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The Good Lie (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  14 November 2014 (Kenya)
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A group of Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Femi Oguns ...
Peterdeng Mongok ...
Young Mamere
Okwar Jale ...
Young Theo
Thon Kueth ...
Young Jeremiah
Deng Ajuet ...
Young Paul
Keji Jale ...
Young Abital
David Madingi ...
Young Gabriel


Four Sudanese children are orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War. Consequently, they make an arduous and dangerous trek through the plains, enduring hardship, death and sacrifice all the way until they reach safety in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Years later, these youths are among 3600 selected for resettlement in America, only to have the one girl among them sent to Boston, while the three boys must to make a new life in Kansas City. Together, these young men must adjust to an alien culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunts them. However, these newcomers, and their new friends like employment counselor Carrie Davis, strive to understand each other in this new home, as they make peace with their histories in a challenge that will change all their lives. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Miracles are made by people who refuse to stop believing.



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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence, brief strong language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 2014 (Kenya)  »

Also Known As:

A Boa Mentira  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$841,422 (USA) (3 October 2014)


$2,716,989 (USA) (2 January 2015)

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Did You Know?


Ger Duany is a Sudanese refugee himself who suffered as a child soldier before being granted asylum in the United States See more »


After Jeremiah quits his grocery job and goes back to the employment agency, the phone number in the window is a St Louis area code, not Kansas City. See more »


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Title Card: In 1983, a brutal civil war broke out in Sudan between the North and the South over religion and resources, leaving villages destroyed by northern government armies and militia.
Title Card: By 1987, thousands of orphaned children began to flee on foot across sub-Saharan Africa, walking as many as thousands of miles to Ethiopia and then Kenya. Thirteen years later, 3600 refugees would be relocated to the U.S.A. They were known simply as "The Lost Boys of Sudan."
Title Card: This film is inspired by their ...
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Can't Stop the Music (2014) See more »


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Written and Performed by Hans Hammerschmid
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Well Crafted and Beautiful Movie
2 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We saw this movie on the spur of the moment while vacationing in Tel Aviv. I was worried it would be a hokey version of "The Blindside," where the focus of the story is on a white woman helping some underprivileged people of color, but instead it was a captivating, beautifully written story that was both authentic and deeply moving. The film skillfully portrays the enormous difficulty facing the Lost Boys of Sudan as they try to adapt to America while absorbing the unbearable trauma of their childhoods. Reese Witherspoon was a delight, and was surprisingly restrained -- the movie was not all about her. The acting was superb, performed by Sudanese who did a remarkably good job. The writers did a great job of not allowing this story to wander off in to mawkishness or sentimentality. There is no attempt to tie it all up in a neat bundle, yet it's ultimately uplifting. It's a great film that I have continually recommended to friends.

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