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The Saratov Approach (2013)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 9 October 2013 (USA)
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This riveting drama tells the true story of two young American Mormon missionaries held captive and brutalized for a week in a remote part of Russia.



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Cast overview:
Elder Tuttle
Elder Propst
Mary Propst
Bruce Newbold ...
Lee Propst
Peggy Matheson ...
Donna Tuttle
Mr. Tuttle
Brett Merritt ...
Mark Larsen
Senator Smith
Agent Ross
Agent Miller
Brit Server ...
Agent Garza
Christopher S. Clark ...
Agent Bair


This riveting drama tells the true story of two young American Mormon missionaries held captive and brutalized for a week in a remote part of Russia.

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Kidnapped, Ransomed, Delivered


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence

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Release Date:

9 October 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reféns em Saratov  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$137,226, 9 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,137,705, 28 February 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to Andrew Lee Propst, he and Tuttle were blindfolded and had their feet tied together for nearly all of their captivity. Obviously, this would have been hard to film. See more »

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creepy Mormon propaganda
20 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

This movie is almost pure Mormon propaganda. The only interest for those who haven't been brainwashed by the Utah cult is to see how eerily kind Mormons are even when bashing the brains of their kidnappers. I suppose one might also be interested with the way Salt Lake City managed to be transformed, in this whopper, into a major Russian metropolis, but then again the mysterious tablets of the prophet Smith work in very mysterious ways indeed. Seriously though, if you have any other better movie to watch other than this movie, you probably should watch that one. Watching this one all the way to the end would definitely be a waste of time!

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