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Salvation Boulevard -- A former Deadhead-turned-born-again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.
Salvation Boulevard -- Former Deadhead Carl Vanderveer finds himself framed for murder by his town's beloved pastor (Pierce Brosnan), who accidentally shot his ideological rival, Dr. Paul Blaylock (Ed Harris).


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For Carl, salvation turned out to be a tight squeeze!
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Jennifer Connelly ... Gwen Vandermeer

Greg Kinnear ... Carl Vandermeer

Pierce Brosnan ... Dan Day

Ed Harris ... Peter Blaylock

Jan Radcliff ... Moderator

Ciarán Hinds ... Jim Hunt

Jim Gaffigan ... Jerry Hobson

Marisa Tomei ... Honey Foster

Isabelle Fuhrman ... Angie Vandermeer

Mary Callaghan Lynch ... Bedelia Hobson

Cree Kelly ... Tabitha (as Christine Kelly)

Randy Ryan ... Duane the AV Guy

Mike Eshaq ... Ahmad the Security Guard
Julia Glander ... Protest Leader
Michael Maurice ... Officer Bill Peale
Satori Shakoor ... Cop
John Hawkinson ... Cop

Ele Bardha ... Officer Jensen
Garrett Fuller ... Todd the Sunday School Teacher
Bianca Binno ... Lara Guzman de Vaca

Yul Vazquez ... Jorge Guzman de Vaca

Josh Carrizales ... Jorge's Guard (as Joshua Carrizales)
Sylvia Checkler ... Jorge's Housekeeper
Darla Hernandez ... Jogger
David Lewallen ... TV Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wendy Aaron ... Protester (uncredited)
Christina M. Bender ... Church Goer (uncredited)

Linda Boston ... Orderly (uncredited)
Steven Campbell ... Father at Purity Ball (uncredited)
Patrick Caporuscio ... Ralph Sword Holder (uncredited)
Ron Causey ... New Millenium Attendee (uncredited)
John P. Chittick ... Church Ground Breaking Patron (uncredited)

Cindy Chu ... Alisa (uncredited)

Scott Crouch ... Protestor (uncredited)
John Dickerson ... New Millenium Attendee (uncredited)

Johnny Flynn ... Church Member (uncredited)
Nesti Gee ... Cop (uncredited)
Steven Hauptman ... Church Patron (uncredited)

Sidi Henderson ... Megachurch Band Singer (uncredited)
Mathew Jadan ... Church Goer (uncredited)

Anne Keeble ... Mrs.Day (uncredited)
Chameria Law ... Church Member (uncredited)
Bryan Matti ... Church Goer (uncredited)
Curtis Matzke ... Student (uncredited)
Joshua McCarthy ... Church Crowd (uncredited)

Jessica McLarty ... Church Member (uncredited)
Ralph H. Meyer ... Ground Breaking Attendee (uncredited)

Nancy Lynette Parker ... Parent (uncredited)

Matt Philliben ... Paramedic #1 (uncredited)
Debra Port ... Victoria Day (uncredited)

Todd Rader ... Church Goer (uncredited)
Nicholas Ritz ... Church Goer (uncredited)
David Ross Jr. ... Church Goer (uncredited)
Sean Scarlett ... Orderly (uncredited)

Christian Schulte ... Medic (uncredited)

Pamela Shaw ... Lindsay Moll (uncredited)
Eric Tuchelske ... Church Goer (uncredited)

Directed by
George Ratliff 
Writing credits
Douglas Stone (screenplay) (as Doug Max Stone) &
George Ratliff (screenplay)

Larry Beinhart (novel)

