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Written, directed, and personally financed by Robert Duvall, The Apostle was the culmination of a 14-year effort on the part of its creator, who also stars as the dynamic, God-fearing Texas preacher Euliss "Sonny" Dewey. Vibrantly authentic with its use of real gospel preachers and extras carefully selected from parishes of the deep South, the film treats its complicated characters with the kind of compassion and moral complexity mainstream Hollywood wouldn't dare muster. This is especially true in the case of Sonny, who responds to his wife's infidelity with a crime of passion that sends him on a new and uncharted quest for redemption. Under the assumed identity of "The Apostle E.F.," he settles in a tiny Louisiana town to revive an old church, where he undergoes a transformation of spirit and purpose that enlivens his community. But will the law catch up to him? Does he deserve to be punished? Fueled by Duvall's powerhouse performance, The Apostle refuses to praise or condemn its fascinating central character, leaving the proper degree of forgiveness up to the viewer. Further graced with superb performances by Farrah Fawcett, Miranda Richardson, and Billy Bob Thornton, the film is clearly Duvall's labor of love. The Collector's Edition DVD features a full-length commentary by Duvall and The Journey of the Apostle, a documentary featurette about the making of the film. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • The Good & Bad Of 'The Apostle
    Although I have mixed emotions about this film, which created quite a stir when it came out, I have always enjoyed watching it and find it utterly fascinating.

    This is a powerful story of a very flawed-but very sincere Pentecostal preacher from Texas who flees after fatally slugging his adulterous wife's lover with a baseball bat! As it turns out. "Sonny" (Robert Duvall), winds up starting a rural church from scratch in a small town in Louisiana, and, what happens after that I won't say, but it's interestng.

    Duvall gives a tremendous acting performance in here, one of the best I've seen on film. He dominates the picture from start-to-finish. There are some good messages in here, too.

    By the why, I don't know ANY minister (or priest) who would do all the bad things you see in this movie, including his wife and youth minister, but it makes for a good story, film-wise. To those anti-church readers out there, I'm sorry but this is not the way it is, by any means.

    Yet, despite all that, this is not your typical anti-Christian film ,which is why no major studio would fund this movie. Duvall had to put his own money into this. Hollywood didn't want to back a film in which "people being saved" means a great deal. There even s a dramatic conversion scene with Billy Bob Thornton, of all people! Hey, with God all things are possible.

    The more I watch this movie, the more I appreciate the cinematography in here. I enjoyed the music, too. This is a strange film full of "good" and "bad" people and their actions and a movie, I suspect, people would either love or hate. I loved it and now would like to see it on Blu-Ray some day.
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  • Redemption without repentance? For Apostle E.F., the answer is found here.
    It's an amazing movie, one that Robert Duvall acknowledges as a career peak in the accompanying documentary. It's amazing on so many levels that when the long road to financing the film is revealed (Duvall made it on his own dime), you want to look toward Hollywood and ask "What were you THINKING?" He reveals that his award for "Tender Mercies" made him think that a window of opportunity might open. However, "The Apostle" was to remain in Duvall's "theater of the mind" for a few years longer.

    The casting is perfect. Walton "Shane Vendrell" Goggins (The Shield) really stands out as Sammy. Duvall discusses Sammy's "born again" scene, saying that Goggin's whole body was shaking as he knelt...it was as if he were actually witnessing a man being born again. Fans of The Shield and its DVD commentaries know that Goggins is the ultimate method actor, isolating himself prior to scenes being filmed, psyching himself up one thousand percent for the performance. He does not disappoint here. He tackles the role of a simple man with a good heart whose life is transformed after encountering a complex man with a stain on his soul (Apostle E.F.).

    John Beasley's performance as "Reverend Blackwell" provides a reason to watch the movie all by itself. Sometimes in life we feel that we've given it all, it's time to rest, and the best is behind us. Then we are called to bring about something bigger than we'd ever imagined. That's Reverend Blackwell's fate, and he plays against Apostle E.F. magnificently.

    Miranda Richardson as Toosie, the love interest...after Duvall's crime of passion, he attempts to rebuild his life, brick by brick. At one point he tells Toosie (who is separated from her husband) that all he needs is to hold someone who wants to be held. That's his agenda, not hers. She is there when the curtain comes down, but Apostle E.F. ultimately learns that redemption never comes before repentance.

    Farrah Fawcett manages the impossible...viewers can sympathize with her marriage to a complex, troubled, controlling man like Apostle E.F. while having mixed feelings about her affair with the youth pastor. There is one chilling scene in which Fawcett, off-camera and in a voice-over, surveys the damage in her marriage (and beyond). She's an anti-hero...flawed, but in a manner that differs from her husband. Two flawed people in a doomed marriage, which sets up the underlying conflict that drives the story.

    As if that weren't enough, the late June Carter Cash (as the Apostle's mother) delivers an elegantly understated yet powerful performance. Her presence is fitting as the hymns she sings throughout add to a powerful, masterfully assembled soundtrack.

