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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2016)

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A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Dalton ... Gavin Stone
Anjelah Johnson-Reyes ... Kelly Richardson
Neil Flynn ... Waylon Stone
D.B. Sweeney ... Pastor Allan Richardson
Shawn Michaels ... Doug
Patrick Gagnon Patrick Gagnon ... Anthony Mathias Roundstone
Tim Frank ... John Mark
Tara Rios Tara Rios ... Charlotte
Liam Matthews ... Charles
Mary Thornton Mary Thornton ... Pat Liosi
Kirk B.R. Woller ... Jack Roth
Christopher Maleki ... Mike Meara
Daniel Jeffrey Donaldson Daniel Jeffrey Donaldson ... Young Gavin Stone
Sam Jenkins Sam Jenkins ... Teen Gavin Stone
Elle Jenkins Elle Jenkins ... Rachel


A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

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If church can change him it will be a miracle.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including a crucifixion image. | See all certifications »






Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ressurreição De Gavin Stone See more »

Filming Locations:

Elgin, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,206,771, 22 January 2017

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In September, 2016, WWE Studios acquired worldwide rights to "The Resurrection of Gavin Stone." WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels appears as Doug, one of the main characters in the production. See WWE online article for additional details. See more »


[Gavin is saying grace]
Gavin Stone: Dear God, as we head into battle each day, we know it will not be easy. But even though our enemies, like the Devil, may try to take away our lives, they will never take away our freedom.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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A Decent Movie for a Specific Audience
13 July 2018 | by infoalwaysacriticSee all my reviews

6/10 Faith-based films have, in my experience, been hit-or-miss, though lately there have been several more "watchable" offerings; The Resurrection of Gavin Stone happens to be one of them.

Brett Dalton plays Gavin Stone, a washed up child-star turned hollywood bad-boy who is sentenced to 200 hours of community service at a church in his hometown. Rather than doing maintenance, he convinces the church to let him play Jesus in its annual production. Along the way he is introduced to some humourous stereotypes of christianity and a jaded love interest with a painful history. Part humour, and part drama, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is heartfelt for people who have a history in the church, though maybe a little stinging to those who've had a bad experience in a church.

Your experience of this film will largely depend on what you bring into it. If you come to it looking for another offering of Brett Dalton, you're likely in for a disappointment - not a failing in hiaas acting, but because the script will only be understood by a specific audience. Neil Flynn plays a role you've probably seen him in before, DB Sweeney is largely in the background and Anjelah Johnson-Reyes does a reasonable job in her role.

To people unfamiliar with christian stereotypes, a large portion of the script will fall flat. Many of the jokes reference names of songs, hymns and in some cases the writers tried to break the stereotypical expectation of a church service. If this is your type of humour, then you'll find plenty of laughter to supplement the impending transformation of its main character.

Gavin Stone is a self-absorbed and selfish man, but wouldn't likely be perceived as such by people outside of a pious church. The film leaves the audience to imagine this side of his character by repeatedly referencing a set of incriminating pictures and a vague description of partying with a catapult. When Gavin's crisis of purpose comes, you get a very quick glimpse into his prior life, this and another character's own faith journey may bear some relatable points to christians who share a common history, and that can be heart-felt. One notable scene wherein Gavin participates in helping someone in need was enhanced by my knowledge that the cars program and many like it truly exist.

Overall the film is enjoyable and reasonably acted for members of a church or on their own faith-journey to enjoy. It is doubtful that this one would have a large appeal outside of the church.

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