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The Evangelist (2009)

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Set in Provincetown, Massachusetts, gay theater director Danny Ziegfeld adopts twelve-year old Gideon Bellamont who turns out to be a religious fanatic. Danny reluctantly agrees to help ... See full summary »

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Danny Ziegfeld
Lucas Fox Philips ...
Gideon Bellamont
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Fred Biddle ...
Sean the Con
David John Correia ...
Cameraman, Witness
Edward Essen ...
Minister
Kwon Faith ...
Woman at the Bar
Antonio Gagna ...
Minister
Samantha Gavoni ...
Amber
Tony Giaimo ...
Minister
Nick Guide ...
Social Worker
Alison Hyder ...
Minister
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Jimmy (as Jason S. Jiang)
Rich McKey ...
Julian
Christopher Mikael ...
Carl (as Christopher Michael Siepietowski)
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Set in Provincetown, Massachusetts, gay theater director Danny Ziegfeld adopts twelve-year old Gideon Bellamont who turns out to be a religious fanatic. Danny reluctantly agrees to help Gideon on his mission to convert locals to Christianity, but Gideon's increasingly radical ideas start to create trouble in the community. Written by Anonymous

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technically beautiful and brilliant, but ruined by its relentless, mean-spirited cynicism
5 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is extraordinarily well-written, directed, acted and photographed—especially remarkable as the first feature by a 21-year-old film-school student—but it is ruined by its unrelentingly mean-spirited message.

It would be impossible to praise too highly every technical aspect of this movie, or to single out any one of the four elements I listed in the first sentence as being better than the others. Everything about it is spectacularly good, except for its heart.

As I was watching it, I marveled that the writer-director Nate Chapman did not take Hollywood by storm, did not even make another movie after this one, now almost 7 years old. (Equally remarkable is the fact that I am its first reviewer.) Technically, this movie is every bit as good as another first-timer, Orson Welles's Citizen Kane. (The Welles influence throughout this movie is unmistakable.) But by the time I reached the end I no longer wondered why Chapman's career began and ended (so far) with this one movie. I'm glad it did.

The Evangelist's brutal cynicism is unrelenting; it wastes enormous intelligence, talent and energy in what amounts to the temper tantrum of a very gifted but hate-filled child. It's like being vomited on and then bitten by a precocious but monstrously spoiled and angry—and vicious—four-year-old.


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