    Note to Robert Duvall: You financed the movie out of your own pocket, and it was worth every penny. Your audience is in your debt....more info
  • strange wondering
    This portrayal of a pentecostal preacher is the most realistic I've seen; others have capsuled it, so I won't here. Duvall plays Sonny (the preacher) with such humanness that you can't walk away loving or hating him - or if you can, it'll be both. I could never tell if Sonny was a genuinely God-touched person, or a gifted man making a place for himself in the world through preaching. No single incident in the story played it one way or another. He unquestionably had a gift in bringing people together, giving them purpose and redemption. But he also did some bad things, including (but not the worst), hiding the truth of what he'd done from his congregation. This piece was shown through the character of a young mechanic who overheard Sonny's story as he told it to another preacher, to fairly devastating effect. Every actor's portrayal was great, Duvall's most of all. It asks questions - what does it mean to be human, to suffer, to want, to hurt others, to be well, to be loved, to be in community? And how does God and the church play a role in all this... and do they? A great movie well worth watching.





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  • Interesting but NOT great
    It really is too bad that it took so long for Robert Duvall to make this movie as I thought he was a too old for his part. At the beginning, I honestly thought those were his GRANDCHILDREN and June Carter Cash was his wife. (Alot of Southern men call their wives "Momma": annoying but true). Duvall plays a VERY VERY flawed haracter. Several reviewers would have you believe that he is somehow "redeemed" at the end. Really? Because he so-called saves Billy Bob Thorntons character and that other young man? Give me a break! Speaking of BBT, he gives an extremely wooden performance, even worse than the too low-key Farrah. The preaching throughout this movie can be spellbinding but the last sermon Duvalls character gives is way too long and how come no one in the congregation notices or seems to care that the cops are there?
    While it's not a total waste of time, it's not one I'd watch again....more info
  • What Exactly is he Trying to Say?
    I am not really sure what to think about this movie. As a Pentecostal myself, I found it to be a good (although slightly exaggerated) portrayal of classic Pentecostalism. However, I am disturbed by Sonny's portrayal. How were we supposed to view him? A hypocrite? A sincere but flawed character? I notice from several reviews that this film is interpreted many different ways, and I can only give it three stars. Great acting, great depiction of Pentecostals, but very ambiguous message....more info
  • Under the Radar Screen
    This is a movie most of my friends have never heard of. If you are like them, I have a suggestion for you: hunt this movie down and watch it. The acting is wonderful, the story is immersive, and the insight into the Christian mind is unmatched by any contemporary film.

    Robert Duvall plays a preacher who is in the midst of a political battle to remove him from his pulpit. He then finds out his wife is more than friends with the youth minister. Duvall snaps and lays a baseball bat upside the head of the slug that is sleeping with his wife.

    Duvall then leaves town and goes under the radar screen to hide from his crime. I won't give away any more details from the movie.

    The Apostle is a must see for movie buffs and fans of good acting and stories that don't have car chases and all the usual Hollywood cookie-cutter clich¨¦s. Bravo!...more info
  • "We made news in Heaven today, Momma"
    This is one of my favorite Robert Duvall movies & is also one of the most inspiring movies I've ever seen. It's really a testament to the amazing talent of one of the greatest actors of all time. I can't believe Duvall didn't win an oscar, but it IS a religious movie & those are not too welcome in Hollywood. Anyway, the dvd has some great bonus features: commentary with Robert Duvall, a documentary on the making of the Apostle, the trailer, & cast biographies. If you haven't seen this & think it might be cheesy, trust me it's not. I felt the same way before I saw it but I quickly realized that this is a movie everyone should see. This movie helped me more than a dozen sermons would've. The performances are heartfelt & very believable, the pacing just right, the scenery is beautiful. This is a powerful movie that stays with you long after you've seen it. ...more info
  • Duvall you try it all
    Robert Duvall has made himself a real unique film here, as he takes the lead role of a preacher. Aptly named Sonny, maybe a throwback to Godfather, the preacher leads a fervently religious life. Yet, there is a history of sin. After a passionate fit of anger Sonny takes his bible elsewhere, to find his religion all over again.
    Duvall does a very good job at playing the disheveled husband, and does equally well in playing Sonny's almost bi-polar self, the reverent preacher. The problem with this film is not in the characters, but the time it takes to flesh out the plot. After the first hour, I was surprised that the movie had not finished yet. Now maybe this movie just does not relate to me, because Sonny preaches in a unique fashion. Then again, maybe the movie is just slow.
    With the theme redemption all around, this movie redeems itself of three stars. Not superb just decent the movie does deserve a watch or two. Anyway, this is the most riled up I have seen Duvall since Apocalypse Now.
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  • Duvall made me believe!!!
    Quickly becomming my favorite film of all time.

    Never has anyone captured the beauty and sincerity of story in film! This movie takes an intimate look at a personal situation in at an akward angle. Without preaching a message, a true look of an estranged minister who wanders into backwoods Louisiana and wins the hearts of the locals and gives them something to believe in again.

    It doesn't take long to realize that every line, every shot, every character was carefully placed evolving seemlessly as if it were documented as a class project. I personally grew up in deep south Louisiana and Duvall could have been any one of my grandfathers or peers with the magnatude of perfection his character was portrayed. All the beauty and aura of the deep south paints a rich canvas for an addicting portrayal of characters.

    Don't be fooled by the religeous theme, it's a beatifully written story of one mans struggles with his past and ambitions to re-establish himself finding comfort and support ministering.

