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A Better Place (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama | September 1997 (USA)
A high school outcast new to town becomes friends with a violent loner still haunted by the death of his parents.

Director:

Vincent Pereira

Writer:

Vincent Pereira
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eion Bailey ... Ryan
Robert DiPatri Robert DiPatri ... Barret
Joseph Cassese ... Todd
Carmen Llywelyn ... Augustine
Brian Lynch Brian Lynch ... Eddie
Bryan Sproat Bryan Sproat ... Justin
Molly Castelloe Molly Castelloe ... Meg
Gerald Rosamilia Gerald Rosamilia ... Vice Dealer
Mark SaFranko Mark SaFranko ... Todd's Father
Jerry Rosamilia Jerry Rosamilia ... Barret's Father
Jason Lee ... Dennis Pepper (as Dennis Pepper)
Christina Squillari Christina Squillari ... Bitchy Girl
Suzanne Smith ... Additional Bitchy Girl
Vincent Pereira Vincent Pereira ... Jake
Eric Einhorn Eric Einhorn ... Lookout Student
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Storyline

Two high school outcasts (Barret, the new kid in school, and Ryan, a self-confessed misanthrope with a violent past) form an obsessive friendship which spirals out of control and ends in murder. Written by Vincent Pereira <vpereira@monmouth.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happy World of Bunnies See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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View Askew Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (theatrical print)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Some copies of the DVD include 2 film clippings. Only 1,000 of these were made. See more »

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Quotes

Barret: We came here to start over. A new life. In a better place. We should have stayed behind.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD features several deleted scenes including:
  • Barret going to Ryan's aunt's house to see if she's seen Ryan after he's beaten up by Todd.
  • A longer, more disturbing, one take shot of Ryan's speech about the world.
  • Ryan explaining it felt good to kill the Whipporwill guy to Barret after shooting Todd in the arm.
  • Barret and Augusta getting into a fight shortly after the Whipporwill guy is killed (explaining Augusta's absence from the rest of the film).
  • Ryan returning to Asbury Park where he buys the gun.
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Soundtracks

Pariah
Written and Recorded by Mikael Jorgensen and Tom Missner
Performed by Auto Vs. Pedestrian
Copyright 1996/2000 Copyright Control
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A refreshing film
7 April 1999 | by bankyedSee all my reviews

Over the past few years, i've only seen a couple of films that had an impact on me. A Better Place was one of them. It was a refreshing change of pace from the generic crap the studios turn out each year. Sure, it has its flaw, but should not be overlooked. Thank god for the the upcoming dvd release, now i can finally show my friends the film i've been talking about for the last year.


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