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The Apostle (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 February 1998 (USA)
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After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.

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Robert Duvall

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Robert Duvall
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 15 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Todd Allen ... Horace
Paul Bagget Paul Bagget ... Tag Team Preacher #3 (as Brother Paul Bagget)
Lenore Banks ... Female Sonny Supporter
John Beasley ... Brother Blackwell
Mary Lynette Braxton Mary Lynette Braxton ... Mother Blackwell
Brett Brock ... Helper
Christopher Canady Christopher Canady ... Sister Johnson's Twin
Christian Canady Christian Canady ... Sister Johnson's Twin
June Carter Cash ... Mrs. Dewey Sr.
Elizabeth Chisolm Elizabeth Chisolm ... Singer
William Atlas Cole William Atlas Cole ... Bayou Man (as Brother William Atlas Cole)
Frank Collins Jr. Frank Collins Jr. ... Soloist #4 (as Reverend Frank Collins Jr.)
Carl D. Cook Carl D. Cook ... Civic Auditorium Preacher (as Prophet Carl D. Cook)
Naomi Craig Naomi Craig ... Scripture Reader
Wayne Dehart Wayne Dehart ... Liquor Store Preacher
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Storyline

Eulis 'Sonny' Dewey is a preacher from Texas living a happy life with his beautiful wife Jessie. Suddenly his stable world crumbles: Jessie is having an affair with young minister Horace. Sonny gets enraged and hits Horace with a softball bat, putting him into a coma. After that he leaves town, takes a new name, 'Apostle E.F.' and goes to Louisiana. There he starts to work as a mechanic for local radio station owner Elmo, and Elmo lets him preach on the radio. E.F. starts to preach everywhere: on the radio, on the streets, and with his new friend, Reverend Blackwell he starts a campaign to renovate an old church. Written by Anonymous

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Lust, Obsession, Revenge... Redemption See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and a related scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Apostle See more »

Filming Locations:

Collin County, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,396, 21 December 1997

Gross USA:

$19,868,354

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,868,354
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Butcher's Run Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Farrah Fawcett was offered her choice of the two female leads by Robert Duvall. At first she chose Toosie, but then changed her mind and asked to play the wife. Duvall allowed the switch. After Miranda Richardson was cast as Toosie, Fawcett changed her mind once again, and said she wanted the part back. Duvall told her that she could play the wife or be out of the film. She chose the former. See more »

Goofs

During the last scene, the radio DJ is shown without his glasses, but is wearing them an instant later. See more »

Quotes

Sonny: Give it to me, give it to me, give it to me, give it to me, give me peace.
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During the end credits there is a scene showing Sonny (Robert Duvall) preaching to the prisoners during out-of-prison work. See more »

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Waitin' on the Far Side Banks of Jordan
Written by Terry Smith
Performed by June Carter Cash
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Casting Oscars!
8 May 2004 | by j_a_newtonSee all my reviews

This movie is another powerful exhibit in the case for why there *should* be an Oscar category for Best Casting.

Apart from Mr. Duvall's identifying acting, so rightly hailed elsewhere on this forum, what truly makes this film stand out as so genuine, so founded, so real, is the casting.

Take the radio guy, right down to his supermarket-style glasses. Take the Rev. Blackwell, fighting to hold back his bursting enthusiasm for Jesus so as not to have another heart attack. Take the talkative lady who almost clashes with the fat woman with twins - haven't we seen them both in our churches? Take the Church Board representatives at the beginning of the film, I feel like I know a few like them! Take the elderly gentleman with the trumpet, struggling to play but doing it from his heart, I've seen it. And in the midst of it, enter mega-star Billy Bob Thornton - blending into the mix just like one of the rest. Bottom line is, there is simply not one character that doesn't come across as believable simply by *being* there, even before you see them act.

Academy, awake, let there be a Casting Category now.


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