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Come Sunday (2018)

TV-14 | | Drama | 13 April 2018 (USA)
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Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.


Joshua Marston


Marcus Hinchey, Russell Cobb (based on a radio story from WBEZ's This American Life, reported by) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Carlton Pearson
Gerard Catus ... Announcer
Allie McCulloch ... Lawyer
LaKeith Stanfield ... Reggie (as Keith Stanfield)
Jason Segel ... Henry
Stacey Sargeant ... Nicky
Condola Rashad ... Gina Pearson
Andrew Masset ... John Heines
Selena Anduze ... Claire
Danny Glover ... Quincy
Nic Starr Nic Starr ... Terry Allen
Martin Sheen ... Oral Roberts
Ric Reitz ... Richard Roberts
Dustin Lewis ... Ron
Tonea Stewart ... Lillie Ruth


Based on an episode of the public radio series This American Life, which centers on Bishop Carlton Pearson, a rising star among evangelicals until he was ostracized by his own church and declared a heretic after he started preaching that there is no Hell. Written by Anonymous

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Believer. Preacher. Heretic.




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13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Robert Redford was originally attached to portray Carlton Pearson's mentor, famed evangelist, Oral Roberts. During pre-production, he had to leave the film to take another, allowing Martin Sheen to play Oral Roberts. See more »


Carlton Pearson: Things are going okay, you skate by. When they're not, the sky falls in.
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Old Songs Medley: Hold onto God's Unchanging Hand/I'm a Soldier/He's the Great Consolator/I Get Joy When I Think About It/By & By/All the Way/Yes, Lord/Just Another Day/I Feel Like Going On
Written by Kenny Gamble and Cecil D. Womack (as Cecil Womack)
Performed by Carlton Pearson
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Word Entertainment
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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You can't beat the message of this movie, but still it's missing something.
27 April 2018 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'COME SUNDAY': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A drama about Bishop Carlton Pearson, who was ostracized by his own church for preaching the belief that there is no Hell. The film was directed by Joshua Marston, and it was written by Marcus Hinchey. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jason Segel, Lakeith Stanfield, Condola Rashad, Martin Sheen and Danny Glover. The movie has received mostly negative reviews from critics, and it was released by Netflix through it's streaming site. I found it to be really good in many ways, but it's still missing something.

Ejiofor stars as Bishop Carlton Pearson, who was at one time very popular with evangelicals. Then one day he started preaching that there might not be a Hell, and everyone might be 'saved' by God, despite their religious beliefs. He was then ostracized by his own church, and rejected by many of his closest friends and family. This movie tells his story, and it's based on an episode of the public radio series 'This American Life'.

I love the message of this film; about rebelling against authority, and what's accepted as normal, to always support what's right. It's also of course about inclusion, and challenging traditionalism and religion so that no one is ever left out, or oppressed, even if it means you yourself will be ostracized. You can't beat the message of this movie, and it's nicely shot and directed, plus Ejiofor is fantastic in the lead. Still, even with all of it's strengths, the film seems to be lacking something. It just doesn't quite live up to all of it's great potential, but it's still definitely worth seeing.

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