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A minister 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
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Clerk
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Roger
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Jason (as Ramon Nunez)
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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
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Choir
Olivia Rose Cohenher ...
Choir
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Choir
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Choir
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Choir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Fiero ...
Man Fighting in Vacant Lot (uncredited)
Bettiann Fishman ...
Woman Fighting in Vacant Lot (uncredited)
Mahaleia Gray ...
Jeffers' Daughter (uncredited)
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Balq's Son (uncredited)
Guillermo Pacheco Soffia ...
Man Pushing War Vet in Wheelchair (uncredited)
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Parishioner (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 (p.g.a.)
Brooke Lyndon-Stanford ... executive producer
Martin McCabe ... executive producer
Frank Murray ... producer (p.g.a.)
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 ... (as Lustmord)

Cinematography by

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Alexander Dynan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.

Editorial Department

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Max Berger ... first assistant editor
Avalonne Hall ... digital intermediate producer
Gina Kalim ... color assistant
Tim Masick ... digital intermediate colorist
Josh Perault ... digital conform
Stefan Sonnenfeld ... executive producer: CO3
Dustin Wadsworth ... color assistant
Nicholas Figueroa ... digital intermediate assist (uncredited)
Rebecca Gruber ... assistant post production supervisor (uncredited)
Brett Price ... digital intermediate colorist 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 ... (as Nadya Guravich)

Costume Design by

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Olga Mill

Makeup Department

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Adam Bailey ... spfx make-up artist
Candice Crawford ... key hair stylist
Robin Day ... hair department head
Eldo Ray Estes ... make-up department head
Jacqueline Fundus ... key make-up 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
Bettiann Fishman ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Zachary Badalucco ... property master (as Zach Badalucco)
Gennadi Barbush ... scenic
Michael Bigwood ... on-set dresser (as Mike Bigwood)
Annie Chernecky ... art department production assistant
Katlynn DeCurtis ... set dresser
Peter DeCurtis ... leadman
Colleen Dodge ... set dec production assistant
Edward Lee Ellis ... set dresser (as Edward Ellis)
Jennifer Hodges ... scenic (as Jenn Hodges)
Loren Kane ... graphic designer
James Klotsas ... assistant propmaster
Natasha Kutrovacz ... set dec production assistant
Jacob Lalo ... property production assistant
Mat Lee ... art department coordinator (as Mathew Lee)
Mark MacNamara ... shop craft
Danny Rovira ... construction coordinator (as Daniel Rovira)
Mark Sonderskov ... construction grip
Roman Turovsky ... charge scenic
Megan Whinery ... set dresser (as Meg Whinery)
Marlene Eckhardt ... props (uncredited)
Deborah Wheatley ... assistant art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Christine E. Andrews ... project manager
Martin Czembor ... re-recording mixer
Ruy García ... supervising sound editor (as Ruy Garcia)
Michael Kurihara ... mix technician
Michael McMenomy ... dialog supervisor
Jerry Stein ... production sound mixer
Max Stein ... boom operator
Aleksandra Stojanovic ... foley artist
Chris White ... adr mixer
Isaac Derfel ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Matt Hovland ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Allen Lau ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Parag Chaudhari ... compositor: Atomic Arts
Shwee Chou ... visual effects coordinator: Cloak & Dagger Media
Justin Cornish ... visual effects supervisor: Atomic Arts
Lauren Dowsett ... production coordinator: Atomic Arts
Clwyd Edwards ... visual effects producer: Atomic Arts
Brian Houlihan ... visual effects producer: Cloak & Dagger Media
Eswarbabu Kolla ... compositor: Atomic Arts (as Eswar Babu Kolla)
Brooke Lyndon-Stanford ... visual effects supervisor: Atomic Arts
John Mangia ... visual effects supervisor: Cloak & Dagger Media
Anton Moss ... digital compositor: Cloak & Dagger Media
Chandra Mouley Atray ... production coordinator: Atomic Arts (as Chandra Mouley)
Jitu Naik ... compositor: Atomic Arts
Reyffer Sousa ... compositor: Atomic Arts
Arka Ray ... prep artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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K.C. Bailey ... still photographer (as KC Bailey)
Sean Coia ... lamp operator
George Elias ... grip
Glen Engels ... key grip
Jim Hair ... first assistant: "a" camera
Charles Johnston ... dolly grip (as Charley Johnston)
David Kavanaugh ... generator operator
Nina Kuhn ... chief lighting technician
Marc Loforte ... second assistant: "a" camera
Michael Maiatico ... digital imagining technician
Tricia Mears ... second assistant: additional camera (as Patricia Mears)
Soren Neilsen ... additional camera op
Joseph Robinson ... additional loader (as Joe Robinson)
Meg Schrock ... best boy electrician
Tommy Scoggins ... loader (as Tommy Scoggines)
Daniel Sharnoff ... camera op: "a" camera (as Dan Sharnoff)
Courtney Denk ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Dann Fink ... voice casting
Emily Fleischer ... casting associate
Sarah Konishi ... extras casting
Grant Wilfley ... extras casting
Bruce Winant ... voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Alexandra Emmons ... key costume supervisor
Abigail Guyton ... first set costumer
Heather Howard ... set costumer
Aubrey Laufer ... assistant costume designer
Erick Majano ... costume assistant
Keith Nielsen ... costume coordinator
Katalina Iturralde ... textile artist (uncredited)
Allegra Starobin ... additional costumer (uncredited)

