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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.

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Jared Hess

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Don Verdean
Amy Ryan ... Carol Jensen
Will Forte ... Pastor Fontaine
Danny McBride ... Tony Lazarus
Jemaine Clement ... Boaz
Steve Park ... Poon-Yen (as Stephen Park)
Leslie Bibb ... Joylinda Lazarus
Sky Elobar ... Dr. Stanley
P.J. Boudousqué ... Gary (as P J Boudousque)
Yaniv Moyal ... Israeli Police Officer
Jared Shipley ... Lab Tech
Logan Rogan Logan Rogan ... Tourist
Michael Flynn ... Church Elder
Pete Rockwell ... Antique Store Owner
Harry Bonner Harry Bonner ... Security Guard
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Verdean: O Que o Passado Nos Reserva See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Popular YouTube celebrities "Rhett and Link" met Sam Rockwell on a plane, while he was learning his lines for this film. Link mentioned in a podcast that Rockwell was listening to a monotone voice listing his lines to help him learn them. See more »

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Tony Lazarus: If I had my druthers, the very next thing we'd be goin' after... the wreckage of Noah's vessel. I'm not talkin' about the Ark, there was this... an earlier prototype. It's more of a recreational vehicle. I believe his boys wrecked it across a rocky shore when they were gallivanting one evening. If I can put that piece of the puzzle together, I can finally close the door on all this dinosaur nonsense, prove that that stuff never existed. Just a hodgepodge of different reptilian bones.
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Sunset in Your Eyes
Written, Produced & Performed by Heavy Young Heathens
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The dialog is as witty and ridiculous as is the events but that's what makes this movie so much fun to watch.
22 January 2016 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"The tireless efforts of Don Verdean will continue to bless millions everywhere." Biblical archaeologist Don Verdean (Rockwell) has started to fall on hard times. He used to speak to packed crowds but now the audience is dwindled. When he is approached by a local pastor wanting to inspire his congregation Don once again begins to find precious holy relics. Wanting to truly inspire Don does something that changes everything. I thought this movie was very very funny. I have loved Sam Rockwell for ever and he was a great choice for this role. The movie was written and directed by the same guy that did Napoleon Dynamite so you should expect that kind of humor going in. The dialog is as witty and ridiculous as is the events but that's what makes this movie so much fun to watch. Overall, stupid and hilarious, if you liked the humor in Napoleon Dynamite then check this one out. I really liked it. I give it a B+.


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