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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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Trivia

There are two hidden Easter Eggs in the DVD: If you want to listen to the hidden commentary: Watch (or skip through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select a 'Drunken Commentary'. or: If you want to view the Trailer: After watching (or skipping through) A Better Place go to the 'Special Thanks' menu and click on 'The Pizza Guy'. This will get you access to a secret menu where you can select the Trailer for Brian Lynch's Big Helium Dog. See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Ryan: Where did you come from? The happy world of bunnies?
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Alternate Versions

The DVD features several deleted scenes including:
  • Barret going to Ryan's aunt's house to see if she's seen Ryan after he's beaten up by Todd.
  • A longer, more disturbing, one take shot of Ryan's speech about the world.
  • Ryan explaining it felt good to kill the Whipporwill guy to Barret after shooting Todd in the arm.
  • Barret and Augusta getting into a fight shortly after the Whipporwill guy is killed (explaining Augusta's absence from the rest of the film).
  • Ryan returning to Asbury Park where he buys the gun.
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Soundtracks

Monkey Boy Slam
(elements)
Written by Michael Ferentino
Performed by Michael Ferentino and Andres Karu
Produced and Recorded by Michael Ferentino and Andres Karu
Copyright 2000 Michael Ferentino (ASCAP)
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Haunting, disturbing, classic
26 April 2005 | by gascapgtSee all my reviews

A fine display of independent cinema, this pre-Columbine movie provokes deep and personal questions and alarms the viewer with its penetrating journey into the human psyche.

Through excellent character development the audience is given the chance to take sides with different characters in the movie, each with their own positive traits and motives and certainly each with their often disturbing flaws. As violence and apathy are used to control and solve problems, we are forced to wonder what we would do in those situations, and who's really the enemy. As actions and reactions become increasingly extreme, the line between right and wrong becomes increasingly obscurred right up to the powerful and provocative ending.


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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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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

View Askew Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (theatrical print)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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