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Abel's Field -- Abel (Kevin Sorbo), the solitary, solitary groundskeeper of a high school football field, becomes the unlikely mentor for a struggling teen (Samuel Davis).
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Kevin Sorbo ... Abel

Samuel Davis ... Seth
Richard Dillard ... Coach Chalmers

Nicole Elliott ... Katie

Elizabeth Duff ... Cary

Catie Duff ... Mary
Devin Bonnée ... Netty
Joe Ward ... Keith
Trent Moore ... Pastor Daniels
Will Buchanan ... Billy (as William Buchanan)
Susan Mansur ... Rose

Yesenia Garcia ... Ms. Hernández
Brittney Karbowski ... Stacy

Katie Sarife ... Courtney

Bob Coonrod ... Mr. Gates
Craig Kotfas ... Suit
Luci Christian ... Receptionist
Matthew Posey ... Officer Paulson

Ellen Halper ... Ticket Taker (as Ellen Dolan)
Cat Sims ... Hannah
Titos Menchaca ... Bartender
Alejandro Rose-Garcia ... New Bartender
Terri Merritt Bennett ... Aunt Linda
Anthony Solomon ... Lineman

Ray Prewitt ... Manager
Cliff Stephens ... Blake Hardgrove
Benjamin Hoffman ... Pilgrim
Abbey Siegworth ... Keith's Girl

Wray Crawford ... Customer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Evans ... Football Announcer
B.K-McKee ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Kaitlin Barry ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Gene Cervenka ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Lindsay Mabry ... Ice Cream Parlor Patron (uncredited)
Dino Maglaris ... Football Player #10 (uncredited)

Dylan Ramos ... Luis (uncredited)

Charlie m Stewart ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordie Haakstad 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aron Flasher 

