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Ragamuffin (2014)

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 »

Director:

David Leo Schultz

Writers:

David Holechek (additional story), Dave Mullins (story consultant) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Koch Michael Koch ... Rich Wayne Mullins
David Leo Schultz ... Sam Howard
Mel Fair ... John Mullins
Carson Aune Carson Aune ... Justin
Elizabeth Roberts ... Jessica (as Elizabeth Ann Roberts)
Christie Brooke ... Sprinkle
Cameron Goodman ... Beth
Mitch McVicker Mitch McVicker ... Himself
James Kyson ... Matt Gast
Wolfgang Bodison ... Bryan Bontrager
Charles Lawlor ... Brennan Manning
Amy Schultz Amy Schultz ... Amy Grant
Bill Clem Bill Clem ... Gary
Michelle Keller ... Neva Mullins
Dave 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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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and smoking

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Бродяга See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Morris is played by the real life Sam, Rich's friend from college. And the actor playing the radio interviewer is Rich's real life younger brother David, See more »

Connections

Followed by Rich Mullins: A Ragamuffin's Legacy (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

78 Eatonwood Green
Written by Rich Mullins & Beaker (as David Strasser)
Performed by Garrett Viggers, Sam Stewart, Gabe Martinez
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Authentic To Rich's Way of Life
20 March 2014 | by Grant EnglishSee all my reviews

The storyline is simple enough – the life of Rich Mullins. He is the author of the song "Awesome God" as well as hundreds of others. He was part of a resurgence of contemporary Christian music movement in the 80′s and 90′s - a culture he would come to hate and leave. The film documents his struggles with his faith, addictions and insecurities while his songs were some of the most popular in the world of contemporary Christian music.

If you are looking for a nice, neat film with a simple conflict/resolution arch of a story – Ragamuffin isn't for you. Ragamuffin is a dark, brooding film that exposes the insecurity and grit of Rich Mullins' faith. It's messy. It doesn't resolve. It's redemptive and agonizing. All of which I think is authentic to Rich as well as his God.

The acting and cinematography are top shelf. Michael Koch delivers an incredible performance of being true to Rich's eccentric, authentic faith without pushing the performance into a sappy mess of emotion.

The movie has it all - great acting, great filming, and great storytelling. Highly recommend it.

And stay for the credits for real footage of Rich.


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