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To Save a Life -- When his childhood friend's life ends in tragedy, Jake Taylor decides to make sure that it never happens again.  Crossing social barriers, he befriends a loner, Johnny Garcia.  When Johnny's life quickly spirals out of control, will Jake have what it takes to stop him from the same tragic fate?
To Save a Life -- After a childhood friend's death, Jake Taylor, an all-star athlete must change his life - and sacrifice his dreams to save the lives of others.
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To Save a Life -- After a childhood friend's death, Jake Taylor, an all-star athlete must change his life - and sacrifice his dreams to save the lives of others.
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Release Date:
22 January 2010 (USA) See more »
Some people are just dying to be heard.
After a childhood friend's death, Jake Taylor, an all-star athlete must change his life - and sacrifice his dreams to save the lives of others. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Randy Wayne ... Jake Taylor

Deja Kreutzberg ... Amy Briggs

Joshua Weigel ... Chris Vaughn

Steven Crowder ... Doug Moore

D. David Morin ... Mark Rivers

Sean Michael Afable ... Jonny Garcia

Bubba Lewis ... Danny Rivers

Robert Bailey Jr. ... Roger Dawson

Kim Hidalgo ... Andrea Stevens

Arjay Smith ... Matt McQueen
Orin Mozon ... Billy

Lamont Thompson ... Clyde Williams

Trinity Scott Brown ... Kelsi (as Trinity Scott)

Janora McDuffie ... Cari Vaughn

Laura Black ... Pam Taylor

David Starzyk ... Glen Taylor

Monique Edwards ... Esther Dawson

Joseph Narducci ... Frank

Lori Rom ... Jan

Dee Baldus ... Mrs. Jones

Nicole Franco ... Church Woman
Lee Ann Kim ... Reporter
Christian Pike ... Young Roger
Jason Evans ... Young Jake
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Crisp ... Announcer
David Kasdan ... Church Man
Dawn Page ... Dawn

Directed by
Brian Baugh 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brian Baugh 
Jim Britts  written by

Produced by
Jim Britts .... producer
Scott Evans .... executive producer
Steve Foster .... producer
Nicole Franco .... producer
Christina Lee Storm .... co-producer
Original Music by
Tim Wynn  (as Timothy Michael Wynn)
Cinematography by
C. Clifford Jones 
Film Editing by
Dan O'Brien 
Sarah Sanders 
Casting by
Elizabeth Lang 
Production Design by
Rachel Britts 
Art Direction by
Sarah Sanders 
Costume Design by
Christi Cecil Stewart 
Makeup Department
Brandi Costa .... makeup artist
Spring Harn .... key makeup artist
Christina Robinz .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Nicole Franco .... post-production supervisor
Christina Lee Storm .... production manager (as Christina K.Y. Lee)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Blake Fawley .... second second assistant director
Rosie Roch .... second assistant director
Harold Uhl .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Sanders .... set designer
Christine Statzer .... props
Sound Department
Julie Altus .... adr mixer
Jessie Coblentz .... sound assistant
Romain Drouillon .... french dubbing mixer
Darlene Gorzela .... additional audio
Zachary Kahl .... boom operator
Craig Mann .... sound re-recording mixer
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Mickey McMullen .... sound mixer
Dror Mohar .... sound editor
Jamie Ritharom-Umbras .... adr editor
Becky Sullivan .... supervising sound editor
Ben Wilkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeremy Fry .... stunt coordinator
Robert 'Rock' Galotti .... stunt safety
Camera and Electrical Department
Tarek Albaba .... electrician
Dominic Bartolone .... first assistant camera
Kase Bowman .... grip
Greg Capp .... electrician
Colton Davie .... second assistant camera
Jameson Desantis .... first assistant camera
Brad Elsey .... grip
Jacob Fountain .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Josh Franer .... camera operator
Jeremy Grant .... electrician (as Jeremy M. Grant)
Christian Grosselfinger .... gaffer
Kevin Guild .... key grip
Nate Havens .... first assistant camera
Brandon Lippard .... camera operator
Chase Livengood .... gaffer
Jeffrey D. McCoy .... first assistant camera
Russ Miller .... first assistant camera
Kenny Niernberg .... first assistant camera
Doug Oh .... first assistant camera
Nick Ouellette .... first assistant camera
Chris Patterson .... electrician
John Christian Patterson .... best boy electric
Paul Pryor .... first assistant camera
Cameron Riddles .... first assistant camera
Michael Westby .... grip
Editorial Department
Tony Dustin .... digital film colorist
Kurt Smith .... uncredited
Dan Williams .... post-production assistant
Darin Wooldridge .... digital colorist
Elvis Ripley .... temp colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Sam Ashworth .... assistant to music supervisor
Louis Cole .... composer: additional music
Dave Lawrence .... music editor (as David Lawrence)
Christopher Lennertz .... music producer
Charlie Peacock .... music supervisor
Drew Silverstein .... composer: additional music
Drew Silverstein .... orchestrator
Andrew Skrabutenas .... music assistant
Jeff Vaughn .... music mixer
Jeff Vaughn .... music recordist
Nate Yetton .... assistant to music supervisor
Steve Stuck .... composer: behind-the-scenes music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jan Funchess .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Laura Aldridge .... production coordinator
Christiane Covington .... script supervisor
Steve Faber .... production assistant
Lisa Frost .... publicity coordinator
Ashley Gulden .... production assistant
Seth Himes .... behind the scenes director
Charlie Holden-Corbett .... production coordinator
Kayla Holst .... production assistant
Drew Jonathan Lawson .... key set production assistant
Jim Melrose .... jack-of-all-trades supervisor
Darren Moorman .... production consultant
Mitch Narte .... production assistant
Chris Roberts .... assistant production coordinator
Bobby Taylor .... production assistant
Eric Vasiliades .... website developer
Mary Ann Clark .... production assistant (uncredited)
Brian Bird .... special thanks
Christiane Covington .... in loving memory of

