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The Apostle -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Robert Duvall (written by)
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Release Date:
20 February 1998 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Lust, Obsession, Revenge... Redemption See more »
Plot:
After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Can I get a witness? See more (158 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Todd Allen ... Horace
Paul Bagget ... Tag Team Preacher #3 (as Brother Paul Bagget)

Lenore Banks ... Female Sonny Supporter

John Beasley ... Brother Blackwell
Mary Lynette Braxton ... Mother Blackwell

Brett Brock ... Helper
Christopher Canady ... Sister Johnson's Twin
Christian Canady ... Sister Johnson's Twin

June Carter Cash ... Mrs. Dewey Sr.
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
Rick Dial ... Elmo

Robert Duvall ... The Apostle E.F.

Farrah Fawcett ... Jessie Dewey
Jan Fawcett ... Needy Receiver #2

Jim Gleason ... Young Priest (as James Ivey Gleason)

Walton Goggins ... Sam
Chili Graham ... Tag Team Preacher #5 (as Reverend Chili Graham)
Bobby Green ... Tag Team Preacher #1 (as Reverend Bobby Green)

Stuart Greer ... Texas State Trooper
John E. Hawkins ... Sonny Supporter #1

Hunter Hayes ... Child Accordionist
Daniel Hickman ... Flashback Preacher (as Reverend Daniel Hickman)
Emery Hopkins ... Virgil
Brenda B. Jackson ... Faith Healer #2
Jewell Jernigan ... Sister Jewell (as Sister Jewell Jernigan)
Charles Johnson ... Tag Team Preacher #2 (as Reverend Charles Johnson)
Julie Johnson ... Baptism Soloist
Vera Kemp ... Faith Healer #1
Joseph Lindsey ... Soloist #1
Sharon K. London ... Church Woman
Zelma Loyd ... Sister Johnson
Fernie E. McMillan ... Doctor
Jimmie J. Meaux ... Church Member #2

L. Christian Mixon ... Bodyguard
Richard Nance ... Church Man #2
Douglas Perry ... Louisiana State Trooper
Harold Potier Sr. ... Coronet George

Kevin Rankin ... Young Man in Car
Pat Ratliff ... Accident Witness

Miranda Richardson ... Toosie
Jay Robicheaux ... Sonny at 12 Years Old

Terence Rosemore ... Man Saying Amen (as Terrence Rosemore)

Billy Joe Shaver ... Joe
Joyce Jolivet Starks ... Sister Delilah
Christina Stojanovich ... Jessie Jr.
Nicholas Stojanovich ... Bobbie
Ronnie Stutes ... Needy Receiver
Ruby Francis Terry ... Soloist Choir Director

Billy Bob Thornton ... Troublemaker
Graham Timbes ... Church Man #1
James B. Towry ... Nosey Neighbor

Renee Victor ... Latin Translator
Jesse Waldrop ... Sonny Supporter #2 (as Reverend Jesse Walkrop)
Steve White ... Tag Team Preacher #4 (as Reverend Steve White)
Fay Winn ... Tag Team Preacher #5 (as Sister Fay Winn)
Melete Woods ... Soloist #3
Margaret Oliver Coleman ... Texas Choir Member
Sharon Denise Dickerson ... Texas Choir Member
Erica Lynn Duncan ... Texas Choir Member
Sondra Jackson Green ... Texas Choir Member
David Henderson ... Texas Choir Member
Parla J. Johnson ... Texas Choir Member
Donna Siddiqui ... Texas Choir Member
Tami Boaz Skelton ... Texas Choir Member
Rachel V. Stevenson ... Texas Choir Member
Gretchen Louise Watts ... Texas Choir Member
Jerry H. Skelton ... Organist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Gammon ... Brother Edwards (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Duvall 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Duvall (written by)

Produced by
Steven Brown .... co-producer
Rob Carliner .... producer
Robert Duvall .... executive producer
Ed Johnston .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Mansfield 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Markowitz (director of principal photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Mack 
 
Casting by
Ed Johnston 
Renee Rousselot 
 
Production Design by
Linda Burton 
Thomas A. Walsh (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Irfan Akdag 
 
Set Decoration by
Dea Jensen 
Lori Johnson 
 
Costume Design by
Doug Hall  (as Douglas Hall)
 
