realize it was quite obvious, but still, it's good to anticipate. And it didn't deter from the suspense and the excitement, and I held my breath to the very end. I definitely recommend this movie, even if it does mean going through three video store trips and a broken VCR. : )


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