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen suicide, teen drinking, some drug content, disturbing images and sexuality
USA:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #45637)
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The scene when Jake wins the basketball game was done in a single take.See more »
[first lines]
Chris Vaughn:Today we come together to remember the life of Roger Andrew Dawson. Although we know he had so much life left in him, we thank God for the 17 years he did have.
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Hero (So Wake Up)See more »


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59 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Authentic, 23 January 2010
Author: reduxinflux-1 from Orange County, CA

Listen - although I understand the passion behind this movie, I'm not going to sing uncritical praises as some have. It has flaws but it's also not as bad as the weighted user rating suggests (at the time I wrote this review, it was hovering around a 4.6) However, after viewing it tonight, I would not say this movie is for the public at large (thus the undeserved 1 star ratings its garnered - which I believe is more a rejection of the worldview espoused by the film than an authentic impression of the movie itself).

Although I contest the sincerity of the low ratings, I think I know why: To Save A Life is produced by a church and it feels like it. Primarily - it's a film exhorting Christians to BE followers of Jesus rather than passive egocentric judgmental consumers. Secondarily - it's a powerful listening ear to the hurt, depressed and marginalized among us who may feel invisible to the cold world around them. It also empathizes with those who wrestle with fundamental questions of purpose and meaning. Where I appreciated this about the movie, I'm not too sure how well its narrative will translate to disinterested audiences. It might come across cliché or as religiously charged melodramatic propaganda. And I wouldn't blame anyone for feeling this way. Regardless, you can't go into a horror movie and expect a comedy. Know what to expect: It's a Christian movie.

That being said, for what it is (and what it was intended to be) my wife and I both thought it was solid. Narratively and artistically. Our 17 year old cousin Nathan agreed. I'm 30 and my wife is 29 so we're not too far removed from the high school experience ourselves. As Christians, we all found the story very authentic. The characters followed natural paths and the emotion captured never felt disingenuous. Dialogue can be tricky - and save a few perfectly-timed cliché moments and pedestrian deliveries, it was engaging and believable. We also appreciated the humility of Jim Britts writing - self-indicting the Church as a major contributor to the pain its trying to heal was both surprising and refreshing.

Also, this may sound lame, but I went in with the preconceived notion that this would be another 'rich white person' saves 'poor disenfranchised minority' movie. Ironic - I'm white - but for whatever reason, it's something I've noticed in movies and television lately and it's been bothering me. But To Save A Life isn't like that. When I saw the trailer, I almost wrote it off, thinking it would just carry the torch. Angry black dude kills himself. Stud white dude saves the day. I was pleased to be proved wrong as minorities play prominent positive roles in this movie and its not the rich white kid who rides off into the sunset as hero as you might have reasonably assumed. Turns out - dude needs saving too.

On a technical note, as someone who loves film (context - my favorites include Godfather, John Hillcoat's The Road, PT Anderson's Magnolia, American Beauty, Children of Men, Fight Club) I'm always mindful of the cinematography, editing, etc. I especially pay attention in Christian films - which are typically inept. But not so here. The crew should be proud.

No matter what harsh criticisms will eventually befall To Save A Life (there will be plenty), this movie exists for people who need to know they're not alone. Leaders and outcasts. The churched and unchurched. We all need saving.


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