Makeup Department
Alicia Allain .... key hair stylist (as Alicia Dollard)
Lilly Benyair-Gart .... key makeup artist (as Lily Gart)
Allison Gordin .... key makeup artist
Mela Murphy .... hair stylist: Ms. Fawcett
Mela Murphy .... makeup artist: Ms. Fawcett
 
Production Management
Taylor M. Favale .... unit production manager (as Taylor Favale)
Sharre Jacoby .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melissa Cummins Lorenz .... second second assistant director
Louis Shaw Milito .... first assistant director
Chad Rosen .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Nathan Boniske .... property assistant
Gert Broekema .... property assistant
Bill Darrow .... carpenter
Tom Davis .... scenic artist
Deborah Dawson .... set dresser
James Dupuy .... construction foreman
Jean-Paul Guirard .... swing
Jon Jenkins .... swing
Huey Mitchell .... carpenter
Nan Parati .... scenic artist
John Patterson .... construction coordinator (as John N. Patterson)
Kenneth R. Rector .... lead man (as Ken-E-Ray Rector)
Ben Schoen .... typesetting
Shelly Stoll .... art department coordinator (as Shelly C. Stoll)
Alexandra Tager .... on-set dresser
Samuel J. Tell .... property master
 
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... sound mixer
Mark Berger .... supervising sound re-recordist
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist
Loren Byer .... machine room operator
Frank Canonica .... machine room supervisor
Tobin Davis .... assistant sound editor (as Tobin John DeLacca Davis)
Yin Dodd .... assistant sound editor
Malcolm Fife .... sound effects editor
Grant Foerster .... machine room operator
Steve Fontano .... foley mixer (as Steven Fontano)
Anna Geyer .... machine room operator
Stephen Hart .... foley mixer
R. Frank Kincel II .... cable person
Kyrsten Mate .... sound effects editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Casey Nutt .... apprentice sound editor
John Nutt .... supervising sound editor
David Parker .... sound recordist
Randy Pease .... boom operator
Frank Rinella .... foley mixer
Brian Ruberg .... adr services
Jeff Whittle .... transfer supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Jeff Hutchison .... optical supervisor
 
Stunts
Mark De Alessandro .... stunt double: Mr. Duvall
Ethan Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Ethan Jensen .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gordon Ard .... grip
Ehab Assal .... second assistant camera (as Ehab Asal)
Paul D. Beard .... electrician
Samone Bennett .... video playback operator
Todd Davis .... grip
Darrin Dickerson .... electrician
Michael Dunson .... dolly grip (as Mike Dunson)
Scott Fawley .... best boy (as Scott S. Fawley)
Rocky Ford .... electrician (as Rocky 'Rockman' Ford)
Nick Franco .... second assistant camera
Randy Gallagher .... grip
Tom Grunke .... key grip
Dennis Haden .... electrician (as Dennis Noy Haden)
Jerry Holway .... Steadicam operator: "b" camera
Kevin Long .... electrician
Barry Markowitz .... camera operator
Van Redin .... still photographer
Stephen Ritchey .... grip
Steven Search .... first assistant camera
Bear E. Smith .... best boy
David Taylor .... electrician
John Wagner .... gaffer
Steven Lynn Walker .... grip
Shane Weaver .... camera loader
Don W. Wegner .... grip
Michael Applebaum .... camera operator: "c" camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Toni Cobb Brock .... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Jami Rudofsky .... casting assistant
Lisa W. Suire .... extras casting assistant
Tanya Sullivan .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meredith McLaughlin .... costumer
Ángela Núñez .... costumer (as Angela Nuñez)
Lisa Parmet .... wardrobe supervisor
Susan Thomas .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Janie Bargaron .... cutter
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Glenn Suffern .... negative cutter
Fulvio Valsangiacomo .... first assistant editor
 
Location Management
Stephanie Dupuy .... location coordinator (as Stephanie Samuel Dupuy)
Stephanie Dupuy .... location scout (as Stephanie Samuel Dupuy)
Greg Guirard .... location assistant
Ashley Haspel .... location assistant
Virginia McCollam .... location manager
Virginia McCollam .... location scout
Peter Wilson .... location manager
 
