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Courageous (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  30 September 2011 (USA)
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When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives.


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Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they face danger every day. Yet when tragedy strikes close to home, these fathers are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, and their faith. From this struggle will come a decision that changes all of their lives. With action, drama, and humor, the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures embraces God's promise to "turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers." Souls will be stirred, and hearts will be challenged to be ... courageous! Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 September 2011 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,063,147 (USA) (30 September 2011)


$34,522,221 (USA) (20 January 2012)

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Adam Mitchell: You ever hear of the snake kings?
Lamont: The who?
Adam Mitchell: The snake kings you ever cross 'em?
Lamont: I ain't heard of no snake kings.
Adam Mitchell: We got their leader in the back. If he tries to cut you or go for your throat, just yell and we'll stop the car.
Lamont: Hold on. I ain't ridin with no killer.
Adam Mitchell: Just stay on your side, don't look at him, don't talk to him.
[to Javier]
Adam Mitchell: Martinez, you hurt this guy, I'll put you under the jail, you got it?
Lamont: I ain't ridin with no snake king!
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Reality Movie vs. Reality TV
23 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reality TV is not really real. I mean, I have no friends who've been stranded on an island or locked in a house (nor, as far as I know, has that happened to people who don't like me). In contrast, the movie, Courageous, truly reveals the reality of life. This highly entertaining film is about the struggles of fatherhood. Which of us guys hasn't struggled with the boundaries between work and home?

The story centers on a group of law enforcement officers and is filled with action, outstanding humor and at times, some tough emotional moments. At the show I attended, everyone cried. They cried at some tragic moments and at some moments of great relief. At my side was a good buddy who is a successful business pro and strong family man. He & I both walked away with some deeper awareness of how we could be better fathers to our kids and to our brides.

So there are also some distinct learning moments that makes this film much more than just an escape from reality. How often do you have an opportunity to take someone to a movie that has trailing impact on your life? I'll suggest you get some Dads together to watch Courageous and sit down for a meal afterward to talk about what it showed you were doing well, or right - and what you could be working on to better build into your family and their future. Powerfully-told story with an outstanding cast.

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