Seven Days in Utopia

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Seven Days in Utopia
Seven Days in Utopia Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMatt Russell
Produced by
Written by
  • David Cook
  • Rob Levine
  • Matt Russell
  • Sandra Thrift
Based onGolf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia
by David L. Cook
Music by
CinematographyM. David Mullen
Edited byRobert Kamatsu
Release date
  • September 2, 2011 (2011-09-02) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7.5 million
Box office$4.4 million[1]

Seven Days in Utopia is a 2011 American Christian sports drama film directed by Matt Russell, starring Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, and Melissa Leo.

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.[2]

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).

It was filmed in Utopia, Texas, and Fredericksburg, Texas, and was released on September 2, 2011 in the United States.



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."[3] 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."[4] 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."[5]


  1. ^ "Seven Days in Utopia". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "Bio: Dr. David L. Cook", Zondervan Publishing.
  3. ^ Lumenick, Lou (September 1, 2011). "Seven Days in Utopia". New York Post. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  4. ^ Goodykoontz, Bill (September 1, 2011). "Seven Days in Utopia". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 31, 2011). "Seven Days in Utopia". Retrieved August 15, 2019.1/4 stars

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