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The Gospel (2005)

PG | | Drama, Music | 7 October 2005 (USA)
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This is a story about a successful young R&B singer that has an unlikely homecoming when his father, the bishop, becomes ill.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Kodjoe ... David Taylor
Idris Elba ... Reverend Charles Frank
Nona Gaye ... Charlene Taylor Frank
Clifton Powell ... Bishop Fred Taylor
Aloma Wright ... Ernestine
Donnie McClurkin ... Minister Hunter
Omar Gooding ... Wesley
Tamyra Gray ... Rain Walker
Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Maya Walker
Michael J. Pagan ... Young David
Sean Nelson ... Young Frank
Hezekiah Walker Hezekiah Walker ... Brother Gordon
Dwayne Boyd ... Oscar
Tony Vaughn ... Bishop Stackhouse
Justin Hires ... Youngster


A young singer turns his back on God and his father's church when tragedy strikes. He returns years later to find the once powerful congregation in disarray. With his childhood friend creating a "new vision" for the church, he is forced to deal with family turmoil, career suicide, and relationship issues that send him on a collision course with redemption or destruction. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including suggestive material, and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gospel See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,523,571, 9 October 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,778,152, 20 November 2005
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wesley: We have to be back on the road the day after the revival. Otherwise your career is going to be deader than C+C Music Factory.
David Taylor: Who?
Wesley: My point exactly.
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Spin-off The Gospel Live Concert (2005) See more »


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Written, produced and performed by Kirk Franklin
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Bad Actor Alert!
22 August 2006 | by marbleannSee all my reviews

This was a pretty generic movie. If you like Gospel music this will set the mark. But do not look for anything but a text book prodigal son returns story to go along with the music. I probably could of wrote this review without seeing the movie because of the formula for this sort of the movie is the same the players just change.

1) Two boyhood friends

2) Something catastrophic happens to make one of them go astray

3) One stays home and basically becomes the either a Priest, A social Worker, a teacher or a policeman or some other pillar of the community.

4) The other one either became a harden criminal, or rich and famous who has lost his way and has rejected his previous life

5) Something catastrophic brings him home again, Either they are running from the cops. There's a death in the family or a little brother is out of control and is one step away from being on the Top of the FBI's Most Wanted List

6) Man returns only to find his best friend is either bitter or or to good to be true. Then neighborhood is in shambles and the Prostitute or the dope fiend at the corner is his ex girlfriend who left when he ran out of town. Oh and a family member is sicker then expected. And a beloved local landmark, be it a church, a park, a movie theater or high school hangout is being threaten with closure or is in shambles

7) the ending either consist of the person being captured by police in the case of the criminal, after saintly best friend turns him in. Or he decides to stay and use some of the millions he had made to thwart the beloved place from closing down. And if they do not get their ex girlfriend from turning tricks and taking dope they will fall in love with a new girl. Bitter buddy and him have mended fences. And they all live happily ever after. The End.

This movie has a little bit of each of the steps I mentioned with a few variations to the template. I believe the supporting cast was very good and the music was. But the following is a Bad Actor Alert from the Emergency Broadcast System. I loved him on Soul food but Boris Kedjoe was about as convincing as the Singing Nun playing a Usher type R&B star and was equally not convincing as a Gospel singer. That scene at his mothers grave toward the end of movie rivals the bad acting of Vin Diesel. This is a actor who IMO was good and good looking in Soul Food. But something was lacking here. He even looked strangely odd to me. His Co-star Idris Elba from The Wire on the other hand was very good. I think I could watch him in about anything.

I would recommend this move for people who love Gospel music. But for me because of the laziness of the script and the absolutely appalling acting from the lead the movie was barely watchable.

I wanted to comment on the comments about why people dislike this movie. I liked the Ten Commandments, The Fighting Temptations, Kingdom Come etc. My dislike for this movie had nothing to do with some anti religious sentiment. My dislike with the movie is because it was just a big music video with a generic script wrapped around it. Sort of like those bad Elvis Presley movies like Girls! Girls! Girls! when in the script was just added to the his singing. Being there are so little types of these movies being made I believe a lot of people crave them and are more then willing to over look the ineptness of this movie. We should expect more and demand it.

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