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The Good Lie (2014)

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

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... Carrie
... Mamere
... Jeremiah
... Paul
... Jack
... Abital
Femi Oguns ... Theo
... Pamela
... Jenny
Peterdeng Mongok ... Young Mamere
Okwar Jale ... Young Theo
Thon Kueth ... Young Jeremiah
Deng Ajuet ... Young Paul
Keji Jale ... Young Abital
David Madingi ... Young Gabriel
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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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14 November 2014 (Kenya)  »

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A Boa Mentira  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$841,422, 5 October 2014, Limited Release

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$2,716,989, 2 January 2015
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Emmanuel Jal, the actor who plays Paul, describes his real child-soldier atrocities in the Michael Portillo documentary "How Violent Are You" - part of the BBC's Horizon series. See more »

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After Jeremiah quits his grocery job and goes back to the employment agency, the phone number in the window is a St Louis area code, not Kansas City. 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."
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Written and Performed by Travis Howard
Courtesy of Your Mom's Productions
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Oscar worthy?
2 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

I was invited to a screening of this movie and wasn't sure what to expect. The only thing I had heard was a bit of Oscar buzz concerning Reese Witherspoon.

I found the movie very interesting and moving, comical at times, yet sad as well. I was moved to tears multiple times at just the thought of what these children to adults had to endure. For her part, I didn't feel that Witherspoon did much in depth acting at all, much less an Oscar worthy performance. The real emotion was depicted by the Sudanese actors. They are the ones who deserve an award.

I was left wanting more, as some parts of the story were not fully told. Overall, a very good movie and worth seeing.


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