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The Apostle (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 February 1998 (USA)
After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Horace
Paul Bagget ...
Tag Team Preacher #3 (as Brother Paul Bagget)
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Female Sonny Supporter
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Mary Lynette Braxton ...
Mother Blackwell
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Helper
Christopher Canady ...
Sister Johnson's Twin
Christian Canady ...
Sister Johnson's Twin
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Elizabeth Chisolm ...
Singer
William Atlas Cole ...
Bayou Man (as Brother William Atlas Cole)
Frank Collins Jr. ...
Soloist #4 (as Reverend Frank Collins Jr.)
Carl D. Cook ...
Civic Auditorium Preacher (as Prophet Carl D. Cook)
Naomi Craig ...
Scripture Reader
Wayne Dehart ...
Liquor Store Preacher
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Storyline

Eulis 'Sonny' Dewey is a preacher from Texas living a happy life with his beautiful wife Jessie. Suddenly his stable world crumbles: Jessie is having an affair with young minister Horace. Sonny gets enraged and hits Horace with a softball bat, putting him into a coma. After that he leaves town, takes a new name, 'Apostle E.F.' and goes to Louisiana. There he starts to work as a mechanic for local radio station owner Elmo, and Elmo lets him preach on the radio. E.F. starts to preach everywhere: on the radio, on the streets, and with his new friend, Reverend Blackwell he starts a campaign to renovate an old church. Written by Anonymous

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The hardest soul to save was his own. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and a related scene of violence | See all certifications »

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20 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Apostel!  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,969 (USA) (19 December 1997)

Gross:

$20,733,485 (USA) (12 June 1998)
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Trivia

Robert Duvall wrote the script in the 1980s and was turned down by many studios before he financed the film himself. See more »

Goofs

When the car takes off to go into the river, the tires squeal on a dirt road. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: I'd rather die today and go to heaven than live to be a hundred and go to hell.
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During the end credits there is a scene showing Sonny (Robert Duvall) preaching to the prisoners during out-of-prison work. See more »

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Referenced in Moviemaking in Virginia: Take 3 (2008) See more »

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Bayou Pon Pon
Arranged by D.L. Menard, Eddie Lejeune, Ken Smith
Performed by Le Trio Cadien
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Shakespeare would have borrowed this storyline
9 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film kept me thinking for days afterwards. A highly emotionally charged film, The Apostle is essentially a one-man tour de force for Duvall with an ensemble supporting cast. Duvall's performance was so convincing that had he performed this role live I'm sure he would have moved the whole audience to tears.

I resisted seeing this film at first expecting that it would be the usual tired, antireligious stereotype that late twentieth century script writers revel in. But The Apostle does not blindly follow any stereotypes. The premise is plausible and the realistic character portrayals give the viewer the feeling that they are right there in the story. This is a riveting tragic tale of a very flawed man who has the gift of inspiring others to better and greater things. Had Shakespeare been around today, he would have borrowed this storyline, but I doubt he could have done a better job.

It is a cautionary tale for anyone in a position of leadership. Somehow, despite the tragedy framing this story, I found it very uplifting. If you like a film with a message that prompts you to think, then see this movie.


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