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God's Not Dead (2014)

PG | | Drama | 21 March 2014 (USA)
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College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson's curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.

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Harold Cronk

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Hunter Dennis (story), Chuck Konzelman (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Sorbo ... Professor Radisson
Shane Harper ... Josh Wheaton
David A.R. White ... Reverend Dave
Dean Cain ... Marc Shelley
Willie Robertson ... Willie Robertson
Korie Robertson ... Korie Robertson
Hadeel Sittu ... Ayisha
Paul Kwo ... Martin Yip
Trisha LaFache ... Amy
Cory Oliver ... Mina
Benjamin A. Onyango ... Reverend Jude (as Benjamin Oyango)
Marco Khan ... Misrab
Cassidy Gifford ... Kara
Jesse Wang ... Martin's Father
Lenore Banks ... Mina's Mother
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Storyline

Freshman university student Josh Wheaton attends a philosophy class, where Professor Radisson requires all students to submit a signed statement staying "God is dead" and never existed. When Josh refuses (due to his own beliefs), the professor challenges him to defend his position, leading to a series of confrontational presentations between himself and the professor, with the class as jury. Written by BakedEel

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"What do you believe?" See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, brief violence and an accident scene | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deus Não Está Morto See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,244,641, 23 March 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,755,732

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,838,966
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title comes from a book of the same name by Dr. Rice Broocks, which focuses on the subject of apologetics (Greek "apologia" for an intellectual defense). Broocks is credited with having provided apologetics research on the film as well. The song performed by the Newsboys was actually written by Daniel Bashta and originally titled "Like A Lion". See more »

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While interviewing the Robertsons, Lisa is using her iPhone 4S as an audio recorder, however the microphone is facing away from the interviewers. See more »

Quotes

Josh Wheaton: I could drop the class, run away, pretend like it never happened, which is what my girlfriend wants. I could sign the paper saying something I don't believe. Or I commit academic suicide in front of a live audience by trying to prove that God exists.
Reverend Dave: How many people in that class?
Josh Wheaton: Eighty maybe.
Reverend Dave: And how may of them do you think would ever step foot in here, or any other church for matter?
Josh Wheaton: Well, none probably.
Reverend Dave: So, your acceptance of this challenge, if you decide to accept it, may be the only ...
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At the end of the film, the concert attendees are asked to text the phrase "God's Not Dead" to every contact on their phone. The credits then read, "Join the movement Text everyone you know", inviting the movie audience to do the same. See more »

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Save a Life
Performed by Manic Drive
Written by Shawn Cavallo, Michael Cavallo, Michele Cavallo
(c) 2011 L4M3 Publishing (SESAC)/Cavallo Publishing (SESAC)/Manic Drive Publishing (SESAC)
Manic Drive appears courtesy of Inpop Records and BEMA Media
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A Genre Upgrade Worth Seeing
25 March 2014 | by famijoly04See all my reviews

God's Not Dead delves deeper into the complex reality of life for people in this postmodern world than its predecessors in the evangelical Protestant big-screen efforts. God's Not Dead definitely represents a step up in quality over films such as Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. A higher budget brought an overall improvement in the cinema experience for the viewer. That and stronger acting and sharper editing drove along this evangelical Protestant film's most obvious upgrade to this reviewer: the genuine development of more characters.

Could that have been even stronger? Yes. Could it have been a bit more balanced? Yes. But I applaud the makers of God's Not Dead for exploring real human complexities, and that's a river most evangelical Protestants are reluctant if not downright unwilling to swim. In God's Not Dead, for example, we see a university coed raised Muslim converting to Christianity, and, while her father is violent in his reaction to learning of his daughter's conversion, both before that scene and at the end of that scene, we see a human dad sincerely striving to raise his children as best he can and his genuine disappointment over his daughter's loss of the faith of her upbringing. What Christian cannot have empathy with this father, despite a difference in beliefs? Another example is the sudden disappearance from the movie of a female character that played an important supporting role in the first half of the film. The reason for the disappearance demonstrates that while immersing teens in church youth group activities can be very beneficial in faith development, genuine and abiding faith is shaped through real-time life experiences. In other words, for this female character, her Christianity was as external as her overly thick makeup.

And many of the other characters were not left at the superficial level, we actually found out what made them tick, what drove them to be the way they are.

The classroom discussions over the existence of God can spur viewers, no matter their beliefs, to investigate for themselves and perhaps be less afraid of opposing viewpoints.

All that said, the movie's makers couldn't help themselves in forcing piecing of the puzzle by going to the evangelical Protestant "Come to Jesus" solution in unrealistic settings that stretch the imagination. That they left a few developed characters "unsaved" contributes to a more -- notice I said more -- realistic feel about this flick than about many others in this genre.

For the genuine effort made in developing characters and presenting a more realistic setting for people wrestling with the God question in their lives, I give God's Not Dead a passing grade of 7 and urge people to attend this movie.


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