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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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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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Saving the world one soul at a time

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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 »

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Edited into Falling (2008) See more »

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Go to Hell
Written by Ryan Shupe
Performed by Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband
Courtesy of Tydal Wave Records
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Let's go out and do some good
2 September 2000 | by lou-50See all my reviews

I attended an open house for the recently completed 97th Mormon Temple and was once again impressed by these 'true believers' - men and women of steadfast religious conviction (some would say, the product of communal brainwashing). But judging by "God's Army", an honest and down-to-earth depiction about Mormon conversion, you have to say the young members are far from being willing robots, ready to accept their faith. It took a lot of guts for writer, director, and star Richard Dutcher to make this mainstream religious feature that, on the whole, is both inspiring and entertaining. But in his quest for a wide audience, Dutcher has toned down the religious preaching and built up a story about multi-ethnic characters in the heathen Los Angeles. Devoid of some proselytizing however, we don't fully appreciate the Mormon beliefs nor their missionary work. The various conflicts in the story and their syrupy resolutions also lent themselves more to the "Touched by an Angel" TV series. That being said, "God's Army" has several good points. The humor is both refreshing and yet self-directed: in their pristine mission quarters, the men have a posted cockroach board with specimen and species identification; Elder Sandoval boosts himself above a railing to face the famous Hollywood sign as he delivers his salvation message even as his fellow missionaries are throwing pieces of food at him; and the house antic is to take pictures of fellow missionaries sitting on the commode. The acting (mostly first-timers) is surprisingly good, especially the genuine chemistry between Elder Dalton (Dutcher) the mentor and Elder Allen (Matthew Brown) the student. In their shared dialogues, we learn much about a disciplined lifestyle that will lead to personal growth and salvation. It isn't afraid to air out dirty laundry in discussing issues of black bigotry and dissent to the Book of Mormons. It shares with us flawed characters trying to overcome their barriers - Elder Allen raised by a stepfather who baptized him to the Mormon faith and later landed in prison for child molesting, Sister Fronk unable to commit to a Mormon suitor because of her inadequate faith, and Elder Kinegar who could not overcome his religious disbeliefs. "God's Army" isn't a film for everyone because in witnessing men and women struggling to understand their faith and commitment, we are bound to ask ourselves the same questions.


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