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The 23rd Psalm (2007)

An evolving, empathetic, African-American, police detective, unconsciously channels his intuition to transcend his shortcomings and unravel the enigmatic murder of a transformed prostitute.
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Credited cast:
Harrold, the Coroner
Darrick Collins ...
William 'Wil' Freeman (as Derrick Collins)
Gary Douglas ...
Police Detective
Pastor Dennis Luther (as Mister Jones)
Maieka Saint-Albin ...
Niambi Sims ...
Dr. Najuma Johnson
Detective John Smith
Jessie (as Arnita Champion)


Set amongst the urban decay and unfettered angst of Los Angeles, Police Detective John Smith battles alcoholism and cynicism. Going about his daily routine, initially John remains complacent over a seemingly ordinary prostitute murder. But when John's intuition awakens, he experiences revealing visions about the victim and her murder. John must conquer his vices and overcome his skepticism to embrace intuition, question the unusual suspects, and allow his visions to illuminate the truth. A smartly written, modern day, metaphysical tale with a "surprise" ending, THE 23RD PSALM ushers in a new generation of urban transcendental cinema. Blending the structure and character relationships of Akira Kurosawa's RASHÔMON and Orson Welles CITIZEN KANE, THE 23RD PSALM is an evolved exegesis of the human psyche and the nature of man. Written by Christopher C. Odom

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19 April 2011 (USA)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)


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1.78 : 1
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Arnita Epps- Wood is a former world-class track star. See more »


Followed by 23rd Psalm: Redemption (2011) See more »

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Gripping from beginning to end.
13 March 2007 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

It's great to see a film that is driven by the basics. A good story, good acting, and good direction. This films has all three and a whole lot more. It's not hard to feel yourself in the main characters shore because you are wondering the same thing he is. WHO DID IT? (In my opinion that lends itself to good/smart writing- it's leaves it almost impossible for the audience NOT to identify with the protagonist.) Halfway throughout the film I tough I had figured it out... In the end I was wrong. Visually rich with a soundtrack the immediately establishes a character of it's own. I was surprised, impressed and moved by this film. If you've looking for a good film to see... If you're looking for a film with a great gospel soundtrack... If you've ever been to church.... take the time to see this movie.

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