A group of Sudanese refugees, given the chance to resettle in the U.S., arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives.

Director:

Philippe Falardeau

Writer:

Margaret Nagle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Carrie
Arnold Oceng ... Mamere
Ger Duany ... Jeremiah
Emmanuel Jal ... Paul
Corey Stoll ... Jack
Kuoth Wiel ... Abital
Femi Oguns Femi Oguns ... Theo
Sarah Baker ... Pamela
Lindsey Garrett ... Jenny
Peterdeng Mongok Peterdeng Mongok ... Young Mamere
Okwar Jale Okwar Jale ... Young Theo
Thon Kueth Thon Kueth ... Young Jeremiah
Deng Ajuet Deng Ajuet ... Young Paul
Keji Jale Keji Jale ... Young Abital
David Madingi David Madingi ... Young Gabriel
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Storyline

Four Sudanese children are orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War. Consequently, they make an arduous and dangerous trek through the plains, enduring hardship, death and sacrifice all the way until they reach safety in a refugee camp in Kenya. Years later, these youths are among 3600 selected for resettlement in America, only to have the one girl among them sent to Boston, while the three boys must to make a new life in Kansas City. Together, these young men must adjust to an alien culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunts them. However, these newcomers, and their new friends like employment counselor Carrie Davis, strive to understand each other in this new home, as they make peace with their histories in a challenge that will change all their lives. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Miracles are made by people who refuse to stop believing.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence, brief strong language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Ger Duany (Jeremiah) is a Sudanese refugee, who suffered as a child soldier before being granted asylum in the United States. See more »

Goofs

In the section of the movie where the refugees travel to the US, there is a scene that shows a Delta Aircraft (767-300ER) landing. The livery shown on the aircraft is the current livery used from 2008-present, also known as the "Upward and Onward" scheme, changed because of the merger with Northwest Airlines. The time that the refugees would have been traveling to the US is before the merger, so that livery should not have been used. The proper livery would be the either the "Colors in Motion" scheme, used from 2000 until the merger with Northwest Airlines, or the Ron Allen scheme, which was the livery used before 2000. See more »

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Title Card: In 1983, a brutal civil war broke out in Sudan between the North and the South over religion and resources, leaving villages destroyed by northern government armies and militia.
Title Card: By 1987, thousands of orphaned children began to flee on foot across sub-Saharan Africa, walking as many as thousands of miles to Ethiopia and then Kenya. Thirteen years later, 3600 refugees would be relocated to the U.S.A. They were known simply as "The Lost Boys of Sudan."
Title Card: This film is inspired by their ...
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Featured in Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Protests in Sudan (2019) See more »

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This movie has it all and delivers
21 September 2014 | by chungs69See all my reviews

This movie is based on true events and plays on the audiences emotions on every level. It tells a tale of brother-sisterhood, love, friendships, and dedication to family. Most importantly, it shows the extremes of humanity...how we as human beings can be so cruel but yet be so kind and caring. And as dramatic a movie as this was, there were several humorous points to ease the tensions of what this movie was really about. Also, just when you're thinking you're watching a movie starring Reese Witherspoon, the accompanying cast of Sudanese refugees steal the show. Great story, great directing, great cast, and great acting all around.

'A Good Lie" was possibly the best movie at TIFF this year.


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Country:

Kenya | India | USA | Canada | South Africa

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2014 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

The Good Lie See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$841,422, 5 October 2014

Gross USA:

$2,722,209

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,396,345
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