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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Daisy
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Donnie
Ryann Campos ...
Paige #1
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Deng
Grant R. Krause ...
Billy / Contractor (as Grant Krause)
Reavis Graham ...
Pastor Krause
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Bill Wallace
Barbara Coven ...
Shannon Wallace
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Biker Chick
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Bartender (as Nicole Sobchack)
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Shaved Head
Mike Litaker ...
Drifter
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Storyline

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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Hope is the greatest weapon of all


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

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2 November 2011 (UK)  »

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El Rescate  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

The film depicts Sam in the Allegheny County Jail, but he is wearing the uniform of a PA Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in The L.A. Complex: Burn It Down (2012) See more »

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Saturday Night Special
Written by Edward King (as Edward C. King), Ronnie Van Zant (as Ronald Van Zant)
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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WOAH! Incredible in every manner
29 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film deserves a MUCH higher score. It's one of the best movies I've seen in years.

Very well developed characters and storyline and amazing acting/plot.

I was a little upset in the beginning and thought the movie will turn out to be cheesy, but it really takes hold on you after a few initial disappointments and doesn't let go until the end.

Buttler fits the unstable "born again, dead again" character extremely well and delivers an extremely believable performance.

What really makes this movie stand out is its non-stop change of pace. It goes from slow and peaceful to hardcore Rambo action, but does so in a very creative way.

Definitely a must see and definitely a masterpiece!


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