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Least Among Saints (2012)

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A haunted soldier just back from war and a boy who has never known peace in his home life embark on a life-changing journey as they become unlikely friends -- and one another's last shot at redemption.

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Martin Papazian

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Martin Papazian

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Papazian ... Anthony
Tristan Lake Leabu ... Wade
Laura San Giacomo ... Jolene
Azura Skye ... May
Audrey Marie Anderson ... Jenny
A.J. Cook ... Cheryl
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Ronnie
Charles S. Dutton ... George
Taylor Kinney ... Jessie
Lombardo Boyar ... Armando
Doug Purdy ... Billy (as Douglas Purdy)
Kari Nissena ... Beth
Nayo Wallace ... Balek, Sandy
Braden Plagge Braden Plagge ... Jeremy
Max Charles ... Dylan
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Writer, director and actor Martin Papazian's debut film LEAST AMONG SAINTS movingly illustrates a man's hard-fought road towards reconciling with his better self. Coming home to a broken marriage and uncertain future, veteran Anthony Hayward (Papazian) thinks he's at the end of his rope. But when his troubled ten year-old neighbor, Wade (Tristan Lake Leabu), calls out for help, Anthony can't seem to turn away. To the dismay of the boy's embattled social worker (Laura San Giacomo), Anthony sets out on a fool's quest to help this heartbroken but hard to reach child find his long-lost father, who might not even exist. Yet in the midst of this new mission - the first that seems to matter since his return -- Anthony begins to come to grips with both the costs of war and the universal power of human connection. As the film builds to an emotional climax, Papazian finds both the gravity and the grace in ordinary, flawed characters pushed to extraordinary acts of compassion and decency. Written by Martin Papazian

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From a battlefield...or a broken home...The least among us become our saints.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnetka, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,774, 14 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,026, 4 November 2012
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The Vertical Home Entertainment DVD release showcases various war battles going on on its cover art, none of which are in the film at all. See more »

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Did you ever do something wrong, because it was the right thing to do?
13 October 2012 | by IJIN_StudiosSee all my reviews

Martin Papazian didn't do anything wrong when he put his heart into the production of LEAST AMONG SAINTS, a story regrettably true-to-life in its depiction of Anthony Hayworth, an 8-year veteran of the United States Marine Corp, struggling with his return to civilian life.

As a Writer Papazian does a wonderful job of weaving a believable story, with honest characters and situations, and just a few continuity issues (you know how I am about details) . And no, the story isn't anything new, or ground-breaking, but it is happening today and will continue into the near future. Hirsch-Papazian have produced a film every American, because there will be a military veteran in their future, a vet who often risked everything in our name, and may be needing some help adjusting to being home, in addition to our thanks.

As a Director Papazian brought out performances from his cast that are in-line with my own sense of reality. From the fresh-face of Tristan Lake Leabu, to the quirkiness of Laura San Giacomo (who i love and expect to be quirky) almost all of the performances felt organic.

Sgt. Anthony Hayworth, our returning hero struggles with his demons and Martin Papazian's performance as a man often at odds with himself, rings true, or as Anthony's ex-wife says, "He's a good guy, sometimes he just tries to hard." Martin's acting is never trying or hard, I spent a decade in the military community, and I've met men like Sgt. Anthony Hayworth before. He was a friend of mine.

I enjoyed "Lest Among Saints" because it made me think (that's my thing). And each of us are capable of becoming "least among saints", but only when we choose to give a darn about someone else, and then try to make a difference.

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