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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.

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Marc Forster

Writer:

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

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Cast

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

Vera Farmiga was the first choice to play Lyn, but dropped out due to pregnancy. She was replaced by Michelle Monaghan. See more »

Goofs

On one of Sam's final trips to Sudan shown in the film, his wife, daughter, and friend go with him as far as the boarding gate at the airport. For security reasons, after the September 11 terrorist attacks this was no longer permitted. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Machine Gun Preacher Documentary (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Roller
Written by Myles Goodwyn
Performed by April Wine
Courtesy of Unidisc Music Inc.
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Heart Wrenching and Poignant
21 September 2011 | by angeltriggsSee all my reviews

I saw a screening last night at the DGA, and wasn't prepared for what I was about to witness. I was in tears several times during the film. It was something that will stick with me forever. I think the fact that this was a true story made it even more powerful.

The whole cast was really wonderful, but Michelle Monaghan stands out in my mind. That girl is a true talent, and hearing her speak after the movie made me realize how invested she is, not only in the film part of the project, but in the charity with Sam Childers as well. Such impressive work, both in front of and behind the camera.

The movie made me want to help. It made me angry that our military, government, and governments across the planet have neglected these people.

I am still reeling from seeing this. Brilliant, moving, and absolutely gut wrenching.

Did someone say Oscar?


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