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Persecuted (2014)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 18 July 2014 (USA)
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An evangelist finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to back a senator's proposition calling for sweeping religious reform.


Daniel Lusko


Daniel Lusko





Credited cast:
James Remar ... John Luther
Dean Stockwell ... Dave Wilson
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Mr. Gray (as Raoul Trujillo)
Bruce Davison ... Sen. Donald Harrison
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Dr. Charles Luther
Forrest Fyre ... Church Board Member
Amy Baklini ... Staffer
Tabatha Shaun ... Alex O'Connor
John Christian Love ... Nolan (as Brandon K. Hampton)
Augusta Allen-Jones ... Kathy
Matthew Page ... William
Debrianna Mansini ... Agent Rivera
Mark Sivertsen ... Mr. Broad
David House David House ... Agent Clark
Lauren Poole ... Hotel Clerk


Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator and Luther's own supporters abduct and frame him in the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. Out on personal recognizance, Luther escapes police surveillance in search of the truth. And suddenly a once-normal life is targeted by a team of ex-military operatives who wage a relentless campaign to eliminate the incriminating evidence. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with, or profiting from, the girl's murder. It's a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire American Christian community. Written by Daniel Lusko

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


I will not be silent. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En busca y captura See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$851,391, 20 July 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,175,045, 1 August 2015
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Luther: If you take away a man's freedom to speak his mind in a country founded on that very principle, then we have no country at all.
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Referenced in Marcus & Joni: Episode dated 10 July 2014 (2014) See more »

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Not ready for prime time
22 July 2014 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

Personally I'm unaware that Christians are being persecuted in the U.S., so if you are and this is an important issue to you, you'll probably see the film in a different light. It seems to me that most of the televangelists who have been exposed for sexual and financial mis-deeds (Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Baker) were actually guilty of these mis-deeds, but I'm also skeptical about the justice system and I like a good conspiracy film.

Putting aside the basic theme of the film, and looking at it only as a movie, the film is certainly not big screen worthy. The plot moves so slowly you'd think this was a French film. The actors are all first rate actors, but they must have been phoning it in for this film. James Remar is particularly disappointing, but perhaps I associate him too much with films like "The Warriors", "48 Hrs", and "Cotton Club". The plot is also a little silly, and there are so many plot flaws you keep asking yourself questions like "Why didn't he make a copy of the video?"

Daniel Lusko, the writer/director says he was inspired by the "Holy Spirit" and that seems evident. It's a film that speaks more of inspiration than aspiration or perspiration. Many of the people involved in the film are first timers, and for a first time production, the film is pretty good, but still not ready for prime time.

The film was originally screened at the National Religious Broadcasters convention and again at the Conservative Political Action conference. These seem to be appropriate venues for the film. But the big screen – no.

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