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The Apostle ()


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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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Horace
Paul Bagget ...
Tag Team Preacher #3 (as Brother Paul Bagget)
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Female Sonny Supporter
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Brother Blackwell
Mary Lynette Braxton ...
Mother Blackwell
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Helper
Christopher Canady ...
Sister Johnson's Twin
Christian Canady ...
Sister Johnson's Twin
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Mrs. Dewey Sr.
Elizabeth Chisolm ...
Singer
William Atlas Cole ...
Bayou Man (as Brother William Atlas Cole)
Frank Collins Jr. ...
Soloist #4 (as Reverend Frank Collins Jr.)
Carl D. Cook ...
Civic Auditorium Preacher (as Prophet Carl D. Cook)
Naomi Craig ...
Scripture Reader
Wayne Dehart ...
Liquor Store Preacher
Rick Dial ...
Elmo
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The Apostle E.F.
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Jessie Dewey
Jan Fawcett ...
Needy Receiver #2
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Young Priest (as James Ivey Gleason)
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Sam
Chili Graham ...
Tag Team Preacher #5 (as Reverend Chili Graham)
Bobby Green ...
Tag Team Preacher #1 (as Reverend Bobby Green)
Stuart Greer ...
Texas State Trooper
John E. Hawkins ...
Sonny Supporter #1
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Child Accordionist
Daniel Hickman ...
Flashback Preacher (as Reverend Daniel Hickman)
Emery Hopkins ...
Virgil
Brenda B. Jackson ...
Faith Healer #2
Jewell Jernigan ...
Sister Jewell (as Sister Jewell Jernigan)
Charles Johnson ...
Tag Team Preacher #2 (as Reverend Charles Johnson)
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Baptism Soloist
Vera Kemp ...
Faith Healer #1
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Soloist #1 (as Joseph Lindsey)
Sharon K. London ...
Church Woman
Zelma Loyd ...
Sister Johnson
Fernie E. McMillan ...
Doctor
Jimmie J. Meaux ...
Church Member #2
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Bodyguard
Richard Nance ...
Church Man #2
Douglas Perry ...
Louisiana State Trooper
Harold Potier Sr. ...
Coronet George
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Young Man in Car
Pat Ratliff ...
Accident Witness
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Toosie
Jay Robicheaux ...
Sonny at 12 Years Old
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Man Saying Amen (as Terrence Rosemore)
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Joe
Joyce Jolivet Starks ...
Sister Delilah
Christina Stojanovich ...
Jessie Jr.
Nicholas Stojanovich ...
Bobbie
Ronnie Stutes ...
Needy Receiver
Ruby Francis Terry ...
Soloist Choir Director
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Troublemaker
Graham Timbes ...
Church Man #1
James B. Towry ...
Nosey Neighbor
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Latin Translator
Jesse Waldrop ...
Sonny Supporter #2 (as Reverend Jesse Walkrop)
Steve White ...
Tag Team Preacher #4 (as Reverend Steve White)
Fay Winn ...
Tag Team Preacher #5 (as Sister Fay Winn)
Melete Woods ...
Soloist #3
Margaret Oliver Coleman ...
Texas Choir Member
Sharon Denise Dickerson ...
Texas Choir Member
Erica Lynn Duncan ...
Texas Choir Member
Sondra Jackson Green ...
Texas Choir Member
David Henderson ...
Texas Choir Member
Parla J. Johnson ...
Texas Choir Member
Donna Siddiqui ...
Texas Choir Member
Tami Boaz Skelton ...
Texas Choir Member
Rachel V. Stevenson ...
Texas Choir Member
Gretchen Louise Watts ...
Texas Choir Member
Jerry H. Skelton ...
Organist
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Brother Edwards (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Duvall

Written by

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Robert Duvall ... (written by)

Produced by

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Steven Brown ... co-producer
Rob Carliner ... producer
Robert Duvall ... executive producer
Ed Johnston ... associate producer

Music by

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David Mansfield

Cinematography by

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Barry Markowitz ... (director of principal photography)

Film Editing by

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Stephen Mack

Editorial Department

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Janie Bargaron ... cutter
Dan Muscarella ... color timer
Glenn Suffern ... negative cutter
Fulvio Valsangiacomo ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Ed Johnston
Renee Rousselot

