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Salvation Boulevard (2011)

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Set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.

Director:

George Ratliff

Writers:

Douglas Stone (screenplay) (as Doug Max Stone), George Ratliff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Connelly ... Gwen Vandermeer
Greg Kinnear ... Carl Vandermeer
Pierce Brosnan ... Dan Day
Ed Harris ... Peter Blaylock
Jan Radcliff Jan Radcliff ... Moderator
Ciarán Hinds ... Jim Hunt
Jim Gaffigan ... Jerry Hobson
Marisa Tomei ... Honey Foster
Isabelle Fuhrman ... Angie Vandermeer
Mary Callaghan Lynch Mary Callaghan Lynch ... Bedelia Hobson
Cree Kelly ... Tabitha (as Christine Kelly)
Randy Ryan ... Duane the AV Guy
Mike Eshaq Mike Eshaq ... Ahmad the Security Guard
Julia Glander Julia Glander ... Protest Leader
Michael Maurice Michael Maurice ... Officer Bill Peale
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Set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.

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For Carl, salvation turned out to be a tight squeeze!


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Rated R for some language, violence, drug material and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agios me to zori See more »

Filming Locations:

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,208, 17 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,445, 21 August 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear appeared in The Matador (2005) and I Don't Know How She Does It (2011). See more »

Goofs

Carl's father-in-law introduces himself as "Jim Hunt, Petty Chief U.S. Navy, retired." There is no such thing as a "Petty Chief" rank in any service. The correct Navy ranks are Chief Petty Officer, Senior Chief Petty Officer, or Master Chief Petty Officer. See more »

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Peter Blaylock: Where does religion come from? It comes from fear. Belief in the supernatural arose to protect us from the frightening unknown. Whether it be volcanoes, thunder, lightning, earthquake, death, evil, somewhere along the line the supernatural became God, and the unknown became Satan.
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Features Legend (1985) See more »

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I'm Drunk and Real High (In the Spirit of God)
Written by Ada Richards
Performed by Ada Richards
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good cast tries hard but film is pretty half hearted on the whole
22 July 2011 | by mbsSee all my reviews

Film should've been better. Kinnear somewhat underplays a space case who somehow agrees to take the fall for an attempted murder that Brosnan's character commits, and then comes to has second thoughts about. Brosnan overplays the petulant and self righteous pastor. Both actors are two i've long thought of as nicely underrated actors in general--the chemistry between the two of them was so nice in 2005's "The Matador" that i was more than a little disappointed that the two of them spend the large majority of this film in their own separate plot lines and only have a limited amount of screen time together here. What you have here is a halfway decent set-up for some halfway decently thought up characters whom are all wasted in a messy barrage of scenes where one thing happens, then another, and then a third thing happens, but none of what happens means anything to any of the characters, and with the exception of maybe the increasingly anxious Kinnear--none of what is happening seems to mean anything to the actors playing them as well. This plot line and these characters probably made a lot more sense in the novel that this is based on...and i can see there is a solid raucous sense of humor going on in some scenes where the mechanics of the plot aren't in the way--like say Kinnear's handful of scenes with Marisa Tomei who's a spacey female interested in him.

Whenever i read something that i think would make a good movie i forget to take into account that when you're retelling someone else's story as a film you can't take into account the motives and inner thoughts of all the characters in a story. Despite some attempts made the film largely doesn't tell you what the characters are thinking while their reacting. (Pierce Brosnan's character for example has a moment in the shower where his phone rings and the caller reads unknown-and he shudders and groans clearly unhappy about getting this call-but why? what does he think this call is? how could he possibly know what's happening? half the time i was watching him i was wondering just what his motivation was other then staying out of jail--why does he care about Greg Kinnear even after he framed him for murder? why does he care about Ed Harris even after he shot him? why is he doing anything at all here?) How exactly does Marisa Tomei's character fit into the film again? what was her connection with the murder plot exactly? how did she know that kinnear was really innocent even before he told her? What she just knew because of his character? Why does Jennifer Connelly (who plays Kinnear's born again wife and is completely unimportant to the plot as a whole) insist on maintaining a relation with Kinnear despite the fact that its clear that the two of them are completely wrong for each other (come to think of it why was he with her in the first place--i get that she saw him as a project to work on--but why did he bother getting himself cleaned up and seeking religion with her when he was clearly so much happier as a dead-head and she was so clearly in love with Brosnan's pastor character? why am i even asking this when again she clearly doesn't matter to the story.) This movie does not work as a whole and its a shame because they clearly had something almost good here. This is exactly why you need to have characters a viewer should care about in addition to decently done chase scenes and somewhat amusing characters in somewhat amusing circumstances.


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