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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 overview, first billed only:
Elder Allen
Elder Dalton
Sister Fronk
Elder Mangum
Elder Banks
Michael Buster ...
Elder Kinegar
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 ...
Fawn Perez ...


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)


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

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


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 »


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 »


Referenced in In the Service of God (2003) See more »


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Good Acting... Great Writing... Priceless Subject! An inspiring
30 March 2000 | by (St. George, Utah) – See all my reviews

I saw "God's Army" with my wife, who is not a member of the Mormon church. We both loved this movie, but for different reasons... That's the mark of good film-making.

This was truly an entertaining and informative movie. The movie accurately depicts the experience of an LDS mission. Having been on a mission myself, revelled in the chance to relive those choice moments that are now difficult to remember, and even more difficult to put into words. The acting was good, the writing great, and subject matter priceless! Throughout most of the movie, I forgot I was watching actors.

While I felt this was a movie about Mormons, for Mormons, it was so well done that it could have more broad appeal. My wife who is not Mormon, and knows little about my mission, really enjoyed the characters and their development.

I hope this movie does well, encouraging not just Richard Dutcher, but other filmmakers to make more movies of this kind. Big thanks to everyone who made this movie possible!

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