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God's Army (2000)

PG | | Drama | 10 March 2000 (USA)
Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a ... See full summary »

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Elder Allen
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Elder Dalton
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Sister Fronk
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Elder Mangum
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Elder Banks
Michael Buster ...
Elder Kinegar
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Elder Sandoval
John Pentecost ...
President Beecroft
Lynne Carr ...
Sister Beecroft
Kelli Coleman ...
Sister Monson
Anthony Anselmi ...
Elder Harmer
Peter Jackson ...
Elder Downey
Seamus Hurley ...
Elder Rex
Francine Riber ...
Connie
Fawn Perez ...
Laura
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Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving missionaries and, to top it off, his first companion, 29-year-old Marcus Dalton, proves to be a harsh mentor. After only one day as a missionary, Allen is ready to hang up his necktie and go home. His point-of-view changes, however, as he begins to see the struggles and sacrifices that the other missionaries endure: Dalton, he soon learns, is fighting a losing battle with cancer. Banks, an African-American missionary, was disowned by his family when he joined the Mormon church. Kinegar, a fifth-generation Latter-Day Saint, finds himself doubting under the intellectual attacks of anti-Mormons. Working and living with these young men, Allen becomes a part of the drama occurring under the everyday surface of missionary life. After only a few intense days, ... Written by Anonymous

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Saving the world one soul at a time

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Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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$88,584 (USA) (10 March 2000)

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$2,628,829 (USA) (20 October 2000)
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Trivia

The Elder Allen character background is loosely based on Richard Dutcher's own life. See more »

Goofs

The black name tags lacked the "The" in "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." (However, this omission was most likely intentional, as the Church's logo is copyrighted.) See more »

Quotes

Allen: Should we take the bus?
Dalton: I don't want to take the bus.
Allen: You're not tired?
Dalton: I'm exhausted, but if I sit down I'll fall asleep. If I fall asleep I'll probably lapse into a coma. If I lapse into a coma, I'll probably die, so I don't want to take the bus.
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Crazy Credits

Gwen Dutcher is credited as "Sexy Mormon Lady." This is not an actual character in the film, but Richard Dutcher's wife. She gets another "crazy credit" in his film Brigham City. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Field Is White (2002) See more »

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Go to Hell
Written by Ryan Shupe
Performed by Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband
Courtesy of Tydal Wave Records
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27 January 2003 | by (Richland, WA) – See all my reviews

I'm an ex-Mormon who, as a film buff, thought that "God's Army" was saleable merchandise. One thing that is great about movies is that it can take you to worlds or lifestyles that you wouldn't get to see otherwise (or want to see) such as "Boogie Nights" look at the porn industry. "God's Army" is that sort of look into the world of an LDS missionary. Of course the movie is aimed at Mormons but I did like Richard Dutcher's willingness to have one of the missionairies start to question the validity of Mormonism and finally quit his mission. I can guarantee you that every LDS propaganda film made has always shown missionaries and LDS leaders as stalwarts without a hint of doubt about their work.

I also liked it that he included the scene where the black couple gives a dressing down to the African-American LDS missionary (I'm sure that there're are some; I've never seen one in person or even met anyone who has met one!). The missionary's response to past, blatant LDS institutional racism falls like a lead balloon to the couple and it seems evident that Dutcher feels that the official LDS line on past race problems is insufficient.

He's also willing to show the missionaries with not only their hair down, but their pants down as well. The practical joke photos of different missionaries sitting on the john were funny and I can only imagine more than a few LDS leaders being a bit offended by that. Again, a bit of Dutcher's unorthodoxy seeping through? Everything I've read about him says he's a TBM (true believing Mormon) but there is something about Dutcher that seems just a little out of step, just a little unorthodox for the usual Mormon. I know that he's trying to create a "Mormon Cinema" and it will probably make him a wealthy man since he has no real competitors for the LDS-drama genre. I would like to see what he could do though with just a straight, non-LDS theme movie and some better actors.


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