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
Erik Nicholes ... locations pa
Stephen Schioppo ... locations assistant (as Steven Schioppo)
Kenny Urbina ... locations assistant
Edwin Villanueva ... parking coordinator
Michael L. Mizrahi ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Shari Johanson ... music editor
Dina Juntila ... music supervisor
William Gati ... musician: solo organ (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Heather Quick ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Richard Bzura ... driver (as Richie Bzura)
Robert Prescold ... driver
Tim Wallin ... driver
Paul Wiener ... driver
Kevin R. Wood ... transportation captain (as Kevin Wood)

Other crew

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Kevin Padilla Alexander ... set production assistant
Gina Berceau ... set production assistant
Max Berger ... main titles (as Max A. Berger)
Robert Berisha ... set production assistant
Michael Collins ... key set production assistant
Lizz Dorovitsine ... production secretary (as Elizabeth Dorovitsine)
Karl Dye ... banking: Coutts, for Omeira
Andrew Gilbert ... chef
Pete Hayes ... post accountant
Elizabeth Hunter ... production legal counsel
Joseph Lombardi ... production accountant (as Joe Lombardi)
Peter Lombardi ... first assistant accountant (as Pete Lombardi)
Gabriella Ludlow ... production legal counsel
Timothy Mendonça ... production coordinator
Cayanne Merrill ... assistant production office coordinator
David Morrison ... accountant: UK, Nyman Libson Paul for Omeira
Guillermo Pacheco Soffia ... assistant: Paul Schrader
Eli Powers ... assistant: Amanda Seyfried
Gary Raskin ... legal services: U.S., Raskin Gorham Anderson Law for Omeira
Jeremy Sheldon ... head of development: Omeira
Lee Stone ... legal services: UK, Lee & Thompson for Omeira
Alex Temple ... production executive: Omeira
Eva Vedock ... craft service
Amelia Young ... assistant: Ethan Hawke
Jake Alden-Falconer ... assistant: producer (uncredited)
Shelly Bancroft ... acquisition consultant (uncredited)
Kate Cavendish ... publicist (uncredited)
Jill R. Fox ... publicity team (uncredited)
Joe Fragassi ... post production accountant (uncredited)
Claire Gerrard ... marketing executive (uncredited)
Lon Haber ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Matt Juliano ... production assistant (uncredited)
Tom Lewis ... legal counsel: finance (uncredited)
Alex Martin ... consultant (uncredited)
Carole McGorrian ... completion guarantor: Film Finances (uncredited)
Michele-Nanette Miller ... tax credit specialist (uncredited)
Suria O'Connor ... marketing assistant (uncredited)
David Peck ... consultant (uncredited)
Otto Porrazzo ... insurance broker (uncredited)
Joe Rayner ... accounts (uncredited)
J.D. Rodriguez ... director: distribution & marketing operations (uncredited)
Johnny Schifano ... production assistant (uncredited)
Stacey Smith ... delivery consultant (uncredited)
David Stern ... legal counsel: distribution (uncredited)

