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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.

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Robert Duvall

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Robert Duvall
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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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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

The lines of the radio owner, during the scene where Billy Bob Thornton is talked out of bulldozing the church, were improvised. See more »

Goofs

When The Apostle is in his car at the accident scene his window is closed. As he gets out of the car and closes the door, the window is partially open. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: Holy Ghost Power!
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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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Dan Aykroyd/Beyonce (2003) See more »

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Eunice Waltz
Written by Floyd Soileau, Maurice Berzas
Performed by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
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Shakespeare would have borrowed this storyline
9 September 1999 | by GlaschuSee all my reviews

This film kept me thinking for days afterwards. A highly emotionally charged film, The Apostle is essentially a one-man tour de force for Duvall with an ensemble supporting cast. Duvall's performance was so convincing that had he performed this role live I'm sure he would have moved the whole audience to tears.

I resisted seeing this film at first expecting that it would be the usual tired, antireligious stereotype that late twentieth century script writers revel in. But The Apostle does not blindly follow any stereotypes. The premise is plausible and the realistic character portrayals give the viewer the feeling that they are right there in the story. This is a riveting tragic tale of a very flawed man who has the gift of inspiring others to better and greater things. Had Shakespeare been around today, he would have borrowed this storyline, but I doubt he could have done a better job.

It is a cautionary tale for anyone in a position of leadership. Somehow, despite the tragedy framing this story, I found it very uplifting. If you like a film with a message that prompts you to think, then see this movie.


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