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The Grace Card -- A veteran cop grieving the loss of his son is partnered with a rising star on the force who happens to be a part-time pastor. Can they somehow join forces to help one another when it's impossible for either of them to look past their differences -- especially the most obvious one?

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Writer:
Howard Klausner (written by)
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Release Date:
25 February 2011 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Never Underestimate The Power Of Grace ... See more »
Plot:
Everything can change in an instant...and take a lifetime to unravel. Every day, we have the opportunity to rebuild relationships by extending and receiving God's grace. Offer The Grace Card, and never underestimate the power of God's love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"The Grace Card" is a realistic but miraculous portrayal about loving people who don't deserve it, overcoming old wounds, and forgiveness. See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Michael Joiner ... Bill 'Mac' McDonald
Michael Higgenbottom ... Sam Wright
Joy Parmer Moore ... Sara McDonald

Louis Gossett Jr. ... George Wright
Dawntoya Thomason ... Debra Wright
Rob Erickson ... Blake McDonald
Kiana McDaniel ... Grace Wright
Taylor Ollins ... Emily Wright
Cindy Hodge ... Dr. Vines (as Cindy Holmes Hodge)
Chris Thomas ... Bob Childers
Brayden Negelein ... Tyler McDonald
Amisho Baraka ... Rand
Jessica Maharrey ... Jenny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Bradshaw ... Ken Newman
Alicia Burton ... Young Mother
Benjamin Cheng ... Ambulance Crowd
Megan Cheng ... School Girl
Olivia Cheng ... Ambulance Crowd
Wilkes Coleman ... Dr. Curry
Stephen Dervan ... Mitch Sanders
Chris Johnson ... Officer Bob Hunt
Chad Knorr ... Undercover Cop
Paul Moore ... Lt. Briggs
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Directed by
David G. Evans 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Howard Klausner  written by

Produced by
Timothy D. Brown .... associate producer
Lynn Holmes .... executive producer
Howard Klausner .... producer
John Nasraway .... producer
John R. Saunders .... producer
 
Cinematography by
John Paul Clark 
 
Film Editing by
Mark Pruett (editing by)
 
Casting by
Lisa Lax 
 
Production Design by
Darian Corley 
 
Costume Design by
Lisa Byrd Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Curry Bushnell .... makeup department head
Leslie Milne .... hair supervisor
 
Production Management
Justin Tolley .... unit production manager
Bill Wohlken .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Justin Tolley .... assistant director
 
Art Department
C. Michael Andrews .... graphic designer
Terry Byrd .... props
Ashley Danelz .... set dresser
Will E. Drummond .... property master
Kyle Prohaska .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
Andy Black .... sound mixer
Nathan Black .... sound mixer
Anita Cannella .... foley artist
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor
Jesse Dodd .... adr mixer (as Jesse K-D. Dodd)
Ronald Eng .... sound re-recording mixer
Ronald Eng .... supervising sound editor
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Shannon Pickett .... boom operator
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
 
Stunts
Chad Knorr .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryan Adams .... vtr operator
Cody Brown .... grip
Jordan Danelz .... gaffer
Sean Davis .... second assistant camera
Joel Diament .... best boy grip
Patrick Durkin .... key grip
Mark Legaspi .... first assistant camera
Lee Sumners .... best boy electric
 
Casting Department
David G. Evans .... executive in charge of casting
Lisa Lax .... casting
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Drapkin .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Other crew
Russ Anderson .... script supervisor
Shelly Gillette .... location manager
Mark Swain .... epk
Mary Tolley .... talent coach
 
Thanks
Perry Gibson .... special thanks
Sophia Livingston .... special thanks
Nathan Lux .... special thanks
Gisela Moore .... special thanks
Kyle Prohaska .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements
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USA:101 min
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Lead actor Michael Joiner lived and studied in LA for 10 long years and went on 350 auditions, landing 40 roles, before moving back to Kansas City,MO. Two months later he got the call to play the lead role in "The Grace Card"...with no audition.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Mac and Sam (of the Memphis Police Dept.) are called to investigate a situation on Exeter Rd. in Germantown; however, Germantown, as a municipality, has its own Police Department. Germantown would be out of jurisdiction for Memphis Police.See more »
Quotes:
George Wright's grandfather:I promise to pray for you every day, ask your forgiveness, grant you the same, and be your friend always.See more »

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30 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
"The Grace Card" is a realistic but miraculous portrayal about loving people who don't deserve it, overcoming old wounds, and forgiveness., 9 July 2010
Author: Error_PC_LOAD_LETTER from United States

Some will reject this movie from the offset because it is a Christian-themed movie, which is unfortunate. It portrays life as it really is, and the struggles we have with wrongs done to us in the past, and the profound moments of letting go, of grace and reconciliation and forgiveness.

Although we see God working through the hearts, actions, and circumstances of people, it is not one of those films that portrays this in a triumphal, miraculous, or unrealistic way.

It's the story of a Memphis cop, Bill "Mac" McDonald, who, 17 years prior, lost his 5-year-old son who was an innocent bystander when police were conducting a drug bust on their street. "Mac" turns inward and becomes very bitter, a racist and a perfectionist, straining relations with his wife and other son, and has an attitude problem which keeps him from getting promoted as a cop.

Seventeen years later, still deeply embittered and racist, Mac looses out on a promotion that goes to an African-American cop Sam Wright.

Sam has struggles of his own. He is a preacher in a small, somewhat declining Church of the Nazarene congregation that seems to be growing stagnant. Sam had hoped that God would bless his ministry and be able to commit full time to it, but in order to support his family, must remain on the Police force. He's a pretty good preacher, but God seems to be using him in even more effective ways on the Police force.

Sam Wright and Bill "Mac" McDonald (the racist, embittered cop) are temporarily placed together as partners on the police force.

Despite being emotionally with it, even Sam is deeply hurt by Mac's nonacceptance, unfriendliness, hurtful remarks and scowling hatred merely because Sam is a black man. As a result it hurts his ministry which wants him to preach forgiveness and reconciliation.

Without giving away too much, it is Sam's grandfather (played by Louis Gossett Jr.) who helps Sam deal with his feelings, and produces a short letter from his grandfather the 1880s that becomes the miraculous premise for helping Sam overcome his hurt.

A NEW tragedy in Mac McDonald's family brings Sam and Mac closer together in Mac's hour of desperate, prayer-fraught need.

Yes, there is a surprise twist or two in the plot.

It should be noted that this movie is the work of a first-time director David G. Evans and scores of first-time actors, sponsored mainly by one church (Calvary Church of the Nazarene, Memphis). Even so, the results are remarkably good. The actors, the police force -- all seem like down to earth, ordinary people pulled together by miraculous circumstances, and a few surprise twists. We see God working profoundly through hearts and circumstances rather than divine intervention and miracles. Only a couple of actors are less than professional and their lines or scenes are short, unobtrusive. Louis Gossett fits in well with his stellar performance.

The film also has great shots of Memphis, portraying the city as it really is -- many of the familiar but less known streets and intersections.

Don't expect a high-tech thriller. But this is a realistic, down-to-earth slice of life film with a powerful Christian theme of Grace and reconciliation.

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