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States of Grace (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama | 23 April 2014 (France)
The lives of a street preacher, an aspiring actress, a Mormon missionary, and a young gang banger intersect in this ensemble drama set in present-day Santa Monica, California.

Director:

Richard Dutcher

Writer:

Richard Dutcher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ignacio Serricchio ... Lozano
Lucas Fleischer ... Farrell
Lamont Stephens Lamont Stephens ... Carl
Rachel Emmers Rachel Emmers ... Holly
Jo-sei Ikeda Jo-sei Ikeda ... Louis
J.J. Boone ... Mae
Eli Chatman Eli Chatman ... Todd (as Allah Chatman)
Desean Terry ... Banks
Jeffrey Scott Kelly ... Mangum
John Pentecost John Pentecost ... President Beecroft
Pete Jackson Pete Jackson ... Downy
Rege Lewis ... Jordan
Danny Socorro Martinez ... Manuel (as Danny Martinez)
Mack-b ... Abe (as Fatal Instinct)
Samantha Klein ... Sister Hershey
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Storyline

Although Elder Farrell and Elder Lozano are assigned together as Mormon missionary companions they are a study in contrasts. Farrell, from Utah, is bookish, sensitive, focused on seeking potential converts, and dedicated to following mission rules. Elder Lozano was shot by a rival gang when being initiated into the Latino gang of his brothers and then was converted to the LDS church while recovering at the same time as a missionary in the hospital. Due to go home in three weeks, he shows more interest in playing basketball than teaching people. One day while going door to door in Venice, California they find themselves caught in crossfire as a Latino gang does a drive-by shooting. Lozano renders aid to Carl, an African American gang member who is seriously wounded. Upon recovery, Carl thanks him and becomes interested in learning about what the missionary has to teach about redemption. Returning home, the elders find an ill man lying on the street and take him back to their apartment.... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Taglines:

Beyond faith, beyond reason, beyond experience.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and mature thematic material

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Trivia

When Louis starts preaching on the beach from the Book of Mormon he selects Mosiah 4:18-19 which are verses from an address by King Benjamin concerning giving of food and other substance to the poor. These are very appropriate considering his own lack of substance. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lozano: [the elders are playing basketball on "P" day. Speaking to Elder Farrell] Come on. Get in here man, we're getting our butts kicked.
[Elder Farrell shakes his head negatively]
Elder Mangum: Come on Farrell, we're one man short.
Sister Savea: I'll do it.
Elder Mangum: I said, we're one MAN short.
Sister Savea: You're one short man, that's what you are.
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Crazy Credits

Gwen Dutcher is credited as "Mr. Dutcher's Sexy Wife." See more »

Connections

Features Sky Kids (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Here We Go
Written and Performed by Grits (as The Grits)
Courtesy of Gotee Records
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Thought provoking movie
10 November 2005 | by onemoretime1998See all my reviews

I have become a big Richard Dutcher fan. I always spend several days after seeing his movies thinking about the implications. States of Grace is by far his best offering. I think I liked it so well because it tells an LDS story that is not only realistic but can hold meaning for anyone of faith. It is very well crafted and the cinematography is just beautiful. The acting ranges from good to extremely good and as always in a Richard Dutcher movie the symbolism is deep.

My wife liked this movie so much because she felt that it told the truth. Bad things happen in the lives of good people everyday and Dutcher does a phenomenal job of looking at what that life can become when viewed through a spiritual filter. Something that would have little significance for one person may be a profound life changing event for another. This film demonstrates that and shows how all lives can be touched by the atonement of Jesus Christ. I never thought that I would see a movie that could tell such a gritty and true story and yet communicate so powerfully the universality of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a great movie for Mormons but I can easily see why non LDS people would have trouble getting by the depiction of Mormon culture....too bad, I think anyone of faith could be uplifted by the message of this film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

God's Army 2: States of Grace See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,321, 6 November 2005

Gross USA:

$203,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$203,144
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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