Produced by
Michael Bassick .... executive producer
James Belfer .... co-producer
Gordon Bijelonic .... co-producer
Tom Conigliaro .... co-producer
Donald Fox .... co-producer
Jerry Fruchtman .... co-executive producer
Peter Fruchtman .... producer
Gary Hamilton .... executive producer
Neil Katz .... co-producer
Scarlett Lacey .... executive producer
Cynthia Lagow .... co-producer (as Cynthia Coury)
Eric Nyari .... co-producer
Peter Pastorelli .... line producer
Celine Rattray .... producer
Ben Ringle .... co-producer
Rene Rofe .... co-executive producer
Sari Rubin .... co-executive producer
Andy Sawyer .... co-producer
Cathy Schulman .... producer
Mike Shevell .... co-executive producer
Nick Simunek .... executive producer
Victor Syrmis .... executive producer
Datari Turner .... co-producer
Bob Weissman .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr 
Film Editing by
Michael LaHaie 
Production Design by
Clark Hunter 
Art Direction by
Helen Harwell 
Set Decoration by
Traci Kirshbaum 
Costume Design by
Lynn Falconer 
Makeup Department
Brian Abbott .... key makeup artist
Kymbra Callaghan .... makeup department head
Lauri Cuppetilli .... makeup artist
Kevin J Edwards .... additional hair stylist
Emanuel Millar .... hair department head
Jennifer Syts .... key hair stylist
John Tarro .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Michelle Hastings .... executive in charge of production
Don J. Hug .... production supervisor: additional photography
Marshall Johnson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Donald Bryant .... second second assistant director
Sheri Davani .... first assistant director
Kamen Velkovsky .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gary Arnett .... graphic designer
Justin Ayers .... prop maker
Michele Campbell .... assistant art department coordinator
Sean Clouser .... construction
Joseph Corvaia .... construction coordinator
Becky Herron .... art department coordinator
Judith Ivanyi .... painter
Nancy Janosi .... set decoration buyer
John Kinsora .... prop maker
Kate J. Kogelman .... lead scenic
Ben Lewis .... property master
Vikki M. Magdich .... construction assistant
Keith Allan Miller .... gang boss
Sharon Roggio .... assistant property
Carl F. Shuffett .... leadman
Sound Department
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Leslie Bloom)
Kevin Bowe .... boom operator
Dann Fink .... adr loop group director
Sean Garnhart .... sound editor
Ben Greaves .... additional boom operator
Eric Milano .... adr editor
Eric Milano .... dialogue editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Tom Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Paul .... supervising sound editor
Michael Piotrowski .... sound mixer: additional
Carl Shillito .... foley engineer
Jerry Stein .... sound mixer
Steven Tollen .... sound executive producer
Ryan D. Young .... adr mixer
Special Effects by
Jeffrey S. Farley .... special effects makeup
Dean Tyrrell .... special effects foreman
Robert Tyrrell .... special effects coordinator
Russell Tyrrell .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Andre Basso .... digital artist
Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects producer
Luis de Leon .... visual effects supervisor
Luciano DiGeronimo .... digital compositor
Luke DiTommaso .... visual effects supervisor
Mark Scott Friedman .... digital compositor
Chris Healer .... visual effects supervisor
Euna Kho .... digital compositor
Franz Kol .... digital compositor
Lenz Kol .... digital compositor
Ted Markovic .... visual effects producer
Adam Schwartz .... digital compositor
Jesse Spielman .... digital compositor
Markus White .... digital compositor
Ele Bardha .... stunt driver
Phil Dugas .... stunts
Craig Gubert .... stunt double
Peter Malota .... stunt coordinator
Dean Mumford .... stunt performer
Danny Ray Cook .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Barrett .... additional photographer
Zachary Blosser .... camera production assistant
Jonathon Bradley .... chief lighting technican
Jim Buford .... electrician
Tiffany Burns .... grip
Russell Caldwell .... gaffer: additional photography
Beau Chaput .... camera operator: 'b' camera
Matthew Coleman .... best boy electric
Tom Cornell .... grip
Nick Cutway .... second assistant camera: additional
David Dalton .... grip
Ronald K. De torres .... set lighting technician
Stephen Early .... film loader
