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I Can Only Imagine (2018)

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The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

Directors:

Andrew Erwin (as The Erwin Brothers), Jon Erwin (as The Erwin Brothers)

Writers:

Bart Millard (based on the life story of), Jon Erwin (story by) | 4 more credits »
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Michael Finley ... Bart
Madeline Carroll ... Shannon
Dennis Quaid ... Arthur
Trace Adkins ... Brickell
Cloris Leachman ... Memaw
Jason Burkey ... Mike
Mark Furze ... Nathan
Randy McDowell ... Jim
Cole Marcus ... Robbie
Alexander Dominguez ... Kent
Brody Rose ... Young Bart
Taegen Burns ... Young Shannon
J.R. Cacia ... Rusty
Tanya Clarke ... Adele
Nicole DuPort ... Amy Grant
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Storyline

10-year-old Bart Millard lives with his mother and abusive father Arthur in Texas. One day his mother drops him off at a Christian camp where he meets Shannon. Upon his return from camp, Bart finds his mother has left and movers are removing her belongings. He angrily confronts his father, who denies that his abusiveness was the reason she left. Years later, in high school, Bart and Shannon are dating. Bart plays football to please his father, but is injured, breaking both ankles and ending his career. The only elective with openings is music class, so he reluctantly signs up..

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Based on the untold true story of the multi-platinum song that inspires millions. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Can Only Imagine See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,104,797, 18 March 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$83,482,352
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Before Bart (J. Michael Finley) begins writing the title song, I Can Only Imagine, there is a guitar case in the background that says "I Can Only Imagine" on it. See more »

Goofs

After joining the band and going on tour, they are playing a concert and Bart says "a Father that loves me so much that He died for me." This is NOT correct. God did not die for anyone. His Son Jesus Christ died for us. See more »

Quotes

Brickell: [to Bart] You got talent, you got potential, you can sing, but I don't think you found your song, found your soul.
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Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Jurassic Park 3 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Into the Heart
Music by U2
Lyrics by Bono & The Edge
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Wonderfully done
16 March 2018 | by shesastargazerSee all my reviews

This movie was a fantastic telling of Bart's life and the beginning of MercyMe. Some scenes may be hard to watch because of the violence, but the redemption story that is told is beautiful. Highly recommend seeing this movie. Great acting, wonderful singing, and an amazing story.


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