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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Crime  |  2 November 2011 (UK)
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Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryann Campos ...
Paige #1
Paige #2
Grant R. Krause ...
Billy / Contractor (as Grant Krause)
Reavis Graham ...
Pastor Krause
Bill Wallace
Barbara Coven ...
Shannon Wallace
Biker Chick
Bartender (as Nicole Sobchack)
Shaved Head
Mike Litaker ...


In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, addicted gang biker Sam Childers is released from prison and learns that his wife Lynn is no longer a stripper but has converted to Christianity. One night, Sam and his best friend Donnie give a ride to a hitchhiker who threatens Donnie with a pocketknife; however Sam reacts and turns the tables on the stranger. Sam is affected by the incident and is convinced by Lynn and his mother Daisy to join their church, and he is baptized. Sam finds a straight job in construction. When he meets a preacher from Africa, he decides to visit the continent. Sam travels to Northern Uganda and South Sudan many times and builds an orphanage for the victims of the cruel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Further, he fights whenever necessary and becomes a legend known as The Machine Gun Preacher. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El rescate  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,130 (USA) (23 September 2011)


$537,580 (USA) (18 November 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vera Farmiga was the first choice to play Lyn, but dropped out due to pregnancy. She was replaced by Michelle Monaghan. See more »


When Sam is being baptized the preacher puts him backwards in the tank of water but Sam's clothes are already wet. See more »


[first lines]
Prison Clerk: [returning his belongings] You ya go.
Sam Childers: You all go fuck yourselves now, okay?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credit roll, clips and pictures of original main characters (Sam Childers, Lynn, Paige & SPLA Soldier, Deng) are shown. See more »


References First Blood (1982) See more »


Glory to His Name
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User Reviews

machine gun
2 March 2012 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I m not a usual review writer of any kind but i especially register for IMDb to write about this movie. After watching the movie and checking the IMDb rate i must say it is highly underestimated and i was forced to make a statement.

i would recommend this movie. it leaves you thinking not only about the characters itself but also about the issue of the movie. I myself spend hours of researching about the problems which are shown in the movie.

i find the characters very appealing although at some point i thought it could be portrayed better than it was actually done.

Overall it is a really good movie and worth a watch.

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