Sunday, June 22, 2008


Author: Jason
Location: Nebraska


Rated R for disturbing scenes of violence
Released Thanksgiving weekend, opened at $85 million
Total Box Office: $310 million
Budget: $140 million

Directed by Ang Lee
Written by Akiva Goldsman
Produced by Peter Jackson
Score by James Horner
Cinematography by Janisz Kaminski

Principal Cast:

Russell Crowe (Raphael Hythlodae)
Clive Owen (Thomas More/Styward)
Paul Bettany (Peter Gilles/Thomas Rot)
Christopher Plummer (Mayor)
Kiera Knightley (Margaret Roeper/Slave)

Tagline: "This never happened"

Synopsis: Raphael Hythlodae (Crowe), adventurer extraordinaire, embarks upon his fourth voyage to the new world and lands in the gleaming port of Utopia. But all is not as it seems. He is soon made a slave, and must devise a plan to escape the hellhole that is Utopia.

What the press would say:

Filled with lavish cinematography, heart-rending tragedy, scathing commentary on both the past and present, as well as smart commentary on issues central to human nature, this film is sure to be considered among the best ever put to print. Using contrasting narration and dual-role casting, the film provides a damning picture of the classic's order-obsessed author and the dystopian society he created. UTOPIA is a sprawling epic, heart-wringing tragedy, and doctoral thesis wrapped into one, and a must-see for all viewers.

Academy Awards Nominations in 14 categories:

Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor (3 choices), Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Score, Art Direction, Makeup, Costumes, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing.

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