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Screen Door Jesus (2003)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  12 March 2003 (USA)
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An eclectic cast of characters intertwines and collides around themes of faith, religion and race in a small East Texas town. Screen Door Jesus tells the story of the church-going, but not ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Lou Dawson
Lafayette Wright ...
Church Member
Joycie Conroy (as Silvia Moore)
Franchelle S. Dorn ...
Momma Nell
Little Red
Bill Wise ...
Old Man Nickles
Brother Wiley (as Tommy Kendrick)
C. Anthony Jackson ...
Harvey Collins
Hank Jeters
George Herbert Jr.
Lorraine Herbert
Cliff Stephens ...
George Herbert Sr.
Richard Dillard ...
Mayor Roy Huckaby
Adam Bratcher ...
Kid Ogden


An eclectic cast of characters intertwines and collides around themes of faith, religion and race in a small East Texas town. Screen Door Jesus tells the story of the church-going, but not exactly God-fearing, town's folk who wake up one morning to discover the image of Jesus on Old Mother Harper's screen door. With media and crowds gathering around the phenomenon, and Jesus staring everyone straight in the face, it's time for people to take sides. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for language and some sexual content




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12 March 2003 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,040 (USA) (30 September 2005)


$41,605 (USA) (8 December 2006)

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Austin Movie Show review...
16 October 2005 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

This film's got some honest heart and soul. Writer/director Kirk Davis deeply wanted to tell a story about race, faith, and politics, and how the identity of small town folk in East Texas relies entirely on these three categories. In other words, you are the color of the skin, the church you attend, and the political party you vote for, the end.

Screen Door Jesus is a ensemble "dramedy" (I use that word when I can't decide if it's a comedic drama or a dramatic comedy) set during an East Texas summer when an entire town is changed by the mysterious appearance of the image of Jesus on a screen door. My only problem with this film is that I'm not entirely sure that the town really does change. I doubt whether any character really changes. Sure, some people who start out alive end up dead, but beyond that, we never dig deep enough into any one character to really see them as human and really connect. I sometimes felt that some of the actors where making fun of their characters rather than really believing in them and portraying them honestly.

However, for a first-time writer and director, Davis still does an admirable job at telling a complex story. I just wish there was a little more closure at the end. But in life, we never really do get proper closure, do we?

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