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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.

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

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Taglines:

What could be safer than living next to a cop?

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lakeview Terrace 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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ashton Kutcher was in talks to play Chris. Edward Norton was also considered. See more »

Goofs

Abel is watering down his tile roof to prevent wildfire damage. Being a very hands-on homeowner, he would know that is unnecessary. That is why tile roofing is used in those areas. See more »

Quotes

Abel Turner: [sitting in his Captain's office] What's going on, Captain?
Lt. Morgada: Damon Richards. You know him?
Abel Turner: And you are?
Captain Wentworth: Uh, this is, uh... Bronson and Morgada. They're, uh...
Abel Turner: Internal Affairs.
Captain Wentworth: Yeah. It's just a procedural thing, Abel.
Lt. Morgada: So, what about Richards?
Abel Turner: We arrested him last week. He took two shots at me and my partner.
Captain Wentworth: He's bringing a suit against the department.
Lt. Morgada: Brutality charges, violation of civil rights, as well as a personnel complaint against you.
[...]
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Killer
Written by Peter Carr, Kevin Chase, Shahzad Mahmood, Christian Peck
Performed by Boy Kill Boy
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Mediocre thriller
31 October 2009 | by HawkHeraldSee all my reviews

A young successful interracial couple move into a new home in an exclusive California neighborhood. Chris Mattson (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa Mattson (Kerry Washington) are greeted with hostility by their new neighbor, LAPD Sergeant Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson), a widower and single father with a son and daughter. Chris and Lisa attempt to be cordial with Abel, inviting him and his family to their home and attending a barbecue Abel throws for some of his fellow officers. Despite this, Abel keeps becoming more disruptive and aggressive to Chris and Lisa. This eventually leads to retaliation on Chris' part and a confrontation with tragic consequences.

This movie despite its racial overtones doesn't break any new ground as a thriller. Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington are a yuppie couple pushed too far and Sam Jackson as Abel is their disturbed neighbor/antagonist who wishes them harm. Definitely nothing new. The acting and script are okay with Sam Jackson's performance easily being the best. The ending is something that can be seen coming a mile away. This film is something you would watch on a slow day if it came on cable.


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