‘Seven Days in Utopia’

Life is never the same, Once you’ve been to Utopia!
Theme song 'Born Again' by musical group Third Day

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Click Here to see the Movie Trailer - http://www.sevendaysinutopia.com
In Theaters September 2, 2011
The Movie ‘Seven Days in Utopia’ was filmed in Utopia Texas,
the PGA Tour shots were at a Fredericksburg Golf Course (Boot Ranch) 

Message from the Producers & Marketing team:
Seven Days In Utopia movie opened modestly on Friday Sept.2nd and went up Saturday, then jumped significantly Sunday and then was up again Monday (Labor Day)!
Movies never do that, and as we were researching, we went back to 2007 and couldn't find one movie that went UP on Labor Day!
Add to that, the fact that more than 250,000 people visited the website in the first four days!  And the best part of all, more than 600 people decided to go all the way with Christ and commit their lives to Him!  And that's just the opening weekend!
By the 3rd week over 1000 people have given their lives to Christ on our web site.

Robert Duvall is Johnny Crawford and Lucas Black is playing Luke Chisolm (the young golfer)
Based on the book – ‘Golf's Sacred Journey, 7 Days at the Links of Utopia’ is really a book about life; it just so happens that the main character's life is all about golf. A professional golfer, who is actually never named in the book, has a breakdown on the golf course during a tournament in which he was favored to do well.  Despondent and despairing of his future in golf, he wanders into the town of Utopia, where he providentially meets Johnny, a former golf pro who has retired to a quite country life.  Johnny, a Yoda-like teacher, who is building a golf course in a field in the middle of nowhere; takes the young golfer under his wing and spends a week completely reshaping the way he thinks about the game of golf and life.
The Books web site - http://www.linksofutopia.com/cms
In Utopia you can buy the Books at – Hill Country Nature Center & Main Street Utopia

Cast:  Entire Cast info link - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1699147
Robert Duvall   http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000380
Lucas Black  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0085407
Kathy Baker http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000834
Deborah Ann Woll  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2832695
Brian Geraghty  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1310016
Melissa Leo  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0502425  *2011 Best Actress of the Year in ‘The Fighter’
Joseph Lyle Taylor http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0852668 
Robert Bear  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1631512
Josh Painting  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1123048
Matt Russell – Director http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1634071
David Mullen - Cinematographer http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002470

Many locals were fortunate to be extras in this wonderful movie, a fun experience; one we will never forget! Aug.30, 2010 from 7pm to 7am was the Dance Social scene about 30 couples danced the night & morning away! And then we slept all day to be ready for the Rodeo scene that next night.
Aug.31, 2010 was the last night of filming for ‘Seven Days in Utopia”. Extras were there from 7pm to 7am.

TV Channel 8 from Austin was there & showed a video clip on their news cast http://www.news8austin.com//?ArID=273822  See who else you can identify in the news clip.
If you look fast you can see Anthony & I to the right of the screen clapping during the rodeo scene; they show us twice. Anthony & I  were fortunate to be sitting close to Duvall & Baker; just below them next to Bobby’s’ feet. The space was left open next to me, so no one would be blocking in front of them. Kathy Baker stayed at one of our cabins & we became friends; she is so sweet & considerate. When she saw me sitting there she said, “Oh Bobby I want you to meet my landlady, this is LeAnn Sharp & her husband Anthony”. Bobby shook our hands and we spoke briefly; between filming they talked & we listened to their very interesting conversations. We were able to talk with them & participate in their cutting up & jokes. They are both very friendly & down to earth folks!

When you see Robert Duvall & Kathy Baker standing ‘That’s a Wrap’ for them. Which means it was their last scene in the movie and everyone clapped in their honor. Mr Duvall stood up and told everyone how much he had enjoyed working with the cast & crew of ‘Seven Days in Utopia’. He told us he thought the people of Utopia were wonderful, Utopia was the best town he has filmed in and he really liked it here! The actors call Duvall “Bobby”, Lucas Black called him “Bobby D”.

