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God's Army (2000)

 -  Drama  -  10 March 2000 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Elder Allen
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Elder Dalton
Jacque Gray ...
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

In real life, Elder Dalton would have been sent home from his mission when he had brain cancer. No missionary is ever allowed to stay in the field "just because he wants to," particularly in life-or-death matters of health like that. 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 »

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Referenced in The Singles Ward (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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This film is an amazing accomplishment.
27 July 2004 | by (Annapolis MD) – See all my reviews

If anyone had dared suggest that I could sit through 104 minutes of 20-something youths trying to convert people around Los Angeles to the Mormon church, I would have snickered. But I did sit through it and loved it.

The motives driving these young men gradually become apparent, but at no time are the religious aspects of the film overbearing to a non-Mormon (I am a Unitarian and am extremely sensitive to propagandizing or proselytizing) At the end of the movie, the viewer has a understanding of and respect for the beliefs the missionaries are trying to instill in others.

Most appealing is the gentle humor when the real world of Los Angeles comes in conflict with the Mormons' beliefs. One scene is priceless -- the harried father, two children screaming, his wife yelling, who is being assured by the Mormon missionaries that the family is eternal.

This film is well off the beaten cinema path -- if religion is not central to your life but you enjoy well written, well directed drama, God's Army is for you.


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