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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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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?


The photos that Sam shows the banker while trying to get the loan are actual photos taken by the real Sam Childers in Sudan. They can also be seen during the closing credits. 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 »


Referenced in Machine Gun Preacher Documentary (2014) See more »


I Witness
Written by Asche & Spencer
Performed by Asche & Spencer and Joanna Jahn
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User Reviews

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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