Seven Days in Utopia
|Seven Days in Utopia|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Matt Russell|
|Based on||Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia|
by David L. Cook
|Cinematography||M. David Mullen|
|Edited by||Robert Kamatsu|
|Box office||$4.4 million|
The film is based on the book Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia by Dr. David Lamar Cook, a psychologist who received a Ph.D. in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Virginia.
In the movie version, Lucas Black plays Luke Chisholm, a young professional golfer who has a meltdown during a tournament. After shooting 80 in the final round, Chisholm crashes his car into a fence and gets wisdom from Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall). After some instruction and guidance, Chisholm enters the Valero Texas Open, where he ends up in a playoff with the world's top golfer, T.K. Oh (K.J. Choi).
- Robert Duvall as Johnny Crawford
- Lucas Black as Luke Chisholm
- Melissa Leo as Lily
- K. J. Choi as T. K. Oh
- Kelly Tilghman as Golf Channel reporter/analyst
- Brandel Chamblee as Golf Channel reporter/analyst
- Deborah Ann Woll as Sarah
- Rickie Fowler as Himself
- Stewart Cink as Himself
- Rich Beem as Himself
Conservative publications provided mixed reviews. The New York Post gave the film two out of four stars and claimed that "it goes down more smoothly than you'd imagine" thanks to Duvall's performance and an "excellent supporting cast." The Arizona Republic described Seven Days as "utterly predictable" and "bland," but also praised Duvall, who "has to be great here just to keep the movie afloat." Roger Ebert gave the film one star out of four, writing "I would rather eat a golf ball than see this movie again", and, of Duvall, "Only a great actor could give such a bad performance."
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