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

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

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

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Aadila Ya Baida
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Performed by H. Bangalafish, S. Al Assal, M. Al Semary, M. Meshmesh, El Serr, A. Reyhan, A. Al Tayyeb, M. Senkat
Courtesy of Arc Music Prod. Int. Ltd.
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Excellent!
3 March 2012 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is awesome!!!!!!!!!!! I heard about it when it was in the Toronto International Film Festival. It's based on a true story and it's really inspiring. The story is rich and the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. You also learn something watching it. I was so interested that i looked up Sam Childers organization and watched some of his interviews afterwards. I also thought Gerard Butler did a really good job portraying Sam - really good acting. The other actors are really good as well. Won't lie - i shed a few tears too. You feel terrible for all the people and children of Sudan and Uganda. I would definitely see this movie!!!!!!!! You won't be disappointed. Awesome! Loved it!


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