    Truely a masterpiece from the multitalented mind of a modern day Shakespeare. I hope there are many more to come from Robert Duvall...more info

  • Faith & Reality
    The Apostle (1997)

    Robert Duvall, well known for his charismatic character Gus in Lonesome Dove, both stars in and directs this film. He plays the charismatic character of a minister named Sonny, who later renames himself through the sacrament of baptism: The Apostle E.F. The baptism through a rite of the church which should be attended by others is self-administered with only nature attending the event. The baptism does not change all of Sonny's ways and neither does his name change. It does however allow him to follow and live out his calling to evangelize for a time as an apostle; one called by God to do a specific vocation in the church, or in this case outside the established church. Like others in our society who have deluded themselves into the belief that by changing their name and geographical location they can escape justice for acts committed against the law and society. But eventually when the past catches up with them, as it does with E.F., then justice prevails.

    A question that comes to mind is who pays or who is to blame? Is society to blame? Or are the constructs within society the culprit? There are usually two sides, if not more to every action. What Duvall accurately portrays in this film is that the double standard of the patriarchal system is still very much alive. His charismatic style which attracts others to worship at church is also used in another way in his home. His wife Jessie Dewey (Farrah Fawcett) knows his style of manipulation quite well as she refuses to pray with him when he asks, begs, and then orders her to. She resists thus asserting her independence from him. She is no longer a victim to and of his charm and charismatic ways. Thus the stage is set for his later behavior; drunkenness and jealous action. He tries to take by violence what he believes is his, by right of marriage; his wife and children. The act that he commits causes him to go into hiding, by running and covering up his identity. Yet his conscious gets to him, as he calls a friend several times to check on conditions at home. During this time of self-imposed exile he has no contact with his former life except through calls he makes to a friend. This friend informs him of two deaths; that of his former youth pastor and his (Sonny's) mother. The self-imposed exile cut Sonny off from his mother, to whom he was deeply devoted.

    What caught my voyeur's eye is that Duvall successfully brought belief and faith to the film. Faith and belief in something outside of one's self will sustain and nourish a person; whether it be a relationship with a friend or God. People need the construct of community to live up to their full potential. Sonny proved this as his alter ego E.F. brought a caring sense of community to a depressed people, which helped them to restore and renew their own sense of worth, and relationship to God. In this way he lived up to the call of God within him, without the vanity of his former life as Sonny the Evangelist.
    This film is a must have for those who would like to really see the reality of Christianity and faith lived out....more info

  • Rated B for boring
    This has to be the most boring movie I've ever seen. I kept
    asking myself, "isn't it over yet". Stay away from this turkey
    unless you need a good snooze. 1 star is a much too high rating....more info
  • I have to disagree
    I seem to be in the minority, but I did not like this movie at all. "The Apostle" is just a showcase for Robert Duvall to rant and rave and run around. The main character is suppose to be complex, but Duvall doesn't really take the time to go into details to show us this. Sonny's own church votes him out, but Duvall never shows us why, we just see Sonny feeling sorry for himself. I think we are suppose to feel sympathy for Sonny, but the man is an abusive husband. This is shown in the way his wife flinches every time he moves toward her in the scene in their living room when they are discussing their marriage. It is also shown in the way he grabs her by her hair and drags her off the ballfield. He picks up a baseball bat and kills a man and the only thought he gives it is, "Uh oh, I'm in trouble." He runs off and starts a new church so that he will have a stage for his performance. A "new love" in his life was mentioned by one reviewer. His only interest in her is to see what he can get from her. He tries to manipulate her and force himself on her. He never shows any real concern for her at all. Sonny is a man obsessed with himself. He doesn't learn anything on his so called journey for redemption. He never shows any remorse. He never accepts responsibiliy for his actions. And when the law finally does catch up with him, Sonny sees it as Satan coming for him. The move was way too long, and actually kind of boring. Don't bother....more info
  • A true tale of salvation
    A great film should do the following: make you cry or laugh, make you want to examine and change your life, and last but not least, make you examine and change the world around you. Robert Duvall's, 'The Apostle,' does all three.

    I can't for the life of me understand why Christians have objected to this film. I can't think of a more profoundly Christian film than this. This story of one deeply flawed man's quest for salvation is The Pilgrim's Progress put to the screen.

    The Reverend Sonny's dilemma is one that many people struggle with. That of finding true faith and redemption. Duvall's Sonny is the archetypal, charismatic preacher who thinks he's doing God's will as pastor of his church. Important and revered, he appears to be on the holy road to Heaven. And then his life hits a wall. His beloved soul-mate in the Lord, convincingly played by Farrah Fawcett, decides she's had enough and wants out of their holy union. She leaves Sonny, taking along with her their two 'beauties.' At first, the reason beyond her decision seems unclear, but we soon learn that Sonny's behavior has been less than pearly white......Unable to digest the sudden loss of both family and church, Sonny's faith is put to the real test. He resents this double blow dealt by a God, whom he feels he has served so righteously over the years. In one of the film's most poignant scenes, we see a Jacob-like Sonny wrestling with his Maker, asking why..why..why..did this all happen to him. And then the journey begins. After killing his wife's new boyfriend in a drunken spree, Sonny has to run. And run he does. Down a Damascus Road that ultimately redeems him from his sins.

