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We’ve already had faith-based dramas involving baseball (“Where Hope Grows”), football (“Woodlawn,” “Facing the Giants”), boxing (“Carman: The Champion”) and even competitive skateboarding (“Hardflip”), so it probably was only a matter of time before someone offered us a mashup of Bible-thumping and butt-whipping like “The Fight Within,” a dutifully sincere but ponderously predictable drama about a young mixed martial arts fighter who returns to the cage after a self-imposed sabbatical because somebody up there likes him. Actually, the guy has other good reasons for brawling again after being born again — he needs to help his brother pay the bills at their family gym and wants to smite a nasty opponent who has threatened his sweetheart. But the film is filled with so many admonitions to follow God’s heed, and play your role in His grand plan, that there’s never any real doubt here about what the main event is, »
- Joe Leydon
The distributor has taken the unusual step of acquiring worldwide rights to J.D. Scott’s sports drama.
Samuel Goldwyn Films will release Spirit Of The Game theatrically in partnership with Purdie Distribution on October 7.
The 1950s-set tale tells the true story of a group of young missionaries who travel to Australia to spread the gospel and wind up helping the fledgling national basketball team as it prepares for the 1956 Olympic Games. Kevin Sorbo stars.
“We could not be more excited about releasing Spirit Of The Game with Purdie Distribution,” said Peter Goldwyn, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films. “This is an inspiring sports drama which showcases the compatibility of faith and competition.”
Goldwyn released sports film Facing The Giants, which grossed more than $10m.
“This is a bold film about big ideas and depicts an amazing true story that has never been told before,” said Brandon Purdie, founder of Purdie Distribution. “Spirit Of The »
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Risen is a modest but engaging riff on the old post-crucifixion Easter legend as told through the eyes of a non-believer. In 33 Ad Jerusalem, Roman occupiers are under threat of a Jewish uprising. The Jews claim a Nazarene named Yeshua (aka Jesus – played by Clifton Curtis) is the Messiah, so Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) promptly has him crucified, then orders Roman officer Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) to witness the execution and help dispose of the body. Three days later Jesus’ corpse has vanished from its cave tomb, though the entrance was blocked with a boulder and watched by guards. Pilate orders Clavius and Lucius (Tom Felton), to find Jesus and his disciples at all costs, for fear that if they don’t quickly produce a corpse, the Jews will rise up. Thus begins a manhunt of biblical proportions.
Risen is the latest Christian-friendly production from (now Sony-owned) Affirm Films, which has »
- Tom Stockman
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