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Beyond the Gates of Splendor (2002)

A beautifully crafted documentary about five young missionaries who were martyred by a savage tribe of Indians in the mid 1950s and the heroic effort of reconciliation that has followed.


Jim Hanon


Jim Hanon

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Credited cast:
Steve Saint Steve Saint ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmela Carmela ... Herself
Dawa Dawa ... Herself
Dayumae Dayumae ... Herself
Frank Drown Frank Drown ... Himself
Kathy Saint Drown Kathy Saint Drown ... Herself
Elisabeth Elliot Gren Elisabeth Elliot Gren ... Herself
Dave Howard Dave Howard ... Himself
Kimo Kimo ... Himself
Olive Fleming Liefeld Olive Fleming Liefeld ... Herself
Christopher Maleki ... King Cyrus
Marilou McCully Marilou McCully ... Herself
Mincaye Mincaye ... Himself
Malcolm Nurnberg Malcolm Nurnberg ... Himself (as Col. Malcolm Nurnberg)
Ompodae Ompodae ... Herself


Set in the Amazon basin of Ecuador, Beyond the Gates of Splendor tells the story of the Waodani, a violent and isolated tribe, and five North American families who contacted them. All five of the North American men were killed (Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, and Ed McCully). Elisabeth Elliot, the wife of one of the men, and Rachel Saint, the sister of another, went to live with the Waodani. Later, Steve Saint, the son of one of the slain men moved his family from Florida to live with the same Waodani family that had killed his father. Written by Brent Green

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In 1956, two worlds collided, beginning a journey beyond fear, beyond violence, beyond forgiveness. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent content and thematic elements | See all certifications »


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Gates See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,412, 7 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,307, 1 April 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


When the tribe was asked permission to film their story, they said no. Only after hearing about the school shootings happening in the US did they grant permission for their story to be told. They hoped their turn from violence to peace could be an example for others. See more »


Elisabeth Elliot Gren: We were both Greek Majors. We saw each other every day. Every once in a while he would come along and he'd just slap his books down on the table and he'd sit down next to me and he'd say, "Well, where we were today?" And I said, "Well, What do you mean, 'Where are we?' You know I'm on this page and you're six pages behind or something."
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Alternate Versions

A 40-minute abridged version of the film exists. See more »


Followed by The Grandfathers (2011) See more »

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Compelling Documentary!
18 December 2004 | by movielover-23See all my reviews

This is the most compelling documentary and story I have ever experienced. I was only vaguely familiar the story. The idea of going to live with people who killed one of my loved ones is difficult to understand. Even the idea of why the families were there in the first place is foreign to our American culture. The music in this documentary sounds like movie music, and the people in the story are amazing, the north and south Americans.

Clearly this amazing tribe would have wiped themselves out if it were not for the missionaries. They should make a feature film about this story.

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