Seven Days in Utopia (2011)


Seven Days in Utopia (2011)

Luke is a young up-and-coming golfer. His father has pushed him to succeed on the green his entire life. After finally hitting rock bottom, he runs from his circumstances and his past and meets a man who took the time to care, Johnny Crawford. Johnny continues to surprise Luke at every turn, as he tries to help him bury his past and uncover the key to his future.
IMDb  6.1 /10
Metacritic   37%
Director Matthew Dean Russell
Writer David L. Cook
Writer Rob Levine
Writer Matthew Dean Russell
Writer Sandra Thrift
Release Date2011-09-02
Runtime1h 40mins
GenreDrama, Sport
Content RatingG (G)
Awards5 nominations.
CompanyProspect Park, Utopia Pictures
Johnny Crawford
Luke Chisholm
K.J. Choi
K.J. Choi
Tae Kwon Oh
Josh Painting
Josh Painting
Brandel Chamblee
Brandel Chamblee
Kelly Tilghman
Kelly Tilghman
Self (as Kelly Ann Tilghman)
Ezra Proch
Ezra Proch
Young Luke
Luke's Sister (as Madison Burge)

Seven Days in Utopia

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.

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.


  • 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."