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What Would Jesus Buy? (2007)

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An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Adetola Abiade Adetola Abiade ... Alto
Paul Allen Paul Allen ... Tenor
Paul Norman Allen Paul Norman Allen ... Paul
Paul Norman Allen Paul Norman Allen ... Tenor
Shannon Baxter Shannon Baxter ... Soprano
Rick Becker Rick Becker ... Trombone
James Solomon Benn James Solomon Benn ... Choir Director / Choreographer
Reverend Billy Reverend Billy ... Reverend Billy
Ben Cerf Ben Cerf ... Bass
Misun Choi Misun Choi ... Soprano
Ben Dubin-Thaler Ben Dubin-Thaler ... Bass
Savitri Durkee Savitri Durkee ... Church Director
Leah Farrell Leah Farrell ... Tenor
Gina Figueroa ... Alto
Mike Flthye Mike Flthye ... Drums


An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.) The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America's mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands - Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement. Written by Warrior Poets Releasing

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The movie Santa doesn't want you to see!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and brief mild language

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Release Date:

16 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bentonville, Arkansas, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,527, 18 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$196,990, 30 December 2007
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Safeway (about 40 minutes into the film) identified as Oakland, is in fact in Berkeley. See more »

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Reverend Billy Inspires and Delights
14 November 2007 | by krandolph27See all my reviews

I just saw the free screening in New York City last Sunday. I have to say I am amazed that there hasn't been more films about the uncontrolled rate of consumerism that is plaguing our nation. However, certainly What Would Jesus Buy has set the mark paving the way for other anti-consumerism films. Reverend Billy is absolutely compelling and hilarious to watch. He has the charisma and virtues of a true revolutionist; yet, he makes you smile and laugh along the way. His funny and poignant sermons make even the most pessimistic atheist want to attend church just to listen to him. All I have to say is take the family to see this movie and regain a sense of not only the Christmas spirit, but the American spirit as well.

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