Film Locations in & Around Utopia Texas:

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Brody’s Garage
Utopia Emporium
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Utopia United Methodist Church renamed for movie – Utopia United Church
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Lost Maples Cafe
Rodeo & Dance Scenes at Utopia Park
Local Extras in Movie; Waiting & Visiting in the Park
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Miss Rodeo Texas with local youth
One of the Producers visits with ladies
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Signing In With Extras Casting Assistants
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Casting & Film Crews at Work
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Plus An Extras Blog- by Vickie Rose
Seven Days in Utopia: Or How I Made a Movie With Robert Duvall and He Didn't Even Know It
I went to the Utopia to visit a friend and got to be an extra in the filming of Robert Duvall's new movie "Seven Days in Utopia." I've posted an account of it on my website, and you can view it by clicking here if you want to  http://www.vickyjrose.com/utopia/Utopia.html

Seven Days in UtopiaOscar nominee Thomas Haden Church is upset that a movie is being filmed a mere 18 miles from his isolated Texas ranch. I don't want movies being shot near me," he confessed on 'The Tonight Show'  "I don't like the orgies, I don't like the catering, I don't like the goat sacrifices that go along with movie-making," he joked.

But in all seriousness, he's been siding with fellow locals. When the production company forced residents to detour around the main street of little Utopia, Texas, Church said, "I drove by and I slowed down. So I did my little part -- 'Go home, Hollywood weirdo’s!'"

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A solid family movie, 31 August 2011  Author: punitivedamages from United States
Seven Days in Utopia tells the story of a man's failure and then his struggle, and it's a familiar storyline, as old as the heroes of Greek mythology.
I watched the movie with my wife, who knows nothing about golf, and my two children, ten and seven. My wife enjoyed it most of all because it was clean, meaning it had no profanity, and the romantic leads were not rolling in bed ten minutes into the movie. The kids liked it too – it was easy to follow, easy to understand, and had plenty of fun parts.
I recommend the movie because it is a pleasurable way to spend a little time. It is not heavy handed in what little preaching it does, which I know puts some people off. Even for those who are put off by Christian movies, I can recommend that they see it and try to think about the values espoused without dwelling on the source of those values.
I am always hesitant to reveal too much plot, but suffice to say the movie touches on many subjects, one of which is small town life. I took away the idea that our frenzied lives are not always good for us, and especially if they deprive us of the time or the mood to reflect on and renew our purpose and our convictions.
It is about golf, and the idea that the game is an individual game, one player vs. the other, as much mental as physical. In the movie, the main character needed to renew his convictions in order to fulfill his purpose, which in his case was excellence at golf.
It is also about the struggle toward redemption, and the path shown in the film is a surrender to God, letting Him take charge and letting go all of the angst that burdens our failures, whether it's a missed golf shoot or even alcoholism.
Recommended as a good solid family movie.

Entertaining family movie that deserves to be rated for what it really was, a good wholesome family movie..., 3 September 2011  9/10
Author: chas65 from United States
I just returned from watching this movie with my wife and children. We all like playing golf, but even if we hadn't, we would have enjoyed the movie all the same. It's not about golf (although I feel it portrays the constant battle that a golfer has with controlling the heart, staying calm and trusting your gut, etc), it's about one man's journey. It's about him putting events in his life into perspective, and understanding what's really important. I for one don't see an issue with this; in fact, I believe there should be more movies like this one.
This movie will sadly be underrated by some people with different expectations for this movie. Please rate it for the genre/type of movie that it is.
This is a simple, yet thought-provoking movie that will, at times, evoke emotions that could help people on the next step of their own journey. It primarily is a drama, but contains it's fair share of suspense, sports action, and romance. There are several funny scenes that warm the heart.
I highly recommend this movie if you want to be entertained, if you have an open mind, and if you don't mind thinking about your life and the future. This is a great heart-warming, feel-good movie. It makes a healthy change from the majority of movies produced recently.

