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The Encounter (2010)

| Drama | 3 May 2011 (USA)
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Five strangers with nothing in common are forced to come together at a remote roadside eatery because of a road closure. They place their orders with the diner's omniscient owner, who seems... See full summary »


David A.R. White


Jason Cusick (story), Sean Paul Murphy | 3 more credits »





Credited cast:
Bruce Marchiano ... Jesus
Steve Borden ... Nick (as Steve 'Sting' Borden)
Jaci Velasquez ... Melissa
Jamie Nieto ... Hank
Danah Davis ... Catherine
Madison Gibney ... Kayla
Kass Connors Kass Connors ... Officer Deville
Marc Davies Marc Davies ... Officer Tom
Connor Greenbaum Connor Greenbaum ... Young Nick
Elizabeth Ince ... Sadie
Alexandra Samia Alexandra Samia ... Young Melissa
Olivia Samia Olivia Samia ... Annie
Tom Saab Tom Saab ... Self
William Waters William Waters ... Drunken Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessica Belkin ... Aubrey


Five strangers with nothing in common are forced to come together at a remote roadside eatery because of a road closure. They place their orders with the diner's omniscient owner, who seems to know everything about them... and claims he is Jesus. Written by Viewer

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Did You Know?


As the characters are leaving the diner, one can read on the door "Breakfast Served Anytime". This is a neat reference to the food (analogous to salvation by His grace) that Jesus had offered to all the strangers in the diner. If the strangers accepted the food, they would have broken their (spiritual) fast. See more »


The first policeman's shoulder patch reads, "Metropolitan Police," but he is driving a "Highway Patrol" car. See more »


Jesus: Would you like some water?
Melissa: Yeah.
Kayla: Do you have any coffee?
Jesus: I'm sorry, all I serve here is water.
Kayla: You have got to be kidding me.
Melissa: This tastes great.
Jesus: It's my own recipe. Two molecules of hydrogen and one of oxygen.
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Followed by The Encounter: Paradise Lost (2012) See more »

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Great movie with an interesting twist on the reality of Jesus

First of all I find it unsettling that there are some who attack people's ratings of this movie because of a failure to meet a cinematic standard they want to see in a movie or others beliefs as Christians. We're suppose to rate the movie, not peoples ratings or their beliefs.

This is a low budget film, of course it's not going to be on the same level as a major Hollywood blockbuster. But what it lacks in that is made up in the content of the film. The actors chosen for this film are perfect for their roles.

What I enjoyed about The Encounter is the reality of Jesus who knows everybody and how he intervenes and reaches out even when they don't know he is there. The concept of meeting him at a diner I found to be brilliant, making him personable and real. It's put a fresh new perspective of him in my life and how simple it is to reach out back to him.

This is a different Christian movie than most others and really refreshing. It really showed the reality of the choices we are faced with and the consequences, both good and bad of those choices, and the constant battle between good and evil.

If you're a Christian, you'll love this movie, if you're not, it's definitely worth giving it a chance because believe it or not, this movie shows a real side of Jesus you won't find anywhere else. It succeeds in showing how real and approachable Jesus really is. There are much worse things you could waste your time watching.

I would have given it a 10 except that there were times the camera shook, like the camera man either moved the tripod or the shot was hand held. Even for a low budget film, camera shake is really not acceptable.

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