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States of Grace (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  23 April 2014 (France)
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The lives of a street preacher, an aspiring actress, a Mormon missionary, and a young gang banger intersect in this ensemble drama set in present-day Santa Monica, California.



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Sister Hershey


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Beyond faith, beyond reason, beyond experience.



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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and mature thematic material

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23 April 2014 (France)  »

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God's Army 2: States of Grace  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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The film does not mention it, but clearly describes Elder Lozano as a Colombian character, since he used to be a gang-member with his brother, a common case in Medellín, a Colombian city where the last name "Lozano" is very common. See more »


[first lines]
Lozano: [the elders are playing basketball on "P" day. Speaking to Elder Farrell] Come on. Get in here man, we're getting our butts kicked.
[Elder Farrell shakes his head negatively]
Elder Mangum: Come on Farrell, we're one man short.
Sister Savea: I'll do it.
Elder Mangum: I said, we're one MAN short.
Sister Savea: You're one short man, that's what you are.
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Amazingly Powerful
9 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the most powerful movies I have seen short of The Passion of Christ..alittle slow starting, but then hold on to your seat!!! I think everyone should be touched by this movie, regardless of religion, race, or whatever, the scenes switch back and forth to create a very powerful connection. I highly recommend this to anyone over 13, take all your young friends to see this really connects with what is happening in the world today. I loved the way that it portrayed that there is hope, and forgiveness available, no matter the situation. Don't let this one get away, my adopted daughter is going to go see it again tomorrow, and take her boyfriend....A must see film

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