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The Calling (2002)

PG | | Drama | December 2002 (USA)
The Leroy Jenkins Story, following the controversial life of evangelist Leroy Jenkins

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Leroy Jenkins
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Amos Jenkins
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B.B. Gallen
Ricco Chapa ...
Young Leroy Jenkins
London King ...
Ruby Jenkins
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Polly Jenkins (as Elyse Marie Mirto)
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Elegant Lady
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June Buckingham
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Cleo (as Steve Wagner)
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Mrs. Coreen
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Bobby Murky
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Charles Sandford (as Lewis Alfred Pipes)
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Willie Mae
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From an early age, Leroy Jenkins is called by a mysterious force he knows only as 'The Spirit'. Abandoned by his Cherokee mother and scorned as 'half-injun', Leroy is raised poor by a rural South Carolina family. Strange voices and supernatural occurrences haunt his early life and he runs from them until the age of 22 when a freak accident - or something more brings him close to death and finally to an Atlanta tent revival where he is miraculously healed. Transformed through faith and endowed with the power to heal others through The Spirit, Leroy begins his career as an evangelist and quickly builds one of the largest ministries in America, befriending the likes of Mae West and soon becoming a celebrity himself. He rocks the establishment as he sings the gospel like Elvis, takes wardrobe tips from Liberace and violently lashes out at anyone who doubts or opposes him, including the government. As he gets wealthier and more flamboyant, Leroy makes many enemies and many mistakes and he ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements, language and violence
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$966 (USA) (17 October 2003)

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$6,092 (USA) (17 October 2003)
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Very interesting, left with many questions
2 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I couldn't wait to see this movie. I had seen some previews which stirred my curiosity. I hoped some questions would be answered, like when Jenkins says the Spirit loves us but he's as mean as fire--or something of that nature. I wanted to get the background on that comment, but the movie offered no further insight. All in all though I found the film captivating, despite my having very little use and patience for so many films made today. I was especially touched by the prison scenes and the revealing depictions of Jenkins with his family. . .just all of the human elements.

Like someone else said, I would like to have seen more even if it meant parts 2 and 3. There were just so many important aspects that shape the story; they were kind of crammed into the too small space of 2 hours (or whatever the length was.)Actually, probably, what I would have rather seen is more of a documentary. Now THAT would be my cup of tea.


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