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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 »

Director:

Richard Dutcher

Writer:

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
Pete Jackson Pete Jackson ... Elder Downey (as Peter Jackson)
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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Trivia

Sister Fronk says her three favorite books are John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath", Leo Tolstory's "War and Peace" or "Anna Karenina", and Chaim Potok's "My Name Is Asher Lev". These books are also the favorite books of the film's director, Richard Dutcher. See more »

Goofs

Elder Sandoval is seen playing a guitar. Musical instruments are allowed on Mormon missions, though many forgo them, preferring to travel light. See more »

Quotes

Allen: Should we take the bus?
Dalton: I don't want to take the bus.
Allen: You're not tired?
Dalton: I'm exhausted, but if I sit down I'll fall asleep. If I fall asleep I'll probably lapse into a coma. If I lapse into a coma, I'll probably die, so I don't want to take the bus.
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Crazy Credits

Gwen Dutcher, the wife of the film's director, plays the woman who gets baptized, and she's called "Sexy Mormon Lady" in the credits. See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Best of Me
Written & Performed by Greg Simpson
Copyright ©1997 Fogdog Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Highway Records
A division of Excel Entertainment Group
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This film is an amazing accomplishment.
27 July 2004 | by carlstrobel-1See all my reviews

If anyone had dared suggest that I could sit through 104 minutes of 20-something youths trying to convert people around Los Angeles to the Mormon church, I would have snickered. But I did sit through it and loved it.

The motives driving these young men gradually become apparent, but at no time are the religious aspects of the film overbearing to a non-Mormon (I am a Unitarian and am extremely sensitive to propagandizing or proselytizing) At the end of the movie, the viewer has a understanding of and respect for the beliefs the missionaries are trying to instill in others.

Most appealing is the gentle humor when the real world of Los Angeles comes in conflict with the Mormons' beliefs. One scene is priceless -- the harried father, two children screaming, his wife yelling, who is being assured by the Mormon missionaries that the family is eternal.

This film is well off the beaten cinema path -- if religion is not central to your life but you enjoy well written, well directed drama, God's Army is for you.


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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)

Gross USA:

$2,637,726

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,637,726
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Color
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