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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.

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George Ratliff

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

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Cast

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Standing In the Need of Prayer
Traditional arrangement by Sleepy LaBeef
Performed by Sleepy LaBeef
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Creative dark comedy that's not afraid to jab at the Big Guy Upstairs
2 May 2013 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

I gotta hand it to writer/director George Ratliff for being so bold. I'm not just talking about offending audiences. I'm saying if God does exist, then there's certainly a hot seat in store for Georgie Boy.

Actually I'm kidding. "Salvation Boulevard", while being unapologetically one-sided, isn't so offensive that religious folks can't laugh about it. I'd like to think it pokes fun at the hypocrisy of certain religious leaders, not religion itself.

But what do I know. I'm pacifist and yet I enjoyed Deathwish 1 thru 5.

Right off the bat, "Salvation Boulevard" gets points for its wacky, original plot. A celebrity televangelist, played by Pierce Brosnan, and a recently-converted (but thoroughly confused) ex-Deadhead, played by Greg Kinnear, get wrapped up in an unintentional crime against an atheist (Ed Norton). Due to a series of panicked, bad decisions, it just keeps getting deeper & deeper for both of them. Our hero, the Deadhead, is sort of an Everyman character who muddles his way through the madness without ever seeming to comprehend what's going on. Conversely, Brosnan the televangelist thinks he's in control, but his situation (and his moral fiber) rapidly unwind as he starts suffering from delusions that the Devil is hot on his trail.

Adding to the fun are some equally wacky characters: Marisa Tomei as the flaky retro-hippie girl, Jennifer Connelly as the insanely obsessed follower, Jim Gaffigan as the even-MORE-insanely obsessed follower (I'm talking "Terminator" obsessed), Yul Vazquez as the comically sinister Mexican crime boss, and a host of others thrown in.

"Salvation Boulevard" is a roller-coaster dark comedy that reminds me of the unknown gems "Grand Theft Parsons" (about 2 guys who decide to steal the body of famed musician Gram Parsons) and "Leaves of Grass" (about a hillbilly and his yuppie brother who get wrapped up in a crazy drug caper). And of course there's the classic oldie "Fletch Lives" (where Chevy Chase takes on a questionable TV ministry). All of these films are worth a watch and should get some lols out of everyone.


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