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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

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Acholi

Release Date:

2 November 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El rescate See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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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

When Sam is being baptized the preacher puts him backwards in the tank of water but Sam's clothes are already wet. 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 Take the Tower: Episode #1.5 (2018) See more »

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Amazing Grace
Arranged by Tenton Voraritskul
Performed by Rhema Marvanne (as Rehma Voraritskul)
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Had to travel to Denver to see it, but it was worth it.
31 October 2011 | by biztecSee all my reviews

The interesting observation after viewing this film at the historic Mayan Theater in downtown Denver was that every female was crying by the end and the men were poker-faced. Also of interest is that the negative reviews, which are often unnecessarily unkind to Gerard Butler, and unhelpful to the reader, often seem to have been posted by males. Sure, women around the world are crazy about Gerard Butler, but come on, this was an astounding performance about the life of an awe-inspiring man. If you didn't like the film, walked out, or wanted to punch Mr. Butler in the face, then donate the cost of your ticket to Angels of East Africa. My final comment is that Mr. Butler produced this film because it wouldn't have been made otherwise. This is a story that had to be told and he didn't accept his normal fee for his performance; in fact, although I obviously can't confirm it, I heard that he accepted a fraction of a fraction of his normal fee.


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