    Throwing off his past life and like Saul of Taursus, even his name, Sonny is forced to examine is seemingly saintly past life and thus, faces up to his trepasses. In yet another great scene(the film is full of them), Sonny acknowledges that his unfidelity broke up his marriage. In the backwoods of Louisiana, he purifies himself and sets out on the road to redemption.....

    Vowing to now do God's will and no longer his own, Sonny moves into a sleepy bayou community and sets it on fire with his desire to build a new church. While at first suspicious of the newcomer, the townspeople soon warm up to the Apostle, knowing that this stranger has indeed come from the Lord. Building up his church, the Apostle touches many in the community with his message. He even finds a new love, well-acted by Miranda Richardson. His encounters with the local redneck(Billy Bob Thornton in a short, but outstanding performance) were the highpoints of the film for me. At first, the Apostle tries to reach this troublemaker with the gospel of his two fists. The second time around though, in a breath-taking performance by both actors, compassion carries the day.

    While the supporting roles are top-notch, the film is truly Duvall's masterwork. He creates a character so movingly human, one begins to wonder how much of himself Duvall put into Sonny.

    The end of this masterpiece moves me to tears every time. Its message is somber and inspiring at the same time. We all have to pay for our sins in this world, but if we sacrifice ourselves for love and for others, redemption will surely come. As it did for Sonny.

    Watch this film and let yourself be transformed!...more info

  • The most honost film I've seen in terms of dealing with.....
    ...Christianity. Many Christians I know despise this film. I think it's mainly because The Apostle shows the bitter truth behind the men and women who serve God. This film is not apologetic or remotely reverent; it is brutally honest and actually, when considered closely, quite refreshing.

    Rovert Duvall, in a role that was destined for him, plays the part of a eccentric preacher who is running from his problems. His problems, and there are many, force him to leave his mega-church and flee from police. His actions - which I won't spoil - are shocking but somewhat justifiable.

    When out of town, the Apostle begins a multi-racial church in the deep south, cutting cross dividing lines while vigorously regaining his passion for the Lord. In it is in these moments, when he confronts his own lusts and fears, that the character of the Apostle shines through in honest, heart-bursting segments. He is a broken man, but still a man of God, just as many of the men and women of the Bible are. Bruised, battered, yet still willing. That's what I loved about this film. It is a true depiction of people who follow Jesus. We have misgivings, tempers, pride and lusts, yet, when it's all said and done, we can still move on.

    There is one segment, when a racist bigot - played handsomely by Billy Bob Thorton -threatens to tear down the mult-racial church. The scene ends with Thorton's exclusionary character on his knees in deep remorse and weeping for forgiveness. It's a beautiful thing to behold.

    This film is ruggedly honest and will make the pious and self-righteous crowd cringe with prudent dissaproval. But hey, those of you who are in touch with reality will probably love this film. I'm a preacher's kid and I know an honest attempt when I see one. This is it. Enjoy!...more info

  • Grace At Work
    A lot of people misunderstand this film because the title character is a mess, and they see it as a movie about Christian hypocrisy. But I think there's a deeper point to it. It is about a very flawed preacher, a man who cheats on his wife, who is violent, who blows it in a big way and then tries to reform himself. But as soon as temptation comes, he's right back to his old ways again.

    Then very subtly, a pattern begins to emerge. Through various circumstances, the man begins to recognize the consequences of his actions, and he begins to have a HEART change that accomplishes in him that reformation he was looking for. He sees a woman he was trying to seduce in the context of her family -- a family that looks very much like his own -- and his response tells us that his womanizing days are over. The first time he encounters an adversary, he beats the man into submission. The second time, he shows compassion, and the results are miraculous. Gradually, the man is led to a place of true repentance, a point of willingness to accept responsibility for his actions, and then, finally, he finds himself in a place where God can REALLY use his gift of ministry. It's subtle, just as God's work in real life is subtle, but those who know how God works will appreciate seeing this portrayal of the way he moves in the lives of men.

    The movie was written, funded and produced by Robert Duvall, who as far as I know is not a Christian. He places his story in a Southern-style Pentecostal/Holiness church, so there are a few controversial issues, such as the ongoing ministry of apostles. But it's not trying to sell that particular theology so much as portray it in the context of the story. The movie stars people like June Carter Cash, and many of the extras were real preachers and worshippers in churches across the South.

    My favorite scene is one where the man is pacing his bedroom in the middle of the night yelling at God because things aren't going the way he'd like. There's a powerful intimacy in that moment, the guy isn't just folding his hands and saying an "If it be thy will" prayer that he doesn't really feel. He's laying his heart out before God and confessing his anger. That is REAL prayer, the kind that changes lives, because when we stop hiding our hearts and open up to him, that's when he can really begin to work in us.

    As a Christian and a movie fan, I rate this movie five out of five. Yes, there are some flaws, but the quality of the writing, the acting, and production are awesome for an independent film, and if the message is a little too subtle for some, well, God's message never does pound people over the head....more info

  • Lust (?), Obsession (?), Revenge (?)...Redemption
    Honest, the above, except for my parenthetical question marks, is how this video was marketed, those words being on the video box. Well, all I can say is I feel sorry for anyone who believed that he or she was getting a steamy, violent movie.

    That said, this is really a good movie. Sure, it misses the "great" plateau, but it still is worth seeing if the portrayal of Pentecostal religion isn't a turn-off to you.