Brent Egan .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Timothy Gates .... camera crane technician
Melissa Guimaraes .... key grip
Mike Hampton .... video assist operator
Rob Harlow .... best boy grip
Lawrence Henning .... crane technician
Robert B. Henning .... crane operator
Gregg Horvath .... first assistant camera
Jody Huellmantel .... epk camera operator
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
John C. Johnson .... b dolly grip
Brian Kelly .... rigging electric
Kenny Kondratko .... grip
Joe Layson .... rigging electrician
Daniel S. Noga .... additional camera operator
Joseph Paolini .... a dolly grip
Matthew A. Petrosky .... camera operator: "a" camera
Matthew A. Petrosky .... steadicam operator
Mark Preston .... still photographer
Patrick Redmond .... libra head technician
Trevor Rios .... second assistant camera
Chris Ritter .... rigging gaffer
Jim Rogers .... set grip
Jeremy Schroeder .... key rigging grip
John Wendling .... electrician
Edward Young .... grip
Casting Department
Kathy Mooney .... casting director: Michigan
Janet Pound .... casting director: Michigan
Kathy Remski .... extras casting
Bruce Winant .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gerald Blakeslee .... wardrobe intern
Zoe Brown .... wardrobe intern
Kathleen Felix-Hager .... costume supervisor
Rachel Greene .... costume supervisor
Hannah Jacobs .... costume assistant
Lindsey Kear .... assistant costume designer
Jessica Anne Lee .... wardrobe assistant
Erika Lilienthal .... assistant costume designer
Gina Nalli .... set costumer
Johnna Thomas .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Brooks Larsen .... assistant editor
Richard B. Molina .... assistant editor
Rob Randall .... colorist: dailies
Music Department
Mike Flicker .... supervising music editor
Matt Friedman .... music editor
Eric Milano .... music editor
Transportation Department
Rob Bailey .... driver: cast
Demond Dickerson .... driver
Sue Grasso .... driver
Jonathon Isom .... transportation captain
David B. Jackson .... driver: cast
Kurt Knudsen .... transportation coordinator
Ken Kupchick .... driver
David Labutte .... driver: hair/make-up/wardrobe truck
Other crew
Sara Andrews .... production assistant
Christopher Antone-Young .... assistant: Mr. Kinnear
Andrea M. Asaro .... first accountant
Roze Berisaj .... production secretary
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Richard 'Rick' Bobier .... stand-in for Howard Hesseman
Brendon Boutin .... production assistant
Zoe Brown .... production assistant
Ashley Bunge .... assistant location manager
David Burgis .... assistant to director
Eric Carlson .... craft service
Ashley Carr .... key set production assistant
Andrew Cesana .... script supervisor
Michael Coscia .... production coordinator: additional photography
John 'JR' Craigmile .... post accountant
Ted Demski .... production assistant
Russell DeVriendt .... location scout
Mary Dixon .... head animal wrangler
Brian D. Flynn .... location assistant/scout
Laura Forrest .... travel services provided by
Anthony Foster .... production assistant
Karin M. Gaarder .... assistant: Ms Tomei
Jessica Heemskerk .... office intern
Thanh Hoang .... production assistant
Greg Hollander .... locations intern
Connie Johnson .... location manager
Robert Jones .... assistant: Ciaran Hinds
Jared Kaufmann .... assistant: Mr. Brosnan
Jamie Klenk .... assistant to jennifer connelly
Cynthia Lagow .... assitant: Ed Harris (as Cynthia Coury)
John Lebert .... lizard wrangler
Stephen Lippross .... production accountant
Shayna MacLeod .... assistant location manager
Nic Marshall .... production executive
Glen McGee .... office production assistant
Kenneth Mercier .... location assistant
Rob Mies .... bats provided by
Tom Moisides .... location scout
Susan T. Parsons .... production coordinator
Caitlin Ringness .... location scout
Daniela Sawyer .... intern
Daniela Sawyer .... production intern
Daryl M. Simpson .... production assistant
Jeff Solano .... key set production assistant
Ian M. Stratford .... financial counsel
Susan A. Sullivan .... script supervisor (additional script supervisor)
Dawn Vezina .... bat wrangler
Dana Vreede .... production office assistant
Zach Warsavage .... production assistant
Geoff Wehner .... production assistant
John C. Wise .... production assistant
Brian Wooten .... production assistant
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Francis Smith .... armorer (uncredited)
Craig Eisenberg .... special thanks

