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Ragamuffin (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 9 January 2014 (USA)
Based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Koch ... Rich Wayne Mullins
... Sam Howard
... John Mullins
Carson Aune ... Justin
... Jessica (as Elizabeth Ann Roberts)
... Sprinkle
... Beth
Mitch McVicker ... Himself
... Matt Gast
... Bryan Bontrager
... Brennan Manning
Amy Schultz ... Amy Grant
Bill Clem ... Gary
... Neva Mullins
Dave Mullins ... Radio DJ Randy
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Based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion and conformity. Written by Code

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In the end it's not gonna matter if you have a few scars, but it will matter if you didn't live.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and smoking

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Followed by Rich Mullins: A Ragamuffin's Legacy (2014) See more »

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Verge of a Miracle
Written by Rich Mullins
Performed by Michael Koch
Musical Arrangement by Jerrold Launer
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Rich Mullins: the pain and honesty behind the genius
9 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Overall, I was pleased with the honesty of the film. There was a darkness in his soul similar to Mother Teresa's spiritual darkness. That pain certainly came out in his music and is the big reason I listened to him then and still today. Love was not just a feeling. I was disappointed they skipped his exploration of Catholicism considering the rest of the honesty in the film, but they did pay homage to St. Francis.

The Brennan Manning scenes were powerful. Michael Koch sang/played the music believably and his acting was above average. It was a nice touch to have Mitch McVicker in the film. Sometimes on these Christian films the acting can be sub par, but I did not see it here.

The film runs 2.5 hours and they could have cut it down some, but I didn't feel bored, and the people I went with cried at the more emotional scenes. That tells me that they were certainly engaged.

I would recommend the film and encourage people to rediscover his music.


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