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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The city Noblesville mentioned in the movie when describing roofing jobs is actually a city outside of Indianapolis and not in Pennsylvania. Jason Keller, the writer of the film, is from Indianapolis. 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 »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.2 (2011) See more »


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User Reviews

Heart Wrenching and Poignant
21 September 2011 | by (Los Angeles CA) – See all my reviews

I saw a screening last night at the DGA, and wasn't prepared for what I was about to witness. I was in tears several times during the film. It was something that will stick with me forever. I think the fact that this was a true story made it even more powerful.

The whole cast was really wonderful, but Michelle Monaghan stands out in my mind. That girl is a true talent, and hearing her speak after the movie made me realize how invested she is, not only in the film part of the project, but in the charity with Sam Childers as well. Such impressive work, both in front of and behind the camera.

The movie made me want to help. It made me angry that our military, government, and governments across the planet have neglected these people.

I am still reeling from seeing this. Brilliant, moving, and absolutely gut wrenching.

Did someone say Oscar?

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