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God's Army (2000)

PG | | Drama | 10 March 2000 (USA)
Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a ... See full summary »

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Richard Dutcher

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Richard Dutcher

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew A. Brown ... Elder Allen
Richard Dutcher ... Elder Dalton
Jacque Gray ... Sister Fronk
Jeffrey Scott Kelly ... Elder Mangum
Desean Terry ... Elder Banks
Michael Buster Michael Buster ... Elder Kinegar
Luis Robledo ... Elder Sandoval
John Pentecost John Pentecost ... President Beecroft
Lynne Carr Lynne Carr ... Sister Beecroft
Kelli Coleman Kelli Coleman ... Sister Monson
Anthony Anselmi Anthony Anselmi ... Elder Harmer
Peter Jackson Peter Jackson ... Elder Downey
Seamus Hurley Seamus Hurley ... Elder Rex
Francine Riber Francine Riber ... Connie
Fawn Perez Fawn Perez ... Laura
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Storyline

Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving missionaries and, to top it off, his first companion, 29-year-old Marcus Dalton, proves to be a harsh mentor. After only one day as a missionary, Allen is ready to hang up his necktie and go home. His point-of-view changes, however, as he begins to see the struggles and sacrifices that the other missionaries endure: Dalton, he soon learns, is fighting a losing battle with cancer. Banks, an African-American missionary, was disowned by his family when he joined the Mormon church. Kinegar, a fifth-generation Latter-Day Saint, finds himself doubting under the intellectual attacks of anti-Mormons. Working and living with these young men, Allen becomes a part of the drama occurring under the everyday surface of missionary life. After only a few intense days, ... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Saving the world one soul at a time

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Zion Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$88,584, 12 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,637,726
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Zion Films See more »
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Color
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Trivia

The Elder Allen character background is loosely based on Richard Dutcher's own life. See more »

Goofs

Many things that Elder Allen needs help learning are things that are taught in the the MTC (Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT). It is rather obvious that the character has never been. All missionaries, both Elders and Sisters are required to attend the MTC before being sent to their assigned mission. See more »

Quotes

Dalton: So, what did you think of the sisters?
Allen: Monson's nice, I don't know about the other one.
Dalton: Yeah, Sister Fronk.
Allen: Yeah, her.
Dalton: She's a very smart girl.
Allen: Well, she thinks so.
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Crazy Credits

Gwen Dutcher is credited as "Sexy Mormon Lady." This is not an actual character in the film, but Richard Dutcher's wife. She gets another "crazy credit" in his film Brigham City. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Look to the Heavens
Written by Greg Simpson
Performed by Greg Simpson
Courtesy of Highway Records
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Powerful title. Not so powerful movie.
4 August 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

Rising star Mormon auteur/actor Dutcher's breakthrough film "God's Army" tells of a group of Los Angeles based door-to-door religion peddlers. A shoestring indie with obvious low budgetness and inescapable nonsequiturs, the film manages a sense of earnestness as it shows the cell of young male LDS missionaries struggling with issues of faith, converting, healing, and getting lots of doors slammed in their faces. A somewhat interesting and marginally entertaining watch for anyone who ever wondered what's up with those annoying my-religion-is-better-than-your-religion LDS door knockers. (C+)


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