Production Design by

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Linda Burton
Thomas A. Walsh ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Irfan Akdag

Set Decoration by

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Dea Jensen
Lori Johnson

Costume Design by

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Doug Hall ... (as Douglas Hall)

Makeup Department

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Alicia Allain ... key hair stylist (as Alicia Dollard)
Lilly Benyair-Gart ... key makeup artist (as Lily Gart)
Allison Gordin ... key makeup artist
Mela Murphy ... hair stylist: Ms. Fawcett / makeup artist: Ms. Fawcett

Production Management

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Taylor M. Favale ... unit production manager (as Taylor Favale)
Sharre Jacoby ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Melissa Cummins Lorenz ... second second assistant director
Louis Shaw Milito ... first assistant director
Chad Rosen ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Nathan Boniske ... property assistant
Gert Broekema ... property assistant
Bill Darrow ... carpenter
Tom Davis ... scenic artist
Deborah Dawson ... set dresser
James Dupuy ... construction foreman
Jean-Paul Guirard ... swing
Jon Jenkins ... swing
Huey Mitchell ... carpenter
Nan Parati ... scenic artist
John Patterson ... construction coordinator (as John N. Patterson)
Kenneth R. Rector ... lead man (as Ken-E-Ray Rector)
Ben Schoen ... typesetting
Shelly Stoll ... art department coordinator (as Shelly C. Stoll)
Alexandra Tager ... on-set dresser
Samuel J. Tell ... property master

Sound Department

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Steve C. Aaron ... sound mixer
Mark Berger ... supervising sound re-recordist
Leslie Bloome ... foley artist
Loren Byer ... machine room operator
Frank Canonica ... machine room supervisor
Tobin Davis ... assistant sound editor (as Tobin John DeLacca Davis)
Yin Dodd ... assistant sound editor
Malcolm Fife ... sound effects editor
Grant Foerster ... machine room operator
Steve Fontano ... foley mixer (as Steven Fontano)
Anna Geyer ... machine room operator
Stephen Hart ... foley mixer
R. Frank Kincel II ... cable person
Kyrsten Mate ... sound effects editor (as Kyrsten Mate Comoglio)
Marnie Moore ... foley artist
Casey Nutt ... apprentice sound editor
John Nutt ... supervising sound editor
David Parker ... sound recordist
Randy Pease ... boom operator
Frank Rinella ... foley mixer
Brian Ruberg ... adr services
Jeff Whittle ... transfer supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Jeff Hutchison ... optical supervisor

Stunts

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Mark De Alessandro ... stunt double: Mr. Duvall
Ethan Jensen ... stunt coordinator / stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Gordon Ard ... grip
Ehab Assal ... second assistant camera (as Ehab Asal)
Paul D. Beard ... electrician
Samone Bennett ... video playback operator
Todd Davis ... grip
Darrin Dickerson ... electrician
Michael Dunson ... dolly grip (as Mike Dunson)
Scott Fawley ... best boy (as Scott S. Fawley)
Rocky Ford ... electrician (as Rocky 'Rockman' Ford)
Nick Franco ... second assistant camera
Randy Gallagher ... grip
Tom Grunke ... key grip
Dennis Haden ... electrician (as Dennis Noy Haden)
Jerry Holway ... steadicam operator: "b" camera
Kevin Long ... electrician
Barry Markowitz ... camera operator
Van Redin ... still photographer
Stephen Ritchey ... grip
Steven Search ... first assistant camera
Bear E. Smith ... best boy
David Taylor ... electrician
John Wagner ... gaffer
Steven Lynn Walker ... grip
Shane Weaver ... camera loader
Don W. Wegner ... grip
Michael Applebaum ... camera operator: "c" camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Toni Cobb Brock ... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Jami Rudofsky ... casting assistant
Lisa W. Suire ... extras casting assistant
Tanya Sullivan ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Meredith McLaughlin ... costumer
Ángela Núñez ... costumer (as Angela Nuñez)
Lisa Parmet ... wardrobe supervisor
Susan Thomas ... costumer