None of my family play golf, and we all enjoyed our trip to "Utopia"
4 September 2011 9/10  Author: rking-19 from United States
Just-turned-pro golfer Luke Chisolm has a disastrous first tournament. He has spent his entire life preparing to play golf, egged on by his well-meaning but unintentionally-cursing father. (I do not mean swear words; the language and action of the movie -- even the romantic tension -- is clean.) After the catastrophe, Luke goes AWOL, so to speak, and finds himself for a week in Utopia, Texas, population 373, "375 after the birth of the twins."  
His life is forever changed in that week and in that town, as Luke encounters a radical challenge to his world-view. He gradually unwinds lies from his life, and although he learns to be a better golfer, he more importantly learns -- sometimes humorously, sometimes dramatically -- to be a better human being.
Unlike some of the other reviewers of this movie, Luke is open and teachable, and willing to engage with another perspective. That alone would make him a winner in my book. (No, this is not a spoiler. In fact, have some fun with your 10 to 13 year old: ask them what they think the outcome of the climactic scene will be before it is over. They, and you, are sure to be surprised!)  
My wife and I went to see "Utopia" yesterday, and we returned today to see it with our four kids, aged 7 to 14. We all enjoyed it, but it tried our youngest son's attention span. Our son, you see, is an active, sporting youngster. "But how could he have gotten tired (you ask)? This is a golf movie, with tournament action!"
Saying that this movie is about golf is like saying a painting is about the canvas. This movie is about someone not too unlike us, needing more from life, and getting compassionate help from an unlikely source. I heartily recommend it, whether or not you are a golf aficionado.
The most stunning thing to me was the meta-story. Hollywood-level talent and production values really come to fruition by finally taking a more honest look at the positive side of small-town life and faith. It takes more effort, more genius, and more guts to write an inspiring story about the typical than it does to go to extremes and create the "shocker." What a refreshing change "Utopia" is, because at long last it may be possible to professionally cover a broader array of deeper subject matter on film.
(And to all you whiners taking a break from your angst to write flailing but miscued negative reviews, you can revel in the fact that you star in this movie too: you're the ones who symbolize the call to mediocrity, while confusing it with propriety. Perhaps instead of writing lazy reviews, your time might be better spent trying to figure out why living a life of meaning and excellence has occupied center stage nearly from the dawn of recorded philosophical history. The relevant works through the ages have been judged classics by smarter minds than ours. History notwithstanding, even modern works for kids on the subject can stay fresh too: the movie "Cars" is a smash hit because kids innately understand how fundamental meaning and purpose are to life. They have not had time to build a facade over their wounded hearts.)

Great message and Duvall is wonderful as always, 6 September 2011 Author: John_T_Chance from The Attic

A perfect case of a message adding up to more than presentation in film terms. The story itself sags often, is corny and there is actually limited emotional connection despite the attempt at playing heavily in to character development. Three things elevate this movie to above average for me. One, Robert Duvall... that guy is a treat to watch in just about any performance. Two, I love the game of golf. Finally, the message of altering and living life on your own terms with faith and conviction resonates in a big way. I really loved this line from Duvall's grace before his meal... "Thank You for faith in a world filled with fear."

When reading certain reviews and seeing how many hate filled people attack any film with any type of religious message it helps to remember just how much they are lashing out in fear. Lack of true faith makes all people truly miserable eventually (and afraid) because they have nothing to truly strive for and will always be haunted by their own mortality. We all know misery loves company. They want to drag down and insult those who have a chance at peace. That in and of itself is quite sad.

Regardless, this movie is NOT a pure religious film at all. It's a story about golf and struggling to better oneself by prioritizing what is really important in life.

Seems to be about golf, but really about how we live our lives.
6 September 2011  Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth
The book had a longer title, but it was essentially ‘Seven days in Utopia.' Clever in that the Texas town really exists and is called Utopia. Plus the theme is our human attempts to achieve our personal ‘Utopia' where everything is right. My golfing friend Jay loaned me the book, which I enjoyed, and now similarly enjoyed this movie.

You don't have to be a golfer, but I believe golfers will enjoy the movie more than others. Plus it has a prominent "faith" element, and some will be turned off by that aspect. But it is what it is, and I think it is a good movie.

Lucas Black is young pro golfer Luke Chisholm who has a giant melt-down on the final hole when all he has to do is make a par to win. Video of it is all over the airwaves. So ready to give up golf, that his dad had pushed on him so forcefully, Luke winds up in Utopia, Texas, population 375 now that a lady just had twins.

Robert Duvall is Johnny Crawford who we gradually find out was a pro golfer many years ago, in the Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson era, but retreated to small town life some years ago, he lost both his career and his wife because of his drinking. Luke in a moment of inattention crashes through one of Johnny's fences to avoid hitting a bull, and soon Luke finds himself stuck in Utopia.

