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Forgiving the Franklins (2006)

A conservative, God fearing Southern family is spiritually changed by an auto accident, but who they become puts them at odds with the highly conservative values around them.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Franklin
Frank Franklin
Caroline Franklin (as Aviva)
Brian Franklin
Peggy Lester
Pop DaSilva ...
Zak Spears ...
Coach Caldwell (as Khris Scaramanga)
The Pastor
Junior Law Partner
Bob Savage ...
Senior Law Partner
Terry Leftgoff ...
Bert Lester
Erica Woodson ...
Station Attendant
Kimberly Price ...
Christian Parent's Association Leader
Tracy Berna ...
Christian Women's Group member
Suzanne Brown ...
Christian Parent's Association Woman


The Franklins are Bible belt Christians: Frank's a lawyer, Betty's a homemaker focused on her children and her church, Brian is a senior who plays football, his younger sister Caroline is a cheerleader who thinks she's fat, prays often, and is impatient with God. When the family is in a car crash, all but Caroline are in a coma during which they see Jesus who removes their inhibitions and their piety. Awake and refreshed, Frank, Betty, and Brian discover their sexuality, their independence from Sunday worship and formal prayer, and the ability to talk frankly. Caroline - and her godmother, Betty's best friend, Peggy - are horrified. Can Caroline be saved, and the Franklins forgiven? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They know not what they've done. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including a scene of aberrant intimacy, graphic nudity, frank dialogue and some language


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Release Date:

25 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was made without a film crew, as evidenced by the end credits. See more »


Betty Franklin: You don't know how these women are. You say you're gonna do something *for the church* and you don't do it, you might as well be a prostitute.
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References The Sopranos (1999) See more »

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16 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Forgiving the Franklins is the best film I have seen in years. The acting was fantastic..especially Mari Blackwell who was truly remarkable in the role of Peggy Lester. She brought Peggy to life with incredible skill and made her as real as my own next-door neighbor. I also enjoyed Robertson Dean in the role of the father... he is a true professional, and managed to pull off even the most intimate scenes with a rare grace. The performances by the entire cast were very good, excellent, in fact but Peggy's role as played by Blackwell made the movie. The cinematography was beautifully done throughout and was most impressive. The only criticism I have to offer is a slight weakness of the ending scenes, which were overly drawn out, repetitive and a bit too focused on the wrong character. I would have liked to see it end on a note of forgiveness....but spite of that slight flaw, it is very much worth the watching and applause for all involved in the making of it.

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