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Keep the faith. Steal the rest.
Durell and LeeJohn are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When told they have one week to pay a $17,000 debt or Durell will lose his son, they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. Instead, they end up spending the night in the presence of the Lord and are forced to deal with much more than they bargained for. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ice Cube ... Durell

Katt Williams ... Rickey

Tracy Morgan ... LeeJohn

Loretta Devine ... Sister Doris

Michael Beach ... Deacon

Keith David ... Judge B. Bennet Galloway

Regina Hall ... Omunique

Malinda Williams ... Tianna

Chi McBride ... Pastor Arthur Mitchell

Clifton Powell ... Officer Eddie King

Nicholas Turturro ... Officer D'Agostino

Olivia Cole ... Momma T
Red Grant ... Harold

C.J. Sanders ... Durell Jr.

Rickey Smiley ... Bernice Jenkins

Arjay Smith ... Preston
Kim Staunton ... Public Defender
Sterling Ardrey ... Timmy (as Sterling D. Ardrey)
Gerry Black ... Mr. Wally

Joy Brunson ... Choir Member 2

P.J. Byrne ... Assistant D.A.

Paul Campbell ... Blahka
Melanie Comarcho ... Waitress
Bashirrah Creswell ... Choir Member 3
Antwone Dickey ... Pirate

Starletta DuPois ... Grandmother

Roy Jackson ... Boyfriend
Patricia Mikel ... Sister Baker
Byron Blu Mitchell ... Choir Member 1
Aya Nagasaki ... Massage Attendant
Reynaldo Rey ... Soul Joe

Martell Robinson ... Mordecai

Tiffany Pollard ... Omunique's Client

Retta ... Roberta
Kurt Carr ... Choir Band
Nathaniel Kearney Jr. ... Choir Band
Timothy P. Mason ... Choir Band
Sheryl Harper ... Choir Band
Vernon Keith Allen ... Choir
Jackie Brown ... Choir
Troy Clark ... Choir
David Daughtry ... Choir
Kesha Ealy ... Choir
Janet Fuller ... Choir
Chara Hammonds ... Choir
Melody Hess ... Choir
Frank Ingram ... Choir
Patricia Johnson ... Choir
Carolyn Johnson-White ... Choir
Helen Jones ... Choir
Shanika Leeks ... Choir
Rodney Matthews ... Choir
Margarette Miller ... Choir
James Neuble ... Choir
Aseneth Parker ... Choir
Nicoe Potts ... Choir
Kecia Sanders ... Choir
Koda Turner ... Choir
Andre Washington ... Choir
Rodney Washington ... Choir
Otha White ... Choir
Rachel Whitlow ... Choir
Linda Willis ... Choir
Brandon Winbush ... Choir
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Abernathy ... Church Member (uncredited)
Kristin J. Hooper ... Hot Girl (uncredited)

Diondre Jones ... Restaurant customer (uncredited)
Ren'a Matthews ... Church Member (uncredited)

Sydelle Noel ... Hot Girl #2 (uncredited)
Steve Turner ... Homeless Drunk (uncredited)

Directed by
David E. Talbert 
Writing credits
David E. Talbert (written by)

