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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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Box Office

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

In addition to his credited role of Dennis Pepper, Jason Lee also plays one of the vagrants that bother the main characters after they are kicked off the train. Lee plays the minor role with a baseball hat pulled over his face so as to obscure his identity and not confuse the audience that he is not the same character. 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

Three flashback scenes were reinserted into the film for the DVD release, but were deleted from festival prints. See more »

Soundtracks

For What It's Worth
Written by Michael Ferentino
Performed by the Stereo Mother-Fuckers
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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