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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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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

View Askew Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (theatrical print)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Some copies of the DVD include 2 film clippings. Only 1,000 of these were made. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Large Rude Student: He says he wants to fuck, bitch!
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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

Planet X
Music and Lyrics by Andrew J. Cowitt, Phil Benson and Michael S. Werts
Performed by the Pinecones
Published by Argyll Adventure Tree Music
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Very Good
28 July 2002 | by vorhese76See all my reviews

I'd just seen Drawing Flies... I bought it on a whim hoping I'd like it as it was a View Askew Production. It was awful. Just awful. So I was worried about A Better Place, but I took another chance. I was very pleased. It was a $40,000 budget but I think it looks good. The acting is so-so in places of course, and there are actually a few blurry scenes, but overall it's very well done. The character who plays Ryan definitely worked well. The story itself was very intriguing and I could relate to it, having grown up in similar situations. It's not a happy story, so don't expect a comedy. Very good. B+


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