    This movie was a project of love by Duvall. He believed in it enough to finance a large part of it himself when the studios refused to have anything to do with it. So you have a rarity here, a movie made not to make money (though I'm sure Duvall didn't refuse the money I'm sure he made on it) but to satisfy the creative integrity of the leading actor and director.

    You probably know the basic story. Sonny is a sincere, though flamboyant, preacher with feet of clay. His flaws lead him into a situation where he commits an act of violence, and flees the law. But his life is preaching, and he builds a small church in rural Louisiana...and so the story goes from there. Billy Bob Thornton is excellent in his two scenes, and this was the picture that introduced him to me. June Carter Cash, Farrah Fawcett, they are also great in this. The entire cast was great.

    Different people see different levels of morality in this film. Myself, I saw it as the story of a good man (flawed, yes...is there anyone reading this who isn't flawed?) who cracks under the pressure of losing all of importance in his life and commits an act that irrevocably changes his life. Slowly, he works himself back up, and is redeemed.

    As a film, it is slow paced. The beginning 20 minutes are basically introduction to the main character. The final 20 minutes is basically Sonny's last sermon, but there are touches during that period of time that build up an emotional tension.

    Don't be in a rush to shut off this video when the credits start rolling. There is an epilog which helps put the finishing touches to Sonny's story.

    All in all, a satisfying movie if the emotional Pentecostal flavor doesn't spoil it for you....more info

  • robert duvall was excellent
    but something about this film i just didnt like. maybe because i'm not a baptist southerner. i dont know....more info
  • ...i'm so inspired, I wanna reach a little higher...
    ...man, I can't say enough good things about this movie. Recently, I was encouraging someone to see it, and then I thought that I'd see it again myself. I think I loved it more than when I saw it the first time (if that's even possible). This is obviously Robert Duvall's "baby", as he poured so much of his time, money and energy into this compelling film. His acting is so superb, I'm inclined to wonder if he's ever been a pentecostal preacher at any point in his life. Seriously, though, the film takes a close look at the life of Sonny (a.k.a. the Apostle "EF") and all the issues he's faced with as a man of God. Indeed, he is a man of God, filled with unimagineable passion and zeal for God...but his life is troubled with his own fleshly weaknesses, and those of his wife, as well...
    Even in spite of all he deals with, all the dilemmas he must face, and all the places he must run to hide from the inevitable, what most impresses me about this movie is this man's honesty with God. He would yell at God, question God, but never did he hold back with God, and I think this is how he learned to develop the deep intimacy he shared with God...it was this intimacy that shaped his life, his love and passion...
    This is an excellent movie YOU MUST SEE...finally a Christian man is represented as a REAL person...not corny, not wimpy, but real, with real issues and real emotions, but living in relationship with a very REAL God that he turns to time and time again...
    This movie is not "religious" in the way you may be inclined to think, so don't shrink away from it if you don't consider yourself a "religious" person...enjoy the unfolding of his tale and the peeling away of his layers...I am amazed at the influence this man had in the lives of nearly everyone he met...however brief the encounter, he had real impact --- very impressive stuff. The movie is not so much about religion per se, as it is about people and the unexpected turns our lives take....more info
  • Intelligent, beautiful, a tad too long
    Robert Duvall spent years trying to get "The Apostle" made. Finally, he struck a deal after agreeing to put up a fairly large percentage of the budget himself. I hope he got his money back. By current standards, it was not expensive to make.

    I do not know what drove Duvall to get "The Apostle," which he also wrote, onto the screen. Whatever his reasons, I am glad he persisted.

    It does make sense that it was hard to finance. Morality tales have not been in vogue for a couple of decades. Tragedies have never been popular. By tragedy, I am referring to the classical definition, which, in simple terms, is a story about a powerful person who is undone by one fatal flaw. "The Apostle" fits this criteria.

    Perhaps the primary reason for its mediocre commercial success is that its main character is an evangelical Southern preacher. That such a person could be an intelligent being, who fully and honestly believes that its his calling to bring people to salvation, is beyond the experience of the vast majority of Americans.

    Yet the protagonist - Apostle E. F. - could be anyone who truly wants to be a good person, but is undone by a bad habit or obsession they cannot overcome. His being an evangelical preacher seems to me to be an obviously good choice to build the story around. In the process, it is an eye opener for people who categorize all singing, shouting, charismatic religious leaders as raving maniacs.

    Duvall hit the jackpot with his very first film. He played Bo Ridley in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Since then, he has had many choice roles, including "The Godfather Trilogy" and the TV miniseries, "Lonesome Dove." In "The Apostle," as E. F., he pulls out all the stops and gives perhaps his finest performance.

    Even though Billy Bob Thornton has but two scenes, his performance is first rate. He is such a fine actor that one hardly recognizes him as the same man who starred in "Sling Blade." If any of you receive the cable channel BBC America, do not miss him in the British miniseries "Edge of Darkness."

    Farrah Fawcett, as E.F.'s wife, is given a rare opportunity to act. I've never understood why her talents have been largely wasted for years.

    June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny, portrays E.F.'s mother. To watch her, you'd think she'd been making movies for years.

    This is the seventh movie filmed around Lafayette, Louisiana. One of the most beautiful areas in The South, it is particularly well utilized here.

