Sunrise Theater Presents 'Seven Days in Utopia'
The Sunrise Theater's SunFlix series brings a story of inspiration and redemption (and golf) to the screen with the presentation of "Seven Days in Utopia," a sports/drama about a -talented young golfer set on making the pro tour who escapes the pressures of the game and finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas.
The film stars Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Melissa Leo, Kathy Baker, Deborah Ann Woll and Brian Geraghty.
This film will be shown Sept. 22-26 on weekdays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. It is rated G, which means its appropriate for the whole family, and runs for 100 minutes.
Rick Bentley, movie critic at the New York Newsday, provides the following summary: "Based on David L. Cook's bestselling novel, 'Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia,' the movie follows Luke Chisholm (Lucas Black) as he finally reaches the goal his father has pushed him to obtain: a chance to play professional golf. His debut is a disaster, so he escapes from the spotlight in the sleepy little Texas town of Utopia. It's a place where Sunday socials, neighborly ways and catching lightning bugs still exist.
"It's also where Chisholm meets Johnny Crawford (Robert Duvall), a former pro golfer with the wisdom of Yoda. His mentoring of Chisholm in the ways of golf and life turn the film into a putting-green version of 'The Karate Kid.' Crawford teaches golf through fly fishing, painting and airplane rides. All of this golf talk is just a smoke screen for the film's true message: The biggest thing Chisholm needs is faith and until he finds a higher power than golf, he's always going to be chipping out of the sand traps of life."
Robert Duvall's performance has been praised by critics. Bill Goodykoontz of the Arizona Republic writes, "Duvall seems to be able to make any role interesting at this point in his long career. The guy is just great." Steve Persall of the St. Petersburg Times calls the film "... one of the finest golf movies ever. ... (it) raises the bar on faith-based cinema ... a lovely film giving 'squeaky clean' a better name, with a Christian message going down easily for secular audiences, too."
The historic Sunrise Theater, located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines, is nonprofit.
Ticket prices are $7 for all shows.
Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available.
For more information on any activity at the Sunrise, contact the theater at (910) 692-3611 or go to www.sunrisetheater.com.
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