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Lakeview Terrace (2008)

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A troubled and racist African-American LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out a friendly interracial couple who just moved in next door to him.

Director:

Neil LaBute

Writers:

David Loughery (screenplay), Howard Korder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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 Sean Tighe ... Manager
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

What could be safer than living next to a cop?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harcelés See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawthorne, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

In the film, The Los Angeles County Sheriff's units are marked Los Angeles Sheriff, instead of Los Angeles County Sheriff, and the side of the sheriff's units have an 8-point star, instead of a 6-point star. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Chris Mattson: I love you.
Lisa Mattson: I know... I love you too.
Chris Mattson: The rest isn't important.
Lisa Mattson: [whispering] Shhhhh...
Chris Mattson: We're going to have a family.
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Sittin' On Spinnas
Written by Scott Nickoley, Jamie Dunlap, Darrin Milton
Performed by D-Note
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Records
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Outstanding addition to the psycho-thriller genre
30 August 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A very well made psycho-thriller that stands at the top of a sub-genre kick-started by Adrian Lyne's FATAL ATTRACTION in 1987. LAKEVIEW TERRACE features Samuel L. Jackson in riveting form as the main antagonist, a character who's not only the neighbour-from-hell but a cop-from-hell too (imagine this guy on the beat with Ray Liotta's character from UNLAWFUL ENTRY!). LAKEVIEW TERRACE sidesteps cliché throughout – arguably until the climax, anyway – and delivers plenty of suspense and thrills in its story of a racist-with-a-twist – this time it's Jackson who's the racist, a guy who hates whites.

Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington are somewhat bland modern actors, but the quality of the scripts drives them to give fairly good turns here. The film belongs to Jackson in the end, though, and he keeps us watching through thick and thin. Realism is often swept aside in these types of production (I'm thinking of you, PACIFIC HEIGHTS) but not so here. Neil LaBute has made some awful films (in fact his one before this was the dire Nicolas Cage remake THE WICKER MAN) but Lakeview Terrace is an unexpected delight – a high-calibre piece of professional filmmaking that never disappoints.


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