    The film's main failure is that it runs about twenty minutes too long. Actors who turn directors often make this mistake. Mel Gibson did it in "Braveheart," while Kevin Costner has done it in all his movies. There are exceptions, of course, such as Clint Eastwood and Jodie Foster.

    I think the excessive length problem occurs less from ego problems than from the fact that actors have different training than directors do. Just as the greatest actors can tell us more with their body language than with their dialog, so can the greatest directors make each scene propel the plot along.

    This is the kind of film I hesitate to write a plot synopsis for. It could spoils things for the viewer. I can tell you that the story is mesmerizing and particularly believable....more info

  • Review
    Wonderful. You can watch with your family and not be embarrassed.
    Very realistic and does not make Christians look bad, evil or just plain dumb. Favorite line: (The black lady with twin boys is hurrying out front to catch the church bus.) "We going to praise the Lord now I don't wanna hafta woop ya."...more info
  • Real Faith.
    One of the best films of the 1990's is THE APOSTLE. Robert Duvall stars as the gifted Southern preacher, Sonny. Sonny has a great life: he loves his work, he has a beautiful family, and is loved by all in his community. Things turn sour, however, when Sonny discovers his wife is having an affair with the church youth pastor. Sonny goes into a rage, then begins a search for redemption as The Apostle.

    This is a great film. It is also a movie that shows Christianity in a real and positive light. Part of this is due to the stellar cast: Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton, and Miranda Richardson. Also, many of the extras were real people, non-actors who were filmed while worshipping God.

    Nevertheless, the majority of the film's success resides with Duvall. Besides starring, he also wrote, directed, and executive produced. He spent nearly 15 years trying to get this picture made before finally securing enough funding (largely from his own pockedt) to begin filming. Duvall's performance is phenomenal (he was robbed of an Oscar by Jack Nicholson) and his love and passion for the project are seen in the directing and writing as well.

    THE APOSTLE is a great film with a moving story and powerful message. Thank you, Mr. Duvall and Praise the Lord....more info

  • An Strong Drama on the believe of God.
    A Texas Pentecostal Preacher named Sonny Dewey (Robert Duvall in a Oscar Nominated Role) catches his wife (Farrah Fawcett) in bed with a local youth director, which he nearly kills him with a Baseball Bat. Now he`s running from the law, moving to Louisiana to Start all over again by Opening a Negiected Country Chapel and gathers a new flock.

    This film is about Redemption and the Flawed, flamboyant servant of God is full of Emotional and Regilious Truth. Written and Directed by Oscar-Winner:Robert Duvall has made a Strong Believable film. Strong Supporting cast including:Miranda Richardson, Todd Allen, John Beaskey, Oscar-Winner:Billy Bob Thornton & June Carter Cash. An unforgettable film. Grade:A....more info

  • Breaks stereotypes and rings with authenticity!
    Until now, my view of Pentecostal churches in the South has been rooted in films such as Elmer Gantry and newsreels of right-to-lifers demonstrating outside of abortion clinics. Southern preachers are always depicted as charlatans and narrow-minded bigots with an intelligence level way below that of human beings. This film breaks that pattern and explodes all those assumptions with startling authenticity. Robert Duval, in a truly magnificent performance, plays one of those preachers. Jesus and the Church are part of his life and, in the first scene, he stops his car at an highway accident and gives comfort to a seriously injured young man. Later, he and his mother sing hymns in the car and there is a loving domestic scene with his wife, played by Farrah Fawcett, and his two children. His marriage, however, is on the rocks, and he commits a passionate act of violence. Now he has to run.

    He runs then, and, when he gets into a slight accident and his car gets sunk in the river, he emerges with nothing but a small briefcase and the clothes on his back. All this time he is praying to Jesus and the praying is real. I could, myself, sense the man's torment and his struggles with himself. He meets an old crippled black man fishing in a river who gives him food and shelter and eventually he finds out that there is a small town in Louisiana in need of a preacher. He travels to the town and hooks up with an elderly black preacher to build a church. And build a church he does. He takes low paying jobs selling ice cream, working at a diner as a short order cook, working in a gas station to raise money. There is an old church building to rebuild and people in the town help paint and make repairs, and he goes on the local radio station and recruits rarishioners. Lately I read a long article about Pentecostal churches and how they are truly integrated in ways that churches in the South have not seen before. This is clearly demonstrated in the movie and the congregants who are not professional actors give a meaningful and honest picture of the way it really is.

    I understand now how much meaning the church has in these people's lives. It gives them hope and joy and a way to dance and sing and come together. Going to church is like going to a big party where a catharsis of emotion uplifts the spirit and refreshes the soul. When a town racist and bully comes to destroy the church with a bulldozer, in a complex scene in which good and evil are pitted against each other, good eventually wins out and the bully converts. Robert Duval sees himself as a sinner who can therefore help others because he understands the nature of sin. His mother is dying and he cannot go home. He still thinks of his wife and his children. But he tries to court Miranda Richardson, a member of the congregation, who is separated from her husband. Their awkward first date and groping kisses further humanize him.

