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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$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

Elder Sandoval is seen playing a guitar. Musical instruments are allowed on Mormon missions, though many forgo them, preferring to travel light. 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 Field Is White (2002) See more »

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Best of Me
Written by Greg Simpson and Julie de Azevedo
Performed by Greg Simpson
Courtesy of Highway Records
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Integrity sets this film apart from other works in the fledgling "Mormon cinema."
4 September 2002 | by (Durban, South Africa) – See all my reviews

The start of, and perhaps, the definitive work thus far with regards to the fledgling "Mormon cinema" movement, God's Army is an honest and worthy cinematic effort. Writer/Director/Actor/Producer Richard Dutcher tells a story he really beliefs in with honesty and passion, and although the acting and production value of the film are not up to par with his subsequent effort, Brigham City, the integrity of the film makes it far more enjoyable and far more appealing. With reference to the other works within "Mormon cinema" including Singles Ward, Brigham City and Out of Step, God's Army stands tall in comparison, the quality perhaps being reflected in a boxoffice take more than twice it's closest competitor. Singles Ward and Out of Step in particular are cheap, easy and unimaginative swill churned out to an eager, but small, target audience of Mormons starved of entertainment they can reallly call their own. These films pander to the lowest common denominator, whereas God's Army

attempts to rise above purely Mormon culture and give the world a taste of what it is like to serve a higher and unseen entity - relying purely on faith, as an insecure, young, and unlearned youth.


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