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Don Verdean (2015)

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A self-professed biblical archaeologist who has fallen on hard times starts to bend the truth in order to continue inspiring the faithful.






Cast overview, first billed only:
... Don Verdean
... Carol Jensen
... Pastor Fontaine
... Tony Lazarus
... Boaz
... Poon-Yen (as Stephen Park)
... Joylinda Lazarus
... Dr. Stanley
... Gary
... Israeli Police Officer
... Lab Tech
Logan Rogan ... Tourist
... Church Elder
... Antique Store Owner
Harry Bonner ... Security Guard


Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to find sacred relics in the Holy Land, a self-proclaimed Biblical archaeologist comes up short and his attempt to cover up his failure fuels a comic conspiracy from the filmmaking team behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. DON VERDEAN stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, with Will Forte, and Danny McBride. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Fraud works in mysterious ways.

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Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, some language and brief violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

11 December 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don Verdean: O Que o Passado Nos Reserva  »

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Premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. See more »


Boaz: There are a lot of rocks out there, Don. They all look the same. How do I know which one is the one?
Don Verdean: Well, it can't be that hard. We need the one with breasts.
Boaz: Oh, the breasts. Okay, that one.
Boaz: Oh, yeah. There's one big white rock, and it has breasts on it.
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


His Hand in Mine
Written by Mosie Lister
Performed by Elvis Presley
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Hilarious, Clever, Unique, Refreshing!
16 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

What a great movie! "Don Verdean" is the type of movie we need more of these days! Great actors, great plot, hilarious lines, very interesting subject matter! This movie did not have a dull moment. All of the actors are perfect. The script is perfect. We enjoyed every minute of this movie. We will definitely watch it again. Sam Rockwell is great in every movie. What a multi-talented actor. When watching him as Don Verdean, it's difficult to believe he is the same actor in "Seven Psychopaths" (another great movie). This film shows how easy it is to fool people who want to believe so desperately in something. Thanks, Netflix, for adding this gem to your lineup! A++++++++!

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