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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 the uncompromising Professor Radisson requires all students to submit a signed statement that the "God is dead" and never existed. When Josh refuses due to his own Christian beliefs, the Professor challenges him to defend his position that his god, Yahweh, is real, leading to a series of confrontational presentations between himself and the professor, with the class as jury. Josh's plans to go to law school depend on not failing this class. Josh's girlfriend urges him not to throw away his future with this pointless act of defiance. At the same time, Pastor Dave and African missionary Jude attempt to leave town on a trip, but are hindered by comical accidents. Student Ayisha is at odds with her father's conservative religious principles. Businessman Mark acts cynically towards his mentally ill mother, while his journalist girlfriend receives bad news from a doctor. Written by BakedEel

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

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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The entire movie was shot in approximately 20 days. See more »

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When Ayisha's brother Fahid sneaks into her bedroom and pulls the iPod away that she is listening to the Bible on, you see the earphone jack pull out as the cord is stretched tight and the earphones come out of Ayisha's ears. In the next shot Fahid is holding the iPod and the earphones are very clearly plugged into the iPod jack. As Ayisha lies back down on the bed, the earphones are once again unplugged and laying next to her. See more »

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Mark: You prayed and believed your whole life. Never done anything wrong. And here you are. You're the nicest person I know. I am the meanest. You have dementia. My life is perfect. Explain that to me!
Mina's Mother: Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn't want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn't seem to be any reason to leave. The door's wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut,...
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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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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Sabotage/Noah/God's Not Dead (2014) See more »

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God's Not Dead
Performed by Newsboys
Written by Daniel Bashta
(c) 2010 worshiptogether.com Songs (ASCAP) sixsteps Music (ASCAP) Go Forth Sounds (ASCAP) (adm. at EMICMGPublishing.com)
All rights reserved. Used by permission
Newsboys appear courtesy of Inpop Records
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This Movie Likely Isn't For You
5 July 2015 | by JyoeruSee all my reviews

One need not spend any more time in this movie than the opening scene to get a feel for how they will spend the rest of the movie: uncomfortable. Right from the opener, we're introduced to most of the actors we're going to deal with. Aside from the protagonist, Josh Wheaton, everyone else is presented as miserable or aloof or unfortunate or struggling or some other state of dismal and uptight. The difference? Josh wears a cross around his neck.

Anyone desiring to watch this movie will know from the hype around it or basic plot summary this film uses a linear Christian vs. atheist platform. They probably expect to get some thinking points or mild entertainment from it, but let me assure you that the intended audience is not you. This film was created as a blankey- and-pacifier for the groomed, self-righteous Christian who views themselves as a neo- martyr fettered by a licentious and brazen anti- God society. It serves more as a call to war than as a reasonable conversation held between two sides. And everyone who isn't a Christian is the enemy.

I can't think of a film that offended me more than this one, and it accomplished that by the time our protagonist and antagonist had their first encounter. Though, to some credit against a lot of reviews that decry Mr. Raddison's approach, I've met philosophy instructors who challenged people in exactly the same fascist style offered in this film. But even with the initial conflict comes the reality that a billion different options were present for Josh, and he chose the most confrontational one possible. Of the stereotypes presented, I'd say the one employed for the neo-martyr Christian's approach to those in disagreement with them was perhaps the most accurate. That, and the unapologetic monologue offered by Willie Robertson near the start, which did everything but give him wings and a halo, best demonstrated the reason for my sentiments of discontent every time I get done talking to someone who's a fan of Duck Dynasty.

I'd like to qualify my sentiments as thus: I am a Lutheran by upbringing. I have my own relationship with God and frequently engage in the conversation with atheists paramount to this film's plot. I frequently find myself upset with the scripted circular- logic sentiments offered by the common atheist (as well as those from the average self-identifying Christian).

And furthermore, I found it quite ironic that the person they chose to represent a "God-hating atheist" is Kevin Sorbo, whose career was largely spent as Hercules. For those of you who are not familiar with this fact, watch the first season of Hercules, then watch this film. For the rest of you who are familiar, just pretend like he still is playing that role.


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