Produced by
Matt Alvarez .... producer
Stacy Cramer .... executive producer (as Stacy Kolker Cramer)
Ice Cube .... producer
Trae Ireland .... co-producer
Neil A. Machlis .... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Jessica McCullagh .... associate producer
David McIlvain .... producer
Ronald G. Muhammad .... executive producer (as Ronald Muhammad)
Tim Story .... producer
David E. Talbert .... producer
Julie Yorn .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stanley Clarke 
Cinematography by
Alan Caso (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeffrey Wolf 
Casting by
Kim Coleman  (as Kim Taylor-Coleman)
Kimberly Hardin  (as Kim Hardin)
Production Design by
Dina Lipton 
Art Direction by
Robert Strohmaier 
Set Decoration by
Halina Siwolop 
Costume Design by
Gersha Phillips 
Makeup Department
Tena Austin .... makeup artist: second unit
John JayBee Bivins .... barber (as John H. Bivins III)
Martha Callender .... makeup artist
Debra Denson .... makeup artist: Ice Cube
Jason Green .... hair stylist
Andrea Jackson .... hair stylist: second unit
Jasmine Kimble .... hair department head
Bret Mayo .... hair stylist
Cole Paterson .... makeup artist
Cole Patterson .... makeup artist
Beverly Jo Pryor .... makeup department head
Judy Twine .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Craig Cannold .... production supervisor
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager (as Neil Machlis)
Nick Phillips .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director
Lynne Martin .... second second assistant director
Basti Van Der Woude .... second assistant director
Eddie L. Watkins .... second unit director
Phil DeSanti .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
William Eliscu .... graphic designer
Susan Frontiera .... construction estimator
Stephen Gibson .... assistant property master
L. David Gordon .... drapery foreman
Eric A. Hulett .... set dec buyer
Vinson Jae .... stand-by painter
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... property master (as Jeff Johnson)
Scott Kitchen .... propmaker
Robert Kropfl .... location foreman
Tim Lehman .... location painter
Michael C. Magno .... set dresser
Desma Murphy .... assistant art director
Trevor A. Rudolph .... set dresser (as Trevor Rudolph)
Tomas Sallvin .... construction coordinator
John Sweeney .... assistant property master
Viva Wang .... set designer
Randy Molique .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Mark Agostino .... pro tools operator
Walter Anderson .... production sound mixer
Bill W. Benton .... supervising sound mixer
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Anita Cannella .... foley artist
John Chalfant .... sound designer
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor
Gloria D'Alessandro .... adr editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Amy Kane .... foley artist
Lisa J. Levine .... adr supervisor
Mike Marino .... foley mixer
Anthony M. McCovey .... second boom operator
Daniel Pagan .... foley editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Douglas Shamburger .... boom operator
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Susan Ham .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Clarke .... special effects technician
Guy C. Feldman .... special effects technician (as Guy Feldman)
Jeff Ogg .... special effects technician
Dennis Petersen .... special effects coordinator
Garth Steinheimer .... special effects technician
Parry Willard .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Sean Amlaner .... digital compositor: Zoic Studios
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects producer
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios
Sean Coonce .... digital compositor: Zoic Studios
Andreas Jablonka .... digital compositor: Zoic Studios
Rocco Passionino .... visual effects supervisor
Bethany Pederson Onstad .... digital artist (as Bethany Pederson)
Dawrath Phoue .... rotoscope artist: Zoic Studios
R. Matt Smith .... digital compositor
Sean Tompkins .... visual effects coordinator
LaFaye Baker .... stunt co-coordinator
Jwaundace Candece .... stunt driver
Eugene Collier .... stunts
Calvin Harrison .... stunt driver
Toby Holguin .... stunt double: Nicholas Turturro
Rashon Khan .... stunts
Horace Knight .... stunts
Ed McDermott II .... precision driver
Len Richard .... stunt double
Von L. Roddy .... stunts (as Von Roddy)
Marcus Salgado .... stunt performer
Lee Simpson .... stunts
Eddie L. Watkins .... stunt coordinator (as Eddie Watkins)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Adcock .... camera operator: "b" camera
Cedric Bonier .... electrician (2007)
George M. Chappell .... rigging electric
Matthew Coleman .... set lighting technician
James F. Cornick .... rigging electric best boy
Fernando Espiritusanto .... balloon light technician
John C. Flinn IV .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as John Flinn IV)
Lamarr Gray .... rigging gaffer
Geoffrey Haley .... Steadicam operator
Geoffrey Haley .... camera operator: "a" camera
Gerald Harris .... rigging best boy
Tracy Keele .... grip
Kevin Kennedy .... key grip
Frank Klepadlo .... key rigging grip
Richard Kuhn .... dolly grip
Ryan Louden .... best boy grip
Richard Maxey .... dolly grip (as Rick Maxey)
Thomas McGough .... electrician
Johnny Medeiros .... key video assist engineer
Brian Giuseppe Morena .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Brian Morena)
Yen P. Nguyen .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Yen Nguyen)
Peter Norkus .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Nick Pomerleau .... lighting technician
Mark Reeves .... assistant chief lighting technician
Tony Rivetti Jr. .... still photographer
Vince Rodriguez .... rigging key grip
Roger Sassen .... chief lighting technician
Jeff Snyder .... video assist operator
Kees Van Oostrum .... director of photography: second unit
Joseph Wickner .... camera loader (as Joe Wickner)
Casting Department
Kyle Burch .... extras casting assistant
Dawn Marie Deibert .... extras casting
Kimberly Hardin .... additional casting (as Kim Hardin)
Eve Streger .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annalisa Adams .... costumer
Mina Amirzai .... background costumer
Jean Bone .... costumer
Nancy Ceo .... costume supervisor (as Nancea Ceo)
Sean Haley .... costumer
Jacqueline Kahn .... costumer
Michelle Margolis .... costumer
Elaine McGhee .... costumer
Aaron Millsap .... costumer
Delerna Moore .... key costumer
Dalhia Schuette .... costumer
Dalhia Schuette .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Pete Conlin .... post production
Jason Ellena .... post-production assistant
Scott Gregory .... digital film colorist
Jonathan Hoffman .... post production
Kristine McPherson .... first assistant editor
Harry Muller .... color timer
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital intermediate producer
Lorena Talpan .... post-production assistant
Darin Wooldridge .... additional digital colorist: Technicolor
Kay Sievert .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Spring Aspers .... music supervisor
Todd Bozung .... music editor
Kurt Carr .... choir consultant
Ryan Gaines .... music coordinator
Robert Johnson .... music consultant
David Kitay .... composer: additional music
Pilar McCurry .... music supervisor
Marcus Miller .... composer: cues and themes
Transportation Department
Garner Humphrey .... driver
William R. Peck .... driver
John 'J.P.' Pratt .... transportation captain
Brian Stackhouse .... driver
Other crew
David Black .... production assistant
Luis Bonachea .... production assistant
Jules Carideo .... production coordinator
Patrick Chisholm .... assistant location manager
Alan Coombs .... Laborer foreman
Aaron Criswell .... assistant: Ms. Yorn
Ron J. DeGuzman .... production assistant
Rob Frohling .... assistant: Mr. Alvarez
Justin George .... assistant to director
Justin George .... production secretary
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Patrick Hernandez .... production assistant
De' Leon Howard III .... stand-in: male utility
Iwona Kanclerz .... script supervisor
Jamie Kemp .... chef
Shelley Kirkwood .... unit publicist
Nancy Leiviska .... assistant: Ice Cube
Faleshia Lo .... second assistant accountant
Gabe Morley .... computer/video playback operator
Cory C. Myler .... assistant production coordinator (as Cory Myler)
Michael Neal .... payroll accountant
Nguyen Orange .... assistant: Mr. Story
Paul Pawlowski .... post-production accountant
Ramona Perez .... assistant accountant
Danielle Porter .... assistant: Mr. Talbert
Santos P. Rodriguez .... cook
Will Ruvalcaba .... key assistant location manager
Katie Schorling .... assistant: Mr. Machlis
Carolyn Schultz .... assistant location manager
Michael Serrano .... additional set production assistant
Davida Smith .... assistant: Mr. McIlvain
Marilyn Tasso .... production accountant
Jan-Willem van der Vaart .... production assistant
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Arian Simone Reed .... publicity consultant (uncredited)
Zachary E. Carey .... special thanks (as Pastor Zachary E. Carey)
Vincent Negron .... special thanks (as Pastor Vincent Negron)
Aundrae Russell .... special thanks
Maurice Wilkinson .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references
USA:96 min
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Film prints were delivered to theaters under the codename "Bad to Worse".See more »
Continuity: In the first church scene, when the choir finishes singing the spiritual, there is a wide shot of the church congregation. Most of the congregation located within the middle pews can be clearly seen giving a standing ovation. There is a cutaway to Durell and LeeJohn in which most of the congregation located within the middle pews are sitting or beginning to sit. After the cutaway the scene returns to same wide shot of the congregation. Most of the congregation located within the middle pews are still standing and only now are beginning to sit.See more »
Durell:You need to worry about getting your hair burnt.
Omunique's Client:You need to be worrying about burning yourself out a job.
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51 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
First Sunday felt like a whole week., 12 January 2008
Author: Zygrot24 from United States

