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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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Rob Hardy

Writer:

Rob Hardy
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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See It! Live It! Spread It!

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Drama | Music

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gospel See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

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 by Andre Jewell
Performed by Michael Wright (as Big Dre)
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The Prodigal Son...with terrific music!
4 January 2006 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

There is something about THE GOSPEL that makes you want to like it: some fine actors (Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba, Clifton Powell, Tamyra Gray, Aloma Wright, Nona Gaye) and some really terrific gospel singing. Writer/director Rob Hardy stretches the biblical tale of the Prodigal Son to the updated story of the son of a bishop of an evangelical church who runs away to become a R&B singing star only to return to his father when cancer of the prostate signals the end of his life. The 'other' son has inherited the mantle of the bishop with special interests deflecting his commitment to the bishop's origins and the Prodigal Son finally finds acceptance in offering his talents to further the original dream of his father.

The script is conversationally pedestrian but the actors do their best to make credible characters. There is a sense of commitment from the cast of extras that leaves a warm afterglow, but in the end this is a slight story saved by some fine music. Grady Harp, January 05


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