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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

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

There are two hidden Easter Eggs in the DVD: If you want to listen to the hidden commentary: Watch (or skip through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select a 'Drunken Commentary'. or: If you want to view the Trailer: After watching (or skipping through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select the Trailer for Brian Lynch's Big Helium Dog. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Ryan: People dictate by their presence what turns to trash.
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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

Sea Monkey Do
Written and Performed by Michael Ferentino
Produced and Recorded by Michael Ferentino and Andres Karu
Copyright 2000 Michael Ferentino (ASCAP)
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An unknown marvel
10 December 2004 | by jdbramSee all my reviews

I was flipping through the channels and came across IFC (the independent film channel). I see a film playing that for some reason catches my fancy, so I decided to watch it. I'm very glad that my decision was so. That film was A BETTER PLACE. A very moving film, which lets you empathize for the two main characters, each in their own way. Note-worthy direction, acting that is up to par with standard indy flick normality, and dialogue that I can only compare to a dramatized version of KEVIN SMITH's work. Over all, I really enjoyed this flick, and would recommend it to just about anyone I felt was mature enough to handle the adult themes.

JD BRAM


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