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Faith Happens (2006)

"LIFE WILL KNOCK YOU DOWN. THIS FILM WILL PICK YOU UP." This true story is about ordinary people who discover that faith happens in the midst of lifes twists and turns. Every incident in ... See full synopsis »


Rick Garside


Rick Garside


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Marchiano ... Peter
Peter Husmann Peter Husmann ... John
Sierra Wingert Sierra Wingert ... Amy
James Wong ... Jimmy
Austin Kemie Austin Kemie ... Masa
Cole Barager ... Eddie
Peggy Lord Chilton Peggy Lord Chilton ... Mary
Sandra Staggs ... Renee
Patricia Place Patricia Place ... Alice
Frederick Stuart ... Jacob (as Freddy Douglas)
Britt George ... Agent Gardner
Victor Samuel Lopez ... Carlos (as Victor Cohn-Lopez)
Gabriel Byer ... Adam
Lisa Cole ... Cathy
Veronica Bero ... Barbara


"LIFE WILL KNOCK YOU DOWN. THIS FILM WILL PICK YOU UP." This true story is about ordinary people who discover that faith happens in the midst of lifes twists and turns. Every incident in this film is based on actual events that came from the same small church. What do a drug addict, a feisty old lady, an African refugee, an ex-boxer, a salesman and a Chinese entrepreneur have in common? They are all connected through Heights Community Church.

Nine-year old Amy, who, in her own words has been grown up a long time, deals with problems that would break many a grown up. She wonders about why things happen and whether God is out there looking after us.

John - the pastor, faces this question himself as his wife lies dying of cancer and his estranged son has dropped off the face of the earth. In order to experience Gods grace, he learns If you're going through hell, don't stop.

Amy discovers that miracles do happen, tragedy strikes when you least expect, and God is not always easy to understand...

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Release Date:

2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Fullerton, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Side By Side Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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real life stories and real performances make it a great film!
22 April 2008 | by rdp58See all my reviews

I've seen this film a few times now. It gets better and somehow more meaningful each time. Along with Rick Garside's excellent screenplay and masterful direction (the "glue") it's the characters that take you through this journey of troubles, trials and tribulations (all of which are based on true stories in this film) and remind you of what faith is (or can be) in ways any and all can relate to. It's a good thing that pretty much all of this talented cast are, at the moment, unfamiliar faces to the movie going public. It adds to its realism, message and believability--all without being "preachy", an element that sometimes can cause an audience to squirm under even under the best faith-based intentions. This film is one that will make you laugh, cry and smile--all while keeping you interested in the characters and story as it moves forward, up, down and all around. It's a must see for everyone. Enjoy!

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