Not all is bleak, as he also meets the pretty girl working at the local café, and aspiring to be a professional horse whisperer. But Johnny makes him a more important promise, spend 7 days with him in Utopia and he will find his golf game.

The basic premise is not unlike the 'Karate Kid' approach, the old master gets the student involved in a number of things seemingly unrelated to golf; Bass fishing, throwing washers, oil painting. But it is all part of the plan to get young Luke to control his emotions and control his destiny. S-F-T... see it, feel it, trust it.

Black and Duvall are great together. And in this fictional story golfer K.J. Choi plays T.K. Oh, the number one golfer. This is not a superb movie as superb movies go, but it is very pleasant and very watchable, and might even teach some audience members a new outlook on life and what is really important.

I saw it in the theater, my first visit to a movie house in 12 years!

SPOILER: Luke gets into the Texas Open the next week, plays calmly and well, and a great approach to the last hole nets him an eagle 2 to tie with T.K. Oh. In the playoff T.K. Oh misses his birdie putt on the first playoff hole; all Luke has to do is sink an 8-ft birdie putt to win. With Johnny he had learned a new face-on putting style and Johnny had told him, "You will know when to use it." He pulls that putter out of his bag and uses it for the birdie putt; it is rolling to the hole, as the camera pans up to the sky. We never know if he made the putt or not, because ultimately that isn't important.

Utopian Point of View
7 September 2011
Author: Alan Dunnary from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
It has been a number of years since I reviewed a movie on this website. I signed up some time ago, wrote a few but just never got back to it.

I have a great reason to come back now. I went to see this movie on opening day because I do really like the acting of Mr. Duvall. Almost 80 he's still got the knack for doing great acting and giving his characters "character".

I have noticed some here feel this is either a bland movie or lacks any kind of drive for keeping one's attention. I feel kind of bad for them that they've missed the overall point here.

Not just that this is a movie with the surprise rate of 'G' but that the story is meant to simply give one example of a situation where a young man is wrapped up in the idea that if he fails at this sport, he fails at life itself.

This does not just apply to one thing we do in life but everything. Even when we fail at something, do we abandon it entirely and say "If I can't do this or be great at it, then my life is over?" Of course not.

What Duvall shows the young man is that the game is good but it's not the be all and end all of his existence. The fact that God is mentioned here, well that's just one person's point of view.

It doesn't mean that they're trying to be bible thumpers and try to convert us to Christianity. It is just one way of saying that whatever reason we are here, we have to find that, become that but remember that we are only human beings.

If one loses sight of that, then you end up thinking trivial things are important, instead of remembering that your life and life itself are what matters. As well as those who share it with you.
10 all the way. Not only a good golf score but a fitting score for this film.

Rated G but Nothing Like a G-Rated Film
6 September 2011 | (PH. Arizona) 
On Labor Day (just yesterday Sept. 5, 2011) I got out of work early and decided to go see a movie for the first time in 6 months.

When I got to the theatre I had chosen, there wasn't much of a choice. Mostly kid stuff and violent movies. I narrowed it down to Columbiana and this movie.

I read on the movie poster that Columbiana is about revenge and I really wasn't in the mood for that. So, seeing this was Rated G,I decided to give it a chance. I grew up in the 70s when G meant either sugary or too "kiddish".

This movie is none of that. It is absolutely perfect movie making and storytelling. This film walks an incredible tightrope of telling a serious story, while still making it entertaining and most of all....covering serious emotions in a G rated format.

Duvall is spectacular as is the supporting cast. They behave a genuine people and display real emotions, without getting too sweet about it or seeming to angry or negative in other scenes.

The most violence is the main character's car wreck. He smashes into a wooden fence and busts the rear window of his car. There's also a slight "fight" between him and two other guys. They push and shove each other mostly but that's about it for violence though.

I know some here think that the film has "religious overtones". It's not about "religion" it's about having faith in your own self as well as the man upstairs.

The point is, we’re given a great gift of being able to think and act out of our own thoughts and choices and will. How we manage them is up to us. Also that we tend to make too big a deal out of things that are supposed to define who we are, in the eyes of others.

What's important is how we measure ourselves inside, not other people. This is the main point the story is telling us. I give 10 stars, without a doubt and ....I may even see it again!

Please, see 7 Days In Utopia, you won't be sorry!