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The Apostle (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 February 1998 (USA)
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After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.

Director:

Robert Duvall

Writer:

Robert Duvall
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Todd Allen ... Horace
Paul Bagget Paul Bagget ... Tag Team Preacher #3 (as Brother Paul Bagget)
Lenore Banks ... Female Sonny Supporter
John Beasley ... Brother Blackwell
Mary Lynette Braxton Mary Lynette Braxton ... Mother Blackwell
Brett Brock ... Helper
Christopher Canady Christopher Canady ... Sister Johnson's Twin
Christian Canady Christian Canady ... Sister Johnson's Twin
June Carter Cash ... Mrs. Dewey Sr.
Elizabeth Chisolm Elizabeth Chisolm ... Singer
William Atlas Cole William Atlas Cole ... Bayou Man (as Brother William Atlas Cole)
Frank Collins Jr. Frank Collins Jr. ... Soloist #4 (as Reverend Frank Collins Jr.)
Carl D. Cook Carl D. Cook ... Civic Auditorium Preacher (as Prophet Carl D. Cook)
Naomi Craig Naomi Craig ... Scripture Reader
Wayne Dehart Wayne Dehart ... Liquor Store Preacher
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Storyline

Eulis 'Sonny' Dewey is a preacher from Texas living a happy life with his beautiful wife Jessie. Suddenly his stable world crumbles: Jessie is having an affair with young minister Horace. Sonny gets enraged and hits Horace with a softball bat, putting him into a coma. After that he leaves town, takes a new name, 'Apostle E.F.' and goes to Louisiana. There he starts to work as a mechanic for local radio station owner Elmo, and Elmo lets him preach on the radio. E.F. starts to preach everywhere: on the radio, on the streets, and with his new friend, Reverend Blackwell he starts a campaign to renovate an old church. Written by Anonymous

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The hardest soul to save was his own. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and a related scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apostel! See more »

Filming Locations:

Collin County, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,969, 21 December 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,733,485, 14 June 1998
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Butcher's Run Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Duvall had to use four million dollars of his own money to complete the film. When the movie did well at the box-office, the distributors reimbursed him. See more »

Goofs

During the last scene, the radio DJ is shown without his glasses, but is wearing them an instant later. See more »

Quotes

Brother Blackwell: [laughing] Now, Apostle, I know what you're thinking, but... All-All I can say is that whenever you've been on the radio, most all the white people think you're black. Now, most all the colored people know you ain't black; but they sho do like you're style of preachin'. So, what you see is what we got.
Sonny: Yeah. Yeah, well we got what the Lord sent... what the Lord sent.
Brother Blackwell: That's right.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits there is a scene showing Sonny (Robert Duvall) preaching to the prisoners during out-of-prison work. See more »

Connections

Featured in If We Picked the Winners (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'm a) Soldier in the Army of the Lord
Performed by Lyle Lovett
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SUPERB!
28 April 2000 | by newyorickSee all my reviews

Superior acting and a plot based on realism make this a classic movie of actual southern life ... a life that I experienced as a child and adolescent. Duvall's evangelist portrayal is not only convincing but eerie in the way it so fully represents many southern ministers of the gospel ... be they true believers or be they charlatans. I can't help but wonder if the cast was comprised of local folks ... or at least folks reared in the south ... rather than professional actors. They all did an excellent job contributing to the realism of this movie. I almost always enjoy a movie that "tells it like it is" ... and sofar, this is one of the most enjoyable I have ever seen.


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