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Lakeview Terrace (2008)

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Based on a true story, a troubled and racist African-American L.A.P.D. Officer will stop at nothing to force out a friendly interracial couple who just moved in next door to him.


Neil LaBute


David Loughery (screenplay), Howard Korder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3,652 ( 551)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Abel Turner
Patrick Wilson ... Chris Mattson
Kerry Washington ... Lisa Mattson
Ron Glass ... Harold Perreau
Justin Chambers ... Donnie Eaton
Jay Hernandez ... Javier Villareal
Regine Nehy ... Celia Turner
Jaishon Fisher ... Marcus Turner
Robert Pine ... Captain Wentworth
Keith Loneker ... Clarence Darlington
Caleeb Pinkett ... Damon Richards
Robert Dahey ... Jung Lee Pak
Ho-Jung ... Sang Hee Pak
Dallas Raines Dallas Raines ... TV Weatherman
Michael Tighe ... Manager (as Michael Sean Tighe)


In California, the Caucasian Chris Mattson and his African-American wife Lisa Mattson move to a house in a gated community. The racist and dysfunctional next-door neighbor is the abusive LAPD Officer Abel Turner who feels uncomfortable with the relationship of the newcomers and transforms their lives into Hell on Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What could be safer than living next to a cop?


Crime | Drama | Thriller


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lakeview Terrace See more »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,004,672, 21 September 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,263,506, 2 November 2008
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lakeview Terrace" is the name of the area where Rodney King was beaten by Los Angeles police officers in 1991. The movie references his name, and the famous line, "Can't we all just get along?" See more »


When Abel starts cutting down his neighbor's new trees along the fence, he's on the right side of the fence, Chis and Lisa on the other side. But this is reversed from how the houses are oriented. See more »


Chris Mattson: Did you see anybody?
Abel Turner: No. I just see you.
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Written by Beyoncé (as Beyonce Knowles), Errol "Poppi" McCalla
Performed by Destiny's Child
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Don't buy a house next to a cop
23 September 2008 | by the-movie-guySee all my reviews

(Synopsis) Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson) is a LAPD officer and strict single father of a 15 year old daughter and 10 year old son. He is also the self appointed neighborhood watch patrol in Lakeview Terrace. A young interracial couple, Chris (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa Mattson (Kerry Washington), move into their first home next door to Abel. Abel is raising his children by very strict standards, and he disapproves of any bad behavior in the neighborhood. Abel believes that Chris and Lisa are bad influences on his children, and he decides to harass them until they move. Abel has a security flood light that is focused into Chris and Lisa's bedroom. Chris has asked Abel to move it, but he won't. Then someone deliberately damages the air conditioning unit and slashes four of Chris' tires. Chris tries to make a truce with Abel, but Abel is determined to get rid of them. After Abel crosses the line, Chris and Lisa begin to fight back and the situation escalates.

(My Comment) The story explores the theme of racial prejudice from the black prospective. Samuel L. Jackson did a fine job of playing his role as a man of principle who loves and protects his children, but also as a disturbed cop with an obsession of getting rid of the interracial couple next door. I know if I had him as a neighbor that he would make me move. Abel is not your typical neighbor where Chris only got off on the wrong foot with him. I know neighbors can do some things that may upset you such as Chris throwing cigarette butts into Abel's yard or the flood lights shinning into Chris' bedroom, but they should have worked things out and not escalate to what happens in the end. Overall the movie was entertaining with some thrilling moments. Just a warning to anyone buying a new house, make sure your new neighbor is not a cop. (Sony Pictures, Run Time 1:46, Rated PG-13) (6/10)

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