Produced by
Glen Hommy .... executive producer
Laurie Hommy .... executive producer
Tore Knos .... producer
Sandhya Shardanand .... line producer
Kevin Sorbo .... executive producer
Katie Tull .... associate producer
Straw Weisman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jeff Toyne 
Cinematography by
Ian Ellis 
Film Editing by
Susan Munro 
Casting by
Vicky Boone 
Production Design by
George T. Morrow 
Art Direction by
Walter Schneider 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Harrigan 
Makeup Department
Nancy Rankin Escovedo .... hair department head (as Nancy Rankin)
Nancy Rankin Escovedo .... makeup department head (as Nancy Rankin)
Nancy Rankin Escovedo .... special fx makeup department head (as Nancy Rankin)
Nicole Gonzales .... additional make-up and hair
Louis Moncivias .... key makeup
Louis Moncivias .... special effects makeup
Joe Rivera .... additional make-up and hair
Justin Vickers .... tattoo designer
Nancy Rankin Escovedo .... tattoo application (uncredited)
Louis Moncivias .... tattoo application (uncredited)
Production Management
Straw Weisman .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eran Carmelli .... second assistant director
Mary Beth Chambers .... first assistant director: second unit
Christian Cisneros .... assistant director
Christopher Dufau .... second assistant director: second unit
A.J. Ledesma .... second second assistant director: second unit
Drew Saplin .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ryan Hall .... property master
Raz Khandpur .... set dresser
Suzanne McDonnell .... art assistant
Erynn Patrick .... art assistant
Sound Department
Stephen Apostolina .... adr loop group
Sara Ballantine .... adr loop group
Michael Crabtree .... foley artist (as Mike Crabtree)
Ali Hillis .... adr loop group
Phil Mezzetti .... adr mixer
Karlo Montano .... boom operator
Martin Pedersen .... sound mixer
Lia Sargent .... adr loop group
Lia Sargent .... loop group coordinator
Shane Sweet .... adr loop group
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor
Nancy Troutman .... assistant sound editor
Adam Weisman .... adr loop group
David John West .... dialogue editor (as David West)
David John West .... foley: and adr mixer (as David West)
David John West .... re-recording engineer (as David West)
David John West .... sound re-recording mixer (as David West)
Scott Westley .... sound designer: and special effects editor
Visual Effects by
Jody MacKinnon .... credits: animation executive producer
Anthony Madlangrayan .... additional illustrations by
Bill Sneed .... credits: animation
Paul Song .... visual effects artist
Dean Baldwin .... football stunts
Jeff Schwan .... stunt coordinator
Erick Smart .... football stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
John Beasley .... grip
Kelly Bogdan .... second assistant camera: and first assistant camera second unit
Rich Bond .... best boy electric
Amanda Bruce Parker .... additional second assistant camera (as Amanda Bruce)
Rusty Carter .... additional videography: football
John Cates .... second assistant camera
Theda Cunningham .... additional first assistant camera
Ian Ellis .... camera operator
Eric Gerzymisch .... electrician
Ryan Green .... still photographer
Brad Keffer .... electrician
Cordelaine Kline .... additional second assistant camera
Rob McGrath .... first assistant camera: and second unit cinematographer
Hussain Pirani .... set videographer
Chad Lear Plunkett .... dolly grip: "b" camera, second unit
Chad Lear Plunkett .... grip (as Chad Plunket)
Ashley Riggs .... electrician
Zachary W. Sprague .... additional second assistant camera
Greg Travis .... gaffer
Erik Untersee .... best boy grip
Justin Paul Warren .... digital imaging technician (as Justin Warren)
Jesse Wolter .... key grip
Griffin Yu .... additional still photographer
Casting Department
Jennifer Dee .... extras casting assistant
Sarah Dowling .... extras casting director
Ashley Hallford .... extras casting assistant
Andrew Reyes .... extras casting assistant
Katie Richter .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ashlyn Angel .... addl costumer
Rosalba Brock .... costume intern
Yvonne Constancio .... costume p.a.
Kate Holley .... costumer
Adelaide Murphey .... key costumer
Sofia Sokolove .... costume intern
Editorial Department
Charla Barker .... assistant editor
Brian Bonus .... assistant editor
Gail Butler .... post producer
Alex Ferrari .... colorist
Alex Ferrari .... on-line editor
Brandon Gray .... assistant editor: behind the scenes
Susan Munro .... editor
Location Management
Paul Conrad .... location production assistant (as Paul Linden)
Breck Robinson .... location assistant
Patrick Robinson .... location assistant
Immanuel Salas .... location manager
Music Department
Aiko Fukushima .... orchestrator
Oren Hadar .... scoring mixer
Joshua Minyard .... score mixing
Dana Walden .... music supervisor
Richard McIlvery .... additional music recording engineer; musician pedal steel guitar (uncredited)
Other crew
Greg Bernstein .... production counsel
Jessica Bradley .... craft services production assistant
Gail Butler .... post producer
Joe Canik .... key set production assistant
Amy Lewis Duff .... set teacher
Ty Eddingston .... production assistant
Julie Fairchild .... unit publicist
Lucas Fairchild .... unit publicist
Barrett Farmer .... additional production assistant
Jeff Guerrero .... production coordinator
Rudy Gutierrez Jr. .... production assistant
Lindsay May Heathcote .... production accountant
Brandon Hodge .... locations intern
Laura King .... set medic
Jebadiah Lemos .... catering: assistant chef
Mike MacDonald .... craft service
Kim Magee .... script supervisor
Jean-François Montminy .... caterer: chef
John Edward Moore .... craft services production assistant (as John Moore)
Carol Pirie .... accounting clerk
Roxie Rodriguez .... production secretary
Molly Routt .... assistant production coordinator
Bryan Smith .... production assistant
Straw Weisman .... post production supervisor
Ben Hanks .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kim Blundell .... the producers wish to thank
Penny Brcic .... the producers wish to thank
Vlado Brcic .... the producers wish to thank
Carol Cameron .... the producers wish to thank
Greg Cameron .... the producers wish to thank
Bob Campbell .... the producers wish to thank
Trudy Campbell .... the producers wish to thank
Bernice Clease .... the producers wish to thank
Jim Clease .... the producers wish to thank
Lyman Haakstad .... in memory of
Carl Tore Knos .... the producers wish to thank
Nikita Kuznetsov .... the producers wish to thank
Joseph Martushev .... the producers wish to thank
Anna Naundorf .... the producers wish to thank
Greg Naundorf .... the producers wish to thank
Pavel Reutov .... the producers wish to thank
Margaret Sine .... the producers wish to thank
Bernice Walker .... the producers wish to thank
Darren Walker .... the producers wish to thank
Jerry Walker .... the producers wish to thank
Ken Walker .... the producers wish to thank
Leah Walker .... the producers wish to thank
Mark Walker .... the producers wish to thank
Michael Walker .... the producers wish to thank
John H. Wilson .... the producers wish to thank
Michele Zebich-Knos .... the producers wish to thank

