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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

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Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.

Director:

Marc Forster

Writer:

Jason Keller
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... Sam Childers
Michelle Monaghan ... Lynn Childers
Kathy Baker ... Daisy
Michael Shannon ... Donnie
Ryann Campos Ryann Campos ... Paige #1
Madeline Carroll ... Paige #2
Souleymane Sy Savane ... Deng
Grant R. Krause Grant R. Krause ... Billy / Contractor (as Grant Krause)
Reavis Graham Reavis Graham ... Pastor Krause
Peter Carey ... Bill Wallace
Barbara Coven Barbara Coven ... Shannon Wallace
Misty Mills Misty Mills ... Biker Chick
Nicole Dupre Sobchack ... Bartender (as Nicole Sobchack)
Sidi Henderson ... Shaved Head
Mike Litaker Mike Litaker ... Drifter
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Storyline

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, addicted gang biker Sam Childers is released from prison and learns that his wife Lynn is no longer a stripper but has converted to Christianity. One night, Sam and his best friend Donnie give a ride to a hitchhiker who threatens Donnie with a pocketknife; however Sam reacts and turns the tables on the stranger. Sam is affected by the incident and is convinced by Lynn and his mother Daisy to join their church, and he is baptized. Sam finds a straight job in construction. When he meets a preacher from Africa, he decides to visit the continent. Sam travels to Northern Uganda and South Sudan many times and builds an orphanage for the victims of the cruel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Further, he fights whenever necessary and becomes a legend known as The Machine Gun Preacher. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Hope is the greatest weapon of all


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Acholi

Release Date:

2 November 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El rescate See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,130, 25 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$538,690, 1 December 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,104,633, 12 August 2012
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The real Sam Childers, on whom the story is based, shows screenings of a heavily-edited version of the film in churches around the world. The proceeds of which are used to support his ongoing work in South Sudan. See more »

Goofs

The film depicts Sam in the Allegheny County Jail, but he is wearing the uniform of a PA Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Prison Clerk: [returning his belongings] You ya go.
Sam Childers: You all go fuck yourselves now, okay?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credit roll, clips and pictures of original main characters (Sam Childers, Lynn, Paige & SPLA Soldier, Deng) are shown. See more »


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Truth is it isn't a Great movie or a Bad one either
27 February 2012 | by alex-b-katzmannSee all my reviews

The movie stars Gerald Butler and his life transformation from a pitiless biker to a church builder avenger.

A lot of criticism of this movie comes from people crying out against white superiority or religious propaganda, in my opinion this movie does neither and anyone that have read books and documentaries about Africa knows that the situation over there does require occidental involvement in any form to help those countries until they can manage their own states by themselves, of course dependency on foreign aid is another issue but let's no get into that.

My problem with the movie that is said to be based on a 'true' story comes from the script itself. I did not believe Gerard Butler's transformation from a ruthless bandit that forces his wife to go back to stripping instead of working in a mall, not saying that this is impossible in real life, but that the way they presented it was lacking realism.

The rest of the movie sends a good message about people implicating in Africa's civil wars, and especially Sudan although the situation has since changed with South Sudan's new sovereign state. A good way to this at home is perhaps to visit and give support to African based groups advocating for a united Africa with real bureaucracies, laws, corruption-free police.

For a movie that talks about Africa The Machine Gun Preacher is less than stellar compared to many others, not because of it's message but because of it's content and I didn't think it portrayed white superiority in any kind and I don't think supporting white Christian churches for their actions in Africa is a bad message anyone saying the contrary should ask themselves what are they doing that those churches aren't.


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