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 »
6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Edit

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..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The song you know. The story you don't. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The headphone set Bart is wearing at the beginning of the movie was made by Sony, but was not available in 1985. The model he is wearing became available in 1991 as the earpads became smaller. See more »

Goofs

In one of the first scenes, set in 1985, the record store owner recommended Bart to listen to U2's "The Joshua Tree" cassette. The Joshua Tree was not released until 1987. Later in the movie, Bart had a different U2 tape, Boy, which he asked his mother to play. See more »

Quotes

Brickell: [to Bart] Son, the sheer volume of words that comes out of your mouth is exhausting. You are not ready. That's what I think.
See more »

Connections

References The Goonies (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can Only Imagine
Written by Bart Millard
Performed by MercyMe
Courtesy of Simpleville Music and Fair Trade Services
See more »

User Reviews

 
Funny, interesting, inspiring and powerful
16 March 2018 | by kris-127-901192See all my reviews

"I Can Only Imagine" was a funny, interesting, inspiring, and powerful true-story about the most popular Christian song of all time. It was lighthearted and funny when I needed an emotional break, but the message was strong. If you don't go because it is faith-based, you are missing out. If you grew up in the Amy Grant/Michael W. Smith era like I did...it will be a little nostalgic. Watching the band struggle in the early years reminded me of every kid I knew as a camp counselor at Camp Electric in Nashville. It made me smile. Dennis Quaid was impactful as the abusive father. It had something for everyone. I'll be going back next week with friends.


63 of 105 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 313 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,108,914, 18 March 2018

Gross USA:

$83,482,352

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,086,881
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed