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A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

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Toller
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Mary
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Jeffers (as Cedric Antonio Kyles)
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Esther
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Michael
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Balq
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Elder
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Nurse
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Middle-Aged Tourist
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Middle-Aged Man (as Ken Foreman)
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College Student
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Sheriff
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Doctor
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War Vet in Wheelchair (as Joseph Jerez)
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Suriya
Miah Velasquez ...
Rose (as Miah Issabella Velasquez)
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Benny
Natalie Woolams-Torres ...
Clerk
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Roger
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Jason
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Jake
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Cynthia
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1st Repairman
Otis Edward Cotton ...
2nd Repairman
Mark Havlis ...
Pancake House Owner
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1st Secretary
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Balq Industries Tour Guide
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Choir
Juliet Schlefer ...
Choir
Elanna White ...
Choir
Olivia Rose Cohenher ...
Choir
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Choir
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Choir
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Choir
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Jeffers Daughter (uncredited)
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Balqs' Son (uncredited)
Frankie Verroca ...
Homeless Vet (uncredited)

Directed by

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Paul Schrader

Written by

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Paul Schrader ... (written by)

Produced by

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Brian Beckmann ... executive producer
Jack Binder ... producer
Philip Burgin ... executive producer
Greg Clark ... producer
Gary Hamilton ... producer
Ryan Hawke ... associate producer
Victoria Hill ... producer
David Hinojosa ... producer
Brooke Lyndon-Stanford ... executive producer
Martin McCabe ... executive producer
Frank Murray ... producer
Luca Scalisi ... executive producer
Deepak Sikka ... producer
Mick Southworth ... executive producer
Christine Vachon ... producer
Ying Ye ... executive producer

Music by

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Brian Williams

Cinematography by

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Alexander Dynan

Film Editing by

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Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.

Editorial Department

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Max Berger ... assistant editor
Avalonne Hall ... digital intermediate producer
Tim Masick ... colorist
Josh Perault ... digital conform
Brett Price ... digital intermediate colorist assist
Nicholas Figueroa ... digital intermediate assist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Susan Shopmaker

Production Design by

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Grace Yun

Art Direction by

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Raphael Sorcio

Set Decoration by

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Nadya Gurevich

Costume Design by

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Olga Mill

Makeup Department

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Adam Bailey ... special makeup effects artist
Candice Crawford ... key hair stylist
Robin Day ... hair department head
Eldo Ray Estes ... makeup department head
Jacqueline Fundus ... key makeup artist (as Jackie Fundus)
Patricia Grande ... key hair stylist
Tywan Williams ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Isabel Henderson ... post-production supervisor
William Perkins ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bryan Allen ... second second assistant director
Andrew Fiero ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Zachary Badalucco ... property master
Gennadi Barbush ... scenic artist
Michael Bigwood ... set dresser: post-production
Katlynn DeCurtis ... set dresser
Peter DeCurtis ... leadman
Colleen Dodge ... set decoration buyer
Marlene Eckhardt ... props
Jennifer Hodges ... scenic artist
Loren Kane ... graphic designer
James Klotsas ... assistant property master
Mat Lee ... art department coordinator
Danny Rovira ... construction coordinator
Roman Turovsky ... chargeperson scenic
Deborah Wheatley ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Martin Czembor ... re-recording mixer
Isaac Derfel ... sound effects editor
Ruy García ... re-recording mixer / sound designer
Matt Hovland ... adr mixer
Allen Lau ... assistant sound editor
Michael McMenomy ... supervising sound editor
Jerry Stein ... sound mixer
Max Stein ... boom operator
Aleksandra Stojanovic ... foley artist

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Shwee Chou ... visual effects coordinator
Lauren Dowsett ... visual effects coordinator
Brian Houlihan ... visual effects producer / visual effects supervisor
John Mangia ... on-set visual effects supervisor
Anton Moss ... senior digital compositor
Arka Ray ... Prep artist

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Chad Aaronson ... drone pilot
K.C. Bailey ... still photographer
Sean Coia ... electrician
Courtney Denk ... electrician
Charles Johnston ... dolly grip
David Kavanaugh ... genny op
Nina Kuhn ... gaffer
Marc Loforte ... second assistant "a" camera
Michael Maiatico ... digital imagining technician
Tricia Mears ... second assistant 'b' camera
Joseph Robinson ... camera loader
Meg Schrock ... best boy electric
Tommy Scoggins ... loader
Daniel Sharnoff ... camera operator

Casting Department

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Dann Fink ... adr voice casting
Emily Fleischer ... casting associate
Sarah Konishi ... casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Alexandra Emmons ... wardrobe supervisor
Abigail Guyton ... key on-set costumer
Heather Howard ... Additional Costumer
Katalina Iturralde ... textile artist
Aubrey Laufer ... assistant costume designer
Keith Nielsen ... costume coordinator
Allegra Starobin ... additional costumer

Location Management

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Liam Baldwin ... locations pa
Eddy Collyns ... location manager
Trish Gray ... key assistant location manager
Paul Hamill ... location scout
Gine Lui ... location scout
Michael L. Mizrahi ... location scout

Music Department

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William Gati ... musician: solo organ
Shari Johanson ... music editor
Dina Juntila ... music supervisor
Nicci Kasper ... composer: additional music
Deantoni Parks ... composer: additional music

Other crew

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Jake Alden-Falconer ... assistant to the producer
Shelly Bancroft ... Acquisition Consultant
Kate Cavendish ... unit publicist
Lizz Dorovitsine ... production secretary
Karl Dye ... banking: for Omeira
Jill R. Fox ... publicity team (as Jill Fox)
Joe Fragassi ... post production accountant
Claire Gerrard ... marketing executive
Rebecca Gruber ... assistant post production supervisor
Lon Haber ... publicist / unit publicist
Matt Juliano ... production assistant
Tom Lewis ... finance legal
Gabriella Ludlow ... business affairs
Alex Martin ... consultant
Timothy Mendonça ... production coordinator
Cayanne Merrill ... assistant production office coordinator
Michele-Nanette Miller ... tax credit specialist
David Morrison ... accountant: UK, Nyman Libson Paul for Omeira
Suria O'Connor ... marketing assistant
Guillermo Pacheco Soffia ... assistant: Paul Schrader
David Peck ... consultant
Eli Powers ... assistant: Amanda Seyfried
Heather Quick ... script supervisor
Gary Raskin ... legal services: US, Raskin Gorham Anderson Law for Omeira
Joe Rayner ... accounts
J.D. Rodriguez ... distribution & marketing operations director
Johnny Schifano ... production assistant
Jeremy Sheldon ... head of development: Omeira
Stacey Smith ... delivery consultant
Lee Stone ... legal services: UK, Lee & Thompson for Omeira
Alex Temple ... production executive: Omeira
Eva Vedock ... key craft service
Amelia Young ... assistant: Ethan Hawke

Thanks

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Nugent Cantileno ... special thanks
Oliver Davies ... special thanks
Debra Markowitz ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

Forty-six year old Reverend Ernst Toller is the pastor at the historic First Reformed Church in upstate New York. It is seen as the "tourist" church or the "souvenir shop" (its historical significance partly it being a stop on the underground railroad before the slaves crossed into Canada) by Abundant Life, which owns the church and which operates a modern self-named five thousand seat church overseen by Reverend Joel Jeffers. First Reformed is celebrating its two hundred fiftieth anniversary this year, for which a major event is planned, modest in size only at First Reformed itself although the dignitaries like the governor and mayor will be at attendance there, while the event will be simulcast at Abundant Life. Most of the speech-making will be done by local industrialist Ed Balq, a major benefactor of Abundant Life and who is the major donor for the necessary upgrades at First Reformed to be able to hold the event there, and for the event itself, while Toller's participation will be minimal beyond the introductory sermon. First Reformed is generally a sparsely attended church meaning that Toller doesn't have to do much direct ministering, although he does have the stock answers when asked how God factors into this or that situation in one's life. Toller himself has long been divorced, his marriage which could not survive the death of their son, Joseph, in war. Because of that history, Toller believes he is incapable of human love, despite a brief relationship with Esther, the choir mistress at Abundant Life, she who is arguably still in love with him. Toller is neglecting the warning signs about his poor health, the symptoms pointing to a probable diagnosis of stomach cancer, which is only exacerbated by his largely liquid (i.e. alcohol) diet. Toller is already examining his life and work in writing a daily journal for a year, that journal which he intends no one ever to read, but these issues in Toller's life become more pointed when a new pregnant congregant, Mary, asks him to speak to her husband Michael, who Toller will learn is an environmentalist concerned about bringing another human life into what he already sees as a world doomed because of man's role in climate change. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Sur le chemin de la rédemption (France)
  • El reverendo (First Reformed) (Spain)
  • El reverendo (First reformed) (Spain)
  • El reverendo (Spain)
  • Ακρότητες (Greece)
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  • 113 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $97,562, 20 May 2018

Did You Know?

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Trivia Amanda Seyfried was pregnant during the production. See more »
Goofs In each of the cafe scenes at the mega church, the coffee cups still have the manufacturer stickers on the bottoms. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cedric the Entertainer/Julian Dennison/Tuxedo & Zapp (2018). See more »
Soundtracks Are You Washed in the Blood See more »
Quotes Reverend Joel Jeffers: Even a pastor needs a pastor.
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