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The life of a young Jesuit seminarian is turned upside down when he falls in love with a young woman while working as a volunteer at a soup kitchen.
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  (in credits order)
John Schuk ... Jungle Assistant #1
David Dempster ... Jungle Assistant #2

Jacob Pitts ... Peter Pekorius

Matthew Carey ... Gilbert Benny

Julian Rojas ... Eduardo
Roy Dumont ... Father Pat

Frank Langella ... Father Tew

Alan Arkin ... Father Behnke

Amy Acker ... Jill Yarrut
Shontina Vernon ... Lilee

Bebe Drake ... Ettu

Lara Grice ... Victoria

Orson Bean ... Father McIlhenny

William Lee Scott ... Henry

Jesse Moore ... Peace Corps Rep
Dori Lumpkin ... Outraged Daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandy Byrd ... Irene

John McConnell ... Luther

Melanie Abramoff ... Homeless Girl (uncredited)
Mitch Bryars Jr. ... Soup kitchen worker (uncredited)

Russell Durham Comegys ... Zookeeper (uncredited)

Bennett Wayne Dean Sr. ... Homeless Person (uncredited)

Robert W. Evans ... Waiter (uncredited)
John Lovett ... Foot Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Murray Robinson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Murray Robinson 

Produced by
Robert Abramoff .... producer
Jennifer Booth .... co-producer (as Jennifer L. Booth)
Donna Brower .... co-producer
Thomas Burke .... line producer
D. Scott Lumpkin .... producer
Murray Robinson .... producer
Original Music by
William Kidd 
David Reynolds 
Cinematography by
Lou Chanatry 
Film Editing by
Sharmila Ariathurai 
Daniel T. Cahn  (as Daniel Cahn)
Andrew Charlton 
Casting by
Donna Brower 
Production Design by
Gen Quintanilla 
Set Decoration by
Pam Molise 
Costume Design by
Andrea Sweet 
Makeup Department
Garnett Burk .... key hair stylist
Karrieann Heisner .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Steve Bartlett .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chad Hilker .... second assistant director
Michael Melamed .... first assistant director
Art Department
Lawson Brown .... property master
Mark Pacella .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ken Burton)
Jeff Courtie .... adr mixer
Lesa Foust .... boom operator
Sonya Henry .... adr editor
Sonya Henry .... dialogue editor
Lance Hoffman .... sound mixer
Stuart Martin .... sound effects editor
Gus Medina .... foley mixer
Todd Murakami .... sound effects editor
Andre Perreault .... sound re-recording mixer
Dale W. Perry .... foley artist (as Dale Perry)
Aron Siegel .... sound mixer
Richard Taylor .... adr editor
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Thomas Ward .... boom operator
Chuck Borden .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Damazio .... key grip
John Estes .... still photographer
Larry Gianneschi IV .... assistant camera
Marvin Lee .... second assistant camera
Chris Lumpkin .... electrician
David McLean .... gaffer
Jon Myers .... Steadicam operator
Kelly Price .... dolly grip
Steve Sudge .... best boy electric
Mike Tyson .... electrician
Robert Veliky .... camera loader
Casting Department
Dana Olson .... casting associate
Colleen Harrison .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sara Walbridge Castro .... costume supervisor (as Sara Walbridge)
Editorial Department
Brett Smith .... final colorist
Brett Smith .... on-line editor
Location Management
Peter W. Root .... location manager
Transportation Department
Mike Coley .... driver
Ricky Damazio .... transportation coordinator
George Mills .... transportation
Jack Prince .... transportation captain
Other crew
Sherrie Bradshaw .... production accountant
Mary Florian .... production assistant
Lauren M. Higgs .... key set production assistant
Tom Howes .... assistant production office coordinator
Damien Lubiak .... production coordinator
K. Lynn Martin .... script supervisor
Ken Meyer .... legal services
Duncan Montgomery .... producer's representative
Michael Saleman .... producer's representative
James Smotherman .... security chief

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Also Known As:
"Crossroads" - USA (DVD title)
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89 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A quietly beautiful movie, with religious significance and lovely performances, 11 May 2013
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

Catholic novice, Peter (Jacob Pitts) is now uncertain if he wants to be a priest. When a superior asked him about a pretty, shirtless lady who suddenly appeared before the two, Peter commented on her anatomy. It was the wrong answer, for souls and saving them are what is important. Nevertheless the Church is not ready to give up on Peter and send him to a remote area of Louisiana to help out in a Catholic-run food bank for the poor. But, uh oh! One of the other staff members is pretty Jill (Amy Acker) who succeeds in capturing Peter's attention. NOW, his hesitation to commit is even stronger. Also at the facility is a fine leader (Alan Arkin) and a very upset priest (Orson Bean) who was called home from Africa where the old man wanted to stay. As Peter and Jill meet frequently, even as she has revealed to the novice that her dream is to join the African Peace Corps, will love bloom? This quietly beautiful film almost has it all, for it sports a great story, a nice cast, a wildly gorgeous setting,a thoughtful premise, and a skilled direction. So, what's not to love? Find it, find it.

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