2 out of 10.

What can I say? I didn't expect much walking in. Can you blame me? Did you see the trailer? You know a comedic trailer is unfunny when the funniest thing in it is the studio logo at the beginning and that wasn't funny. This debacle stars "multi-talented" act-rapper Ice Cube whose career started melting after Barbershop 2. Ice Cube doesn't even try to be funny nor does he have anything funny to do or say. Why is this guy even in comedies or movies for that matter? The comedy revolution of a plot consists of two losers trying to get rich quick. That is what the plot boils down to. Ice Cube's character wants to prove to his son that he is not a loser and Tracy Morgan's character wants to prove to the audience that he belongs in this movie. Neither of them are believable. The writer/director *Insert black writer/director's name here* tries to add dramatic elements to a humorless comedy script and fails just as much as he was trying to add jokes.

There is something in this movie about the 2 main characters trying to rob a church and realizing that the money in the church is already stolen, but I was too distracted by the idea that someone actually green lighted this script. First off, is it even an interesting idea to rob a church? I guess the writer figured that banks stopped carrying money. Secondly, who the hell thinks Katt Williams's one liners in this film were funny? The director kept cutting to him as if he said the most uproarious thing since Stephen Hawking yodeled Green Eggs and Ham. You know a comedy is bad when they go to one character for comic relief...IN A COMEDY!!! This movie tries way too hard to have many sentimental and redeeming moments wishing for you to stand up and cheer. But such "redeeming" moments as Ice Cube hugging his movie offspring and Tracy Morgan feeling as he belongs in society felt as if they were added as a last minute script revision because the comedy wasn't working. The hilarity of this movie consists of Tracy Morgan getting a massage from a badly dubbed transvestite. It also includes "pimped out" wheelchairs because a wheelchair with hot chrome rims equals comedy gold. By the way, those wheelchairs are mentioned more times in this movie than Jesus Christ in the Bible.

First (and hopefully the last) Sunday isn't the worst movie ever made. It's not as awful as other urban comedies like Who's Your Caddy? or anything with Mike Epps. First Sunday is by far no Epic Movie (which is definitely a 0 out of 500) but it is clearly a waste of time. Not only for the audience but for the people involved in making it. It adds nothing new and it insults the audience's intelligence many times. I was going to list a bunch of movies that are funnier than First Sunday but after listing Schindler's List, Citizen Kane, and March of the Penguins I got tired. So in conclusion, save your time, save your life, and most importantly save your money. If you save your money that will most likely prevent a Second Sunday.

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