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Dan Gellert .... score engineer
David Mansfield .... musical score performer
Sharon Smith .... music editor
Elizabeth Wendel .... associate music supervisor
Eli Wilson .... choir director: children's choir
Margaret Yen .... assistant to music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
James Cedotal .... driver
Mark Evans .... driver: van
Rooster Layton .... driver
Israel Martin .... driver
Mark Meaux .... driver
Sonny Messina .... driver
L. Christian Mixon .... driver
Linda Mixon .... driver: cast (as Linda Nitsch)
Lawrence Morgan .... transportation coordinator
Luke Morris .... driver
Christie Nezat .... driver
Nick W. Pastrano .... driver: honeywagon (as Nick Pastrano)
David 'Pete' Peterson .... driver
Fred Pope Jr. .... driver: production van
Albert J. Sparks Jr. .... driver
Bobby Williamson .... driver
Aaron Wince .... transportation captain (as Aaron C. Wince)
 
Other crew
Christi Alexander .... assistant production coordinator
Stacey Ballentine .... assistant production accountant
Carol Banker .... script supervisor
Janie Bargaron .... fitter
Eric Barker .... film runner
Joel Timothy Bible .... set teacher (as Joel T. Bible)
Leslie Bourque .... production assistant
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Andrew Evans .... production assistant
Jan Fawcett .... stand-in: Ms. Fawcett
Michael Hackney .... utility stand-in
Judy Harrington .... stand-in: Mrs. Carter Cash
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach
Shelby Hyman .... production assistant
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Rick Kahn .... transfer operator
Shelly Kujawa .... set medic
Rhonda Byers Lee .... craft service
Mamie Mitchell .... script supervisor (as Maime Mitchell)
Adam Prince .... assistant production coordinator
Natasha Sanchez .... production assistant
Ronnie Stutes .... stand-in: Mr. Duvall (as Ronald Stutes)
Desiree Varni .... production accountant (as Desirée Killian)
J.R. Von Schondorf .... production assistant (as Edwin VonSchondorf)
Onni Vosdoganes .... production coordinator
Charles White .... stand-in: Mr. Shaver
Ted Kantrow .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Michelle Archer .... special thanks
Kerry Boutte .... special thanks
Sharon Boutte .... special thanks
Lee Clardy .... special thanks
Michael Dyckman .... special thanks
Friema Grylack .... special thanks
Joel Jacobson .... special thanks
Jewell Jernigan .... special thanks (as Sister Jewell Jernigan)
Countess Mar .... special thanks
Rob McEntegart .... special thanks
Michael McNamara .... special thanks
Tim Metcalf .... special thanks
Walter Murch .... special thanks
Gerard Sellars .... special thanks
Irwin Tenenbaum .... special thanks
Helen Williams .... gratitude and thanks
Isham Williams .... in memoriam (as Reverend Isham Williams)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and a related scene of violence
Runtime:
134 min | Italy:89 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although they play mother and son, June Carter Cash is in reality only 2 years older than Robert Duvall.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the last scene, the radio DJ is shown without his glasses, but is wearing them an instant later.See more »
Quotes:
Brother Blackwell:[laughing] Now, Apostle, I know what you're thinking, but... All-All I can say is that whenever you've been on the radio, most all the white people think you're black. Now, most all the colored people know you ain't black; but they sho do like you're style of preachin'. So, what you see is what we got.
Sonny:Yeah. Yeah, well we got what the Lord sent... what the Lord sent.
Brother Blackwell:That's right.
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Soundtrack:
The Bible Rap SongSee more »

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44 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Can I get a witness?, 16 July 2004
Author: oyason from United States

I didn't grow up down South, or even in the midwest, but I do know a little bit about the Pentacostal Church and Christian fundamentalism. Robert Duvall is an ambitious actor and film maker, and The Apostle hits home with its perceptive and loving portrayal of country people in the United States. It is refreshing to see that culture portrayed as something other than gaggles of yahoos. The Apostle focuses on the community spirit of the church, and thereby shatters some of the mystery of its appeal in a culture as self-centered as our own. There are no saints in this story, just a protagonist and his supporters trying to make sense of a country in which there is little love and way too much usury. The film is harsh on a number of levels, very no-nonsense though drawn out at various moments. But it's real, and that's more than can be said for ninety per cent of what passes for films about U.S. culture these days. It's said by some folks that Robert Duvall has been trying to make this film for a lot of years, and there are parts of The Apostle that contain faint echoes of his 1983 project Tender Mercies. It hardly matters, since both are interesting films for different reasons. Some day we'll see Robert Duvall as the vast repository of Americana he really is, until then, The Apostle is one of the best testimonies to his strengths that I know of. Can I get a witness?

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