Location Management

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Stephanie Dupuy ... location coordinator (as Stephanie Samuel Dupuy) / location scout (as Stephanie Samuel Dupuy)
Greg Guirard ... location assistant
Ashley Haspel ... location assistant
Virginia McCollam ... location manager / location scout
Peter Wilson ... location manager

Music Department

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Peter Afterman ... music supervisor
Dan Gellert ... score engineer
David Mansfield ... musical score performer
Sharon Smith ... music editor
Elizabeth Wendel ... associate music supervisor
Eli Wilson ... choir director: children's choir
Margaret Yen ... assistant to music supervisor

Transportation Department

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James Cedotal ... driver
Mark Evans ... driver: van
Rooster Layton ... driver
Israel Martin ... driver
Mark Meaux ... driver
Sonny Messina ... driver
L. Christian Mixon ... driver
Linda Mixon ... driver: cast (as Linda Nitsch)
Lawrence Morgan ... transportation coordinator
Luke Morris ... driver
Christie Nezat ... driver
Nick W. Pastrano ... driver: honeywagon (as Nick Pastrano)
David 'Pete' Peterson ... driver
Fred Pope Jr. ... driver: production van
Albert J. Sparks Jr. ... driver
Bobby Williamson ... driver
Aaron Wince ... transportation captain (as Aaron C. Wince)

Other crew

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Christi Alexander ... assistant production coordinator
Stacey Ballentine ... assistant production accountant
Carol Banker ... script supervisor
Janie Bargaron ... fitter
Eric Barker ... film runner
Joel Timothy Bible ... set teacher (as Joel T. Bible)
Leslie Bourque ... production assistant
Francie Brown ... dialect coach
Andrew Evans ... production assistant
Jan Fawcett ... stand-in: Ms. Fawcett
Michael Hackney ... utility stand-in
Judy Harrington ... stand-in: Mrs. Carter Cash
Elizabeth Himelstein ... dialect coach
Shelby Hyman ... production assistant
Nancy G. James ... craft service (as Nancy James)
Rick Kahn ... transfer operator
Shelly Kujawa ... set medic
Rhonda Byers Lee ... craft service
Mamie Mitchell ... script supervisor
Adam Prince ... assistant production coordinator
Natasha Sanchez ... production assistant
Ronnie Stutes ... stand-in: Mr. Duvall (as Ronald Stutes)
Desiree Varni ... production accountant (as Desirée Killian)
J.R. Von Schondorf ... production assistant (as Edwin VonSchondorf)
Onni Vosdoganes ... production coordinator
Charles White ... stand-in: Mr. Shaver
Ted Kantrow ... caterer (uncredited)

Thanks

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Michelle Archer ... special thanks
Kerry Boutte ... special thanks
Sharon Boutte ... special thanks
Lee Clardy ... special thanks
Michael Dyckman ... special thanks
Friema Grylack ... special thanks
Joel Jacobson ... special thanks
Jewell Jernigan ... special thanks (as Sister Jewell Jernigan)
Countess Mar ... special thanks
Rob McEntegart ... special thanks
Michael McNamara ... special thanks
Tim Metcalf ... special thanks
Walter Murch ... special thanks
Gerard Sellars ... special thanks
Irwin Tenenbaum ... special thanks
Helen Williams ... gratitude and thanks
Isham Williams ... in memoriam (as Reverend Isham Williams)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines Lust, Obsession, Revenge... Redemption See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Le prédicateur (France)
  • Apostel! (Germany)
  • Camino al cielo (Spain)
  • El apóstol (Argentina)
  • Aposteln (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 134 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $40,969, 21 Dec 1997

Did You Know?

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Trivia After seeing the film, Marlon Brando wrote Robert Duvall a heartfelt letter congratulating him on making such a moving film. See more »
Goofs When E.F.'s ex called the police (and the "Bayou Boutte" dispatcher supposedly answered), she would have actually called the Fort Worth P.D. homicide division, to inform that Sonny (aka E.F.) is in Bayou Boutte, Louisiana, since the incident is under Ft. Worth, Texas' jurisdiction. Also Bayou Boutte is quite likely too small for its own police department, let alone a homicide division. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Amistad/Titanic/Good Will Hunting/The Apostle (1997). See more »
Soundtracks What Passes For Love See more »
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 »
Quotes Sonny: I quit school because I didn't like recess.
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