Thanks

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Liz Acosta ... special thanks: NYPD Movie TV Unit
Christina Barrell ... special thanks
Michelle Batson ... special thanks
Laura Berning ... special thanks: New York State Governors Film Office
Steven Binch ... special thanks
Mike Bitsko ... special thanks (as Detective Mike Bitsko)
Mark Brownridge ... special thanks
Nugent Cantileno ... special thanks
Bill Cunningham ... special thanks
Charles Davies ... special thanks
Helen Davies ... special thanks
Henry Davies ... special thanks
Oliver Davies ... special thanks
Robert Davy ... special thanks
John Digirolomo ... special thanks (as Mr. John Digirolomo)
Stuart Dinsey ... special thanks
Khari Edwards ... special thanks: The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center
Kathy Freeman ... special thanks (as Sis. Kathy Freeman)
Nicole Gamory ... special thanks: Forest Park
Vincent Garcia ... special thanks (as Detective Vincent Garcia)
John Gibson ... special thanks
Anthony Going ... special thanks: NYPD Movie TV Unit
Richard Hargreaves ... special thanks
Katy Haswel ... special thanks
Patricia Keane ... special thanks (as Ms. Patricia Keane)
Peter Kirby ... special thanks
Mike Kuchinskas ... special thanks
Debby Kuha ... special thanks: Forest Park
Tessa Laws ... special thanks
Richard Lebron ... special thanks (as Detective Lieutenant Richard Lebron)
Mother Lindsay ... special thanks
Gine Lui ... special thanks
Catherine Lyndon-Stanford ... special thanks
Edward Lyndon-Stanford ... special thanks
Penelope Lyndon-Stanford ... special thanks
Debra Markowitz ... special thanks
Dean McCann ... special thanks: NYPD Movie TV Unit
Nicholas McVeigh ... special thanks
Lakeisha Merrick-Pender ... special thanks (as Reverend Lakeisha Merrick-Pender)
David Moy ... special thanks: NYPD Movie TV Unit
Adam Mumford ... special thanks
Nanette Nicholes ... special thanks
Ian Nimmo ... special thanks
Cathy Williams Owen ... special thanks: Dri Mark Productions
Moyra Peacock ... special thanks
Charles Peel ... special thanks
Maureen Roach ... special thanks (as Detective Maureen Roach)
Christopher Roberts ... special thanks
Barbara Simmons ... special thanks (as Sis. Barbara Simmons)
Gigi Simone ... special thanks: New York State Governors Film Office
George Sitwell ... special thanks
Mahmood Somani ... special thanks
Rodeena Stephens ... special thanks (as Sis. Rodeena Stephens)
Jerry Stoeffhaas ... special thanks / special thanks: New York State Governors Film Office (as Jerome Stoeffhaas)
Matt Symons ... special thanks
Jacqueline Temple ... special thanks
Richard Temple ... special thanks
Kevin Underwood ... special thanks
Sam Waley-Cohen ... special thanks
Keith Wilson ... special thanks
James Witte ... special thanks
Stuart Woolley ... special thanks
Ashley Young ... special thanks: The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center

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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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Taglines The kingdom come undone. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sur le chemin de la rédemption (France)
  • El reverendo (First Reformed) (Spain)
  • El reverendo (Mexico)
  • Ακρότητες (Greece)
  • Витоки Реформатства (Ukraine)
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Runtime
  • 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 Toller references the Biblical Book of "Revelations." There is no book by this name in the Bible; it's called "Revelation," with no "s" on the end. No clergyman would ever make this mistake. 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 Ernst Toller: Courage is the solution to despair, reason provides no answers. I can't know what the future will bring; we have to choose despite uncertainty. Wisdom is holding two contradictory truths in our mind, simultaneously, Hope and despair. A life without despair is a life without hope. Holding these two ideas in our head is life itself.
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