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Rated PG for thematic elements, brief violence and a smoking image
104 min
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Breaking the rugged individualist, 23 August 2013
Author: Wuchak from Ohio/PA border

What a great drama "Abel's Field" is! Released in 2012, the story revolves around 17 year-old Seth (Samuel Davis) whose mother is dead and his father is no where to be found. He's forced to be the parent to his twin 7 year-old sisters. His cold half-brother is following in his father's alcoholic footprints. Seth is bullied at school by the football team and their bossy coach (Richard Dillard), but finds solace with a popular girl at school, Katie (Nicole Elliott), and -- surprisingly -- with the school's loner maintenance man, Abel (Kevin Sorbo).

Like all great dramas, "Abel's Field" captivates your attention in the first act and you find yourself in the world of the characters. As the story progresses we discover why Seth is mistreated at school, but it's thankfully not spelled out (it has to do with jealousy, rivalry and sectarianism, the moronic "Your not one of us" mindset). You'll notice, incidentally, that the players only confront & attack as a group and never alone. It's a microcosm of the mob mentality, not to mention they're too cowardly to attack one-on-one.

Three relationships are the focus: Seth's fatherly relationship with his sisters and his developing relationships with Katie and the mysterious Abel. Speaking of Abel, Sorbo is excellent here in an atypical role. His likable joie de vivre is completely absent in favor of a quiet, brooding spirit.

The message of the film is A+ all the way and the overt references to God and faith are refreshing, but they're not so overt to turn-off those who don't believe, so don't let this factor deter you if you're amongst the latter. This is simply an inspiring film for everyone, except maybe atheists (or perhaps them most of all, lol).

Those looking for a faith-based film that shows a conventional family environment might want to steer clear (not that there's anything wrong with those types of films; check out the excellent "Cutback" for a quality film of that sort). "Abel's Field" shows the awful truth of broken & dysfunctional families in the modern Western world and the negative repercussions thereof. Thankfully, that doesn't mean that there isn't any hope; but the proud individualist must be broken, both for Seth and Abel.

I also like the fact that the film shows that the mentors we stumble across in life are there to mentor us in one way or another, but we shouldn't make the mistake of idolizing them, no matter how great (or small) the mentor is, he or she is still a flawed human being who just so happens to be further on in their spiritual journey, at least in the area we need help in.

Another thing I liked: Just because someone's in the "mentor" role doesn't mean the "mentee" can't mentor the mentor in one way or another. And a worthy (humble) mentor will receive from the mentee when applicable.

One reviewer referred to Nicole Elliott, who plays Seth's potential girlfriend, as "overweight." Wow, nothing could be further from the truth; in fact, this isn't even remotely true. Check her out in the film and see for yourself. It's idiotic statements like this that drive women and girls into anorexia and it totally ticks me off! If anything, Nicole could stand to gain some weight. Regardless, she's uniquely beautiful, a refreshing alternative to the stereotypical hot blond cheerleader type.

The film runs 104 minutes and was shot in Thrall, TX, which is about 20 miles NE of Austin.


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