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Director:
Writers:
Stephen Kendrick (story)
Alex Kendrick (story) (written by)
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Release Date:
25 July 2003 (Brazil) See more »
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Tagline:
In every man's life there's a turning point
Plot:
A dishonest used car salesman decides to become the salesman that God wants him to be - with surprising results. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins See more »
User Reviews:
"You lazy, fat, last-chip-eating thief!" See more (45 total) »

Cast

 
Rosetta Harris Armstrong ... Katie's Sister

Lisa Arnold ... Hillary Vail
Blake Bailey ... Stephanie Ward
Jansen Barnes ... Jeff Stone
Roger Breland ... Mr. Austin
Walter Burnett ... Max Kendall
Michael Catt ... Pastor
John Cochran ... 1st Man on Lot
Carrie Crenshaw ... 1st Woman on Lot
Ashlynn Dapper ... Faith Austin
Janet Lee Dapper ... Judy Austin
Ron Dorminey ... Usher #1

Shannen Fields ... Miss Gardner
David Frasier ... Scott Miller
Shawn Gaines ... Usher #2
Mac George ... George MacDonald
Nancy Goode ... Car Buyer #2
Teresa Goode ... Alma Watts
Tommy Goode ... Car Buyer #1

Tracy Goode ... Bernie Meyers
William W. Haire ... TR3 Owner
Rutha Harris ... Katie Harris
Carla Hawkins ... Ms. Wright
Belle Hess ... Mary Parker
Dawn Hunnewell ... Teacher in Hallway
Rebekah Hunnewell ... Student #3
Richie Hunnewell ... Todd Austin
Bobby Jackson ... Tom Jennings
Jim Jewell ... Car Buyer #3
Renee Jewell ... Winner's Friend
Marc Keenan ... Sam Jones

Alex Kendrick ... Jay Austin
Joshua Kendrick ... Boy Quoting Scripture
Anna Knuckles ... Student #2
Rachel Knuckles ... Student #1
Vicki Knuckles ... Teacher in Room
Treavor Lokey ... Vince Berkley
Jim McBride ... Butch Bowers
Steve Moore ... Dan Michaels
Angela Reynolds ... Money Recipient #1
Ben Roberts ... Himself
Jay Sharpe ... Benny Watts
Michelle Sidhwa ... Misty Land
John Spencer ... Bad Car Salesman #2
Allan Stanford ... Cleatus Beck
Daniel Titus ... Kevin Cantrell
Dawn Westmoreland ... Contest Winner
Greg Westmoreland ... Bad Car Salesman #1
Mark Willard ... Himself
Steve Dapper ... Tow Truck Driver / Greeter (uncredited)

Directed by
Alex Kendrick 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alex Kendrick  story (written by)
Stephen Kendrick  story

Produced by
Lisa Arnold .... associate producer
Barry Carr .... executive producer
Michael Catt .... executive producer
Tracy Goode .... associate producer
John Hemken .... executive producer
Alex Kendrick .... executive producer
Alex Kendrick .... producer
Stephen Kendrick .... associate producer
Daniel Van Cleave .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Alex Kendrick 
Heather Spencer 
Mark Willard 
 
Cinematography by
Tracy Goode 
Alex Kendrick 
 
Film Editing by
Alex Kendrick 
Mark Mitchell 
 
Production Management
Steve Dapper .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tracy Goode .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Brian Straka .... foley artist
 

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USA:120 min | Argentina:120 min
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Trivia:
Though the lot remained open during filming, one side of it's sign was temporarily changed to "Jay Austin Motors", which is seen multiple times in the film. Some people called Mack George asking if he had sold his lot, but the other side of the sign did continue to say "Mac George Motor Cars".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jay and Kevin are talking about getting more money for the cars, Jay says, "Kevin, we're not gonna go that route." But when the same conversation, as recorded by Kevin's hidden camera, is shown on the TV report, he says, "Kevin, I don't wanna go that route."See more »
Quotes:
Judy Austin:Jay, just say the blessing.
Jay Austin:Why don't you say the blessing?
Judy Austin:Okay. Dear God, thank you for this food, Your blessings, and the precious carpet we're allowed to walk on. May it serve us well in the years to come and be a beacon of hope to all those who live in the house after were gone. Amen.
Jay Austin:That was lame!
Judy Austin:You're welcome to pray any time you like.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fireproof (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Flywheel ThemeSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"You lazy, fat, last-chip-eating thief!", 2 September 2009
Author: MartianOctocretr5 from Redondo Beach, CA

Refreshing non-Hollywood style drama. It was obviously made on a shoe-string budget by relative unknowns, but that's part of this sweet little film's charm. It is a fine example of a thoughtful effort to get a point across without explosions, car chases, or four-letter slang.

The writer and lead Alex Kendrick has offered up a very sincere and cleverly told story. It's not polished; its independent roots are evident (tops of people's heads get chopped off a lot, for example). Nevertheless, the characters are likable and the acting isn't bad at all. The writer puts a lot of humorous one-liners in the script ("You lazy, fat, last-chip-eating thief!"), and the story rolls along nicely.

Used car salesman Jay Austin makes a perfect modern Ebenezer Scrooge type, a dishonest and ruthless businessman. His life (both business and private) starts crashing down, and he cries out to God for forgiveness and help. His revival seems rushed in the story, but it's believable. But it's not just his personal epiphany and the changing of his ways that this story focuses on, it's the result of that change. The dishonest employees of Austin who do not change, make a great counterpoint between his past and present behavior. A couple of plot twists near the end can be seen coming from a mile away, but that doesn't really hurt the film.

Certainly there's a moral, and the movie succeeds at presenting food for thought. It makes for a good rental.

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