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The Gospel (2005)

PG | | Drama, Music | 7 October 2005 (USA)
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This is a story about a successful young R&B singer that has an unlikely homecoming when his father, the bishop, becomes ill.

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David Taylor
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Reverend Charles Frank
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Charlene Taylor Frank
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Bishop Fred Taylor
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Ernestine
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Minister Hunter
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Rain Walker
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Maya Walker
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Young David
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Brother Gordon
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A young singer turns his back on God and his father's church when tragedy strikes. He returns years later to find the once powerful congregation in disarray. With his childhood friend creating a "new vision" for the church, he is forced to deal with family turmoil, career suicide, and relationship issues that send him on a collision course with redemption or destruction. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for thematic elements including suggestive material, and mild language | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,523,571 (USA) (7 October 2005)

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$15,778,152 (USA) (18 November 2005)
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Charlene Frank: You're amazing. You quote scripture better than anybody I know. You know the Bible backwards and forwards. But you have no clue... no clue. You need Jesus, Frank. You need Jesus.
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Spin-off The Gospel Live Concert (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Awesome God (He Reigns)
Written by Rich Mullins and Kirk Franklin
Performed by Charles Butler with Keith Wilson Choir
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18 October 2005 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This was by no means an outstanding movie, and if I didn't feel some professional obligation to see it (I'm a pastor) I probably would have passed. But then I would have missed out on a solid film telling a compelling story with some fine acting and even better music.

Yes, many of the characters are two-dimensional, and yes, the plot is predictable. But that's because it's telling an old, old story. Within that old, old story a variety of subplots bring up real-life issues in families, workplaces, churches...and excuses to bring on some very fine black gospel music (as well as gospel adaptations of popular "white" tunes).

I'm not a pastor in the black church, so I can't speak to the back rooms of that culture, but I can say that most pastors of whatever stripe do face the lure to "bigger and better," whether it be budget or attendance or campus acreage or book sales or conference registrations. And the wives of pastors face the constant challenge of being both honest and supportive, without losing their own integrity in what's a very difficult environment.

I would definitely recommend this film; for all its shortcomings it is a powerful piece.


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