    This an exceptional drama, authentic and original. Make it a point to see The Apostle. It is more than a good story with outstanding acting. It expands understanding and appreciation for a way of life that even a jaded New Yorker like myself can understand. Highly recommended....more info

  • "Move on over, moon and stars!"
    "The Apostle", starring Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Miranda Richardson, and John Beasley, is an outstanding film, beautifully written and acted, breathtaking in its simplicity and yet imbued with complex and deeply etched characters, is a stunning and realistic portrayal of life inside a southern Pentecostal Christian community, and of one man's search for redemption.

    "The Apostle" is Euliss "Sonny" Dewey, a Pentecostal preacher whose life is forever changed when he commits a horrific act of violence, a crime of passion committed in response to his wife's infidelity. The majority of this beautifully crafted film takes place in the small town of Bayou Boutte Louisiana. After fleeing from justice, Sonny, now self-baptized as "The Apostle E.F.," sets about resurrecting a small Pentecostal church near the town. This "church in the wildwood" had fallen into disuse after the retirement of its pastor, the Reverend C. Charles Blackwell (played by John Beasley). With his infectious smile, eternally effervescent personality, and obvious love for the Lord, the "Apostle E.F." soon sets this bayou community on its ear. In only a few weeks, the "One Way Road to Heaven," as the newly re-created church is called, has grown from only seven to over thirty members. Church members are involved in distributing food to the poor; the Apostle has begun a stirring "Holy Ghost Power" weekly radio broadcast.

    Sonny's conscience constantly reminds him of the enormity of his crime, forcing him to deal with the issue of balancing God's love with God's justice. How he does this is perhaps the central theme of this marvelous film. How does Sonny react when the "long arm of the law" finally reaches out to bring him to justice? Watch this wonderful film to find out!

    "The Apostle" was a labor of love for writer/executive producer/star Robert Duvall. It took Duvall fourteen years to see his pet project through to fruition; his commitment is readily evident throughout the film. His performance as "The Apostle" has tremendous depth and credibility. In this veteran actor's hands, the character of Sonny Dewey, with all its complexity, illuminates the screen. Other performances of note are those of John Beasley as the compassionate yet strong-willed Reverend Blackwell; and, in an excellent cameo appearance, June Carter-Cash as Sonny's mother. Only the performance of Farrah Fawcett suffers; her portrayal of Jessie Dewey lacks power. The character she portrays seems too unemotional and detached in every scene in which she appears.

    "The Apostle" is a wonderfully sensitive, well crafted film which explores many issues confronting humanity: good versus evil; justice versus mercy; and virtue versus vice. This movie provides sensitive answers to pressing questions, and does so without ever becoming moralistic or "preachy." With a top-shelf screenplay and first-rate performances by an excellent cast, "The Apostle" is wonderful entertainment, as well as a movie with an important message....more info

  • compelling
    In a film that took 13 years and $5 million of his own money, Robert Duvall tells the story of The Reverend Eulis "Sonny" Dewey, a charismatic Pentacostal preacher. As the film opens, Sonny is being brought (dragged?) to church by a black woman, perhaps a nanny. In this ramshackle building, amongst the predominantly black parishioners, Sonny hears the fire and brimstone sermons and is himself moved to take up preaching. His present life finds him the head of his own church in East Texas; driving a luxury car with "Sonny" plates; living in a big house; married to a pretty blonde wife (Farrah Fawcett); with two lovely blonde children (his "beauties"); a powerful man with a big ego. But there's a worm in the apple and when the Lord wakes him in a motel one night and tells him to check his bed at home, Sonny discovers that his wife has taken up with the church's youth minister.

    It is clear that the marriage has been troubled before, not least of all because Sonny is on the road so much and has a "wandering eye", but now his wife tells him she wants out. She even refuses to pray with him. Then, adding insult to injury, he finds that she has taken the church from him too. Sonny takes to arguing with the Lord, wondering what he's supposed to do with himself now, waiting for a sign. But with no guidance forthcoming, Sonny, at loose ends and drinking too much, shows up at a little league game to see his children and the youth minister unwisely confronts him. In an explosion of temper, but one that's been simmering, Sonny lays him out with a baseball bat.

    Taking it on the lam, Sonny discards all vestiges of his former life. An old black man lets Sonny stay with him for a few days and tells him about a minister he knows down in Louisianna, C. Charles Blackwell. Sonny, after much soul searching and further discussions with the Lord, rebaptizes himself as "The Apostle E. F." and heads to Bayou Boutte to meet Brother Blackwell

    There Sonny takes on several menial jobs and cultivates a friendship with the appropriately distrustful Blackwell, who has been forced by ill health to abandon his church. Sonny, his charisma intact and now possessed by a fierce desire to found a new church, wins Blackwell's trust (or at least a bemused acquiesence), gains his first disciple in a young mechanic he works with; gets time on a local radio station to speak the Word, and restores Blackwell's old church. From humble beginnings--the first service is attended by only a handful of people--Sonny begins to build a congregation and a relationship with the surrounding community. One of the locals, played by Billy Bob Thornton, takes exception to the idea of blacks and whites worshipping together, but Sonny first beats him and then confounds him with love ("So spake the Son of God, and Satan stood A while as mute, confounded what to say." --John Milton).

    Finally, Sonny tells Blackwell who he really is and why he's there. He knows that the law must soon close in on him, but until they do he just wants to devote himself to the church. The story builds--at a stately pace, it's true--to an extended final scene in which Sonny conducts his last service with the police waiting to arrest him, having perhaps been betrayed by the mechanic.