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Rated R for some language, violence, drug material and brief sexual content
96 min
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Factual errors: Carl's father-in-law introduces himself as "Jim Hunt, Petty Chief U.S. Navy, retired." There is no such thing as a "Petty Chief" rank in any service. The correct Navy ranks are Chief Petty Officer, Senior Chief Petty Officer, or Master Chief Petty Officer.See more »
Peter Blaylock:Where does religion come from? It comes from fear. Belief in the supernatural arose to protect us from the frightening unknown. Whether it be volcanoes, thunder, lightning, earthquake, death, evil, somewhere along the line the supernatural became God, and the unknown became Satan.See more »
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24 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Some viewers will find Salvation Boulevard's over the top characterizations of delusional religious fanatics to be in poor taste, over viewers will be in for some laughs., 15 August 2011
Author: DemiRonin from United States

Salvation Boulevard is a star packed ensemble "dramedy" based loosely on Larry Beinhart's novel of the same title. Greg Kinnear plays Carl, a former "deadhead" (followers of the band Grateful Dead) who has settled into a nice quite life with his uptight and super religious wife Gwen, played by Jennifer Connelly. Gwen religiously attends the Church of the Third Millennium which is led by the charismatic Pastor Dan Day, played by Pierce Brosnan. Having enraptured the town with his holy message, Day sustains a small empire for himself made out of an adoring congregation that worships him like a prophet. With an ego of the size of Jesus' cross, Day aspires to build a "city upon a hill", a planned and private community, complete with a school and hospital. Not only will this provide a safe and convenient sanctuary for God's worshipers but as the chief developer of this colossal undertaking Day stands to make a healthy sum of money.

However, the meeting of renown atheist extraordinaire Dr. Paul Blaylock, played by Ed Harris, puts it all at risk. After a public philosophical debate, Blaylock and Pastor Day retire to Blaylock's office for a friendly nightcap. Carl tags along to the meeting as Day's newly evangelized prize. Here a genial discussion about a joint book venture turns awry when Day accidentally shoots Blaylock in the head with an antique pistol.

In a moment of panic, the Pastor disguises the incident as a suicide attempt with Carl in the room as seemingly the only witness to Day's deceit. Carl's life then spirals into disaster as not only do his wife and closest friends not believe his truthful story but there are others trying to kidnap and frame him.

Salvation Boulevard's story line has a similar feel to that of the Coen Brother's film The Big Lebowski [1998]. Like "the Dude" in The Big Lebowski, Carl plays a very passive protagonist who gets caught up in mortal danger through no fault of his own. He is seemingly moved from precarious situation to the next by all forces other than himself. Carl passivity is contrasted by the outrageous antics of the characters that surround him. Pierce Brosnan with his good looks, deep voice and smooth command of language personifies an excellent slimy and manipulative pastor. As Day's ego and paranoia grow throughout the film so does Brosnan's comedic affect as he literally starts to believe the devil is after him.

With such a wealth of idiosyncratic characters Salvation Boulevard was able to attract a large award winning cast, including Marisa Tomei who plays a free spirited security guard. Jennifer Connelly and Jim Gaffigan play Day's fanatical and easily persuaded followers. Some would say these characters are a cruel misrepresentation of the Evangelical community. They may have a point, but taking this comedic movie too personally deprives the viewer from finding all the comical religious Easter eggs in the film. One of which is a building with devilish horns on the roof where Carl is taken to by Day's zealots. The laughs in Salvation Boulevard are not gut busters but are subtlety sprinkled throughout the film.

On the down, this film has a less than satisfying ending and seems to end abruptly. The side characters don't get endings that are worthy over their performances. Instead they are given in the form of text. An extra ten minutes might have wrapped the film in a more imprinting manner. Salvation Boulevard is layered with jokes that lie not only in th dialogue and action but also in the art direction and cinematography, giving the film the rare quality of finding something new every time you watch it. Unfortunately, this film will probably go under appreciated as critics have slammed it for its obvious slant against Evangelical Christians. However, I have faith that in time Salvation Boulevard will find its audience, but they probably won't be as devoted as your average "deadhead".

7 out of 10

This Film is not for:

-People who don't find mocking religion funny

-People who have no interest in religion

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