    This is a surprising movie in many ways, but chiefly for the generosity of Duvall's vision. Producer, writer, director, star, he obviously has something to say here and the one message that comes through most clearly is the power of faith in the lives of Sonny and his flock. One of the most unusual things about the portrayal of Sonny is that there is never a single moment in the movie where it seems like he is playing a role. Think what you will of his surpassing ego and the undeniable control he seeks to exert on people; he is nonetheless a man who truly believes in what he's saying and feels a genuine calling to serve the Lord and his fellow man. The humility with which he recognizes his own sinfulness and asks God's guidance, the willingness with which he embraces poverty, the eagerness with which he seeks hard work in order to fund the church, the love with which he approaches everyone, all mark him as a good and decent man, despite his obvious sins and character flaws.

    You may disapprove of Sonny's more extreme character traits and impulsive actions (though the Old Testament-style punishment he metes out seems fair where adultery is concerned) and may find his religion unusual, but he's a truly compelling figure. All credit is due to Duvall who has crafted one of the most well-rounded and even-handed portraits of a man of faith in any picture that I can recall. His time and money were well spent.

    GRADE : A...more info

  • Struggle between flesh and spirit
    This is absolutely one of my favorite movies due to the fact that you can clearly see the struggle of mankind -- the struggle between flesh and spirit.

    The main character, played by Robert Duvall, is a man that loves God with all his heart, wants to be used of God and minister to people yet hasn't won the battle that rages in him and that is the battle for control of his life -- spirit vs. flesh.

    What I liked was that even though he made mistakes, even though he made wrong decisions, God forgave him and mightily used him to further the Kingdom of God. You could see how God can take a situation that seems hopeless and turn it around to be mightily used by Him to turn the eyes of all to the only One who matters -- God Himself!!

    This is one to watch again and again to remind yourself that we are human and do make mistakes, but that there is always forgiveness for a repentant heart and a time to move on in the things of God. Despite mistakes, God can always use a repentant, yielded-to-God heart --- and you will clearly see that in this movie!...more info

  • Great perfomance. Plot?
    Beware of Pentecostals. I'm not sure that I have ever seen one in real life, but if they turn out to be anything like Robert Duvall's character Sonny in "The Apostle," then I'd turn around and run faster than if it were a Southern Baptist. Duvall's performance as on over-the-top Texas preacher and self-baptised apostle of God is fantastic; the best scenes of the film are those in which he is given (or gives himself, I suppose) free reign to go Hallelujah-crazy, Thank You Jesus. However, taking out those great parts, there's not all that much left to the film to really make it all that good.

    When I think of Texas, I think of three things: President Bush, Lyle Lovett, and crazy preachers. This film's got two of the three, which ain't bad. (No, Lyle doesn't show up; he provides the exit music). Duvall runs a decent-sized parish but is driven out but some parishoners due to his questionable moral actions (his "wandering eye"). You think "Too bad for Sonny," then, Woops! ....

    From there, it's your classic redemption story. Sonny wants to be saved, and he succeeds. It's a riveting character study, although it's neither illuminating nor unpredictable. The supporting cast is a trifle curious, as the noteworthy performers (Farrah Fawcett, Miranda Richardson, and the auspisiously endearing Billy Bob Thornton) are all given lackluster roles. It's the unknowns who are the ones with performances worthy of sharing the stage with Duvall, specifically Walt Goggins as the Iscariot-esque Sam, and John Beasley as the former preacher of Sonny's new ministry.

    Maybe it's an unfair overstatement to say that the plot is useless, but I'm not so sure that Duvall wouldn't have been better off just filming himself preaching than trying to build a story around it. Or, better yet, perhaps he should hit the road on the tent revival circuit, Thank You Robert!...more info

  • One of the greatest American films
    It took 15 years for Robert Duvall to bring The Apostle to the screen. He wrote, starred in, cast, executive produced, and directed the picture, and after years of fruitless fund-raising, paid for it. It is clear, from his dedication and from the director's commentary on the DVD, that for Duvall, this is THE movie--his legacy. Anyone familiar with Duvall's prodigious talent will have high expectations, and they will be more than fulfilled. The Apostle is a tour de force, one of the finest American films of the century. Duvall's performance as Pentecostal preacher "Sonny" Dewey is unforced and subtle (unjustly denied Best Actor at the Oscars). He refuses to condescend or stereotype. Most of the extras were cast from the southern churches he studied; the result is an honesty and energy almost unheard of in portrayals of religion in film. The Apostle is witness to the benefits of having one person at the helm--Duvall refuses to rush the pace, refuses to cut scenes purely for brevity's sake. The film is slow, deliberate, and powerful, a triumph for one of America's great living actors....more info
  • Powerful and Uplifting Performance
    Robert Duvall has always been one of my favorite actors, but most of the time he was on the side, not always the main star of the movie. And I always knew he would one day deliver a performance that would make Hollywood stand up and recongnize this man again (yes I know about Tender Mercices but that was a long time ago). And finally after nearly 15 years, Duvall's labor of love was released in 1997 and garnered critical praise everywhere. He nearly one another Academy Award for Best Actor but was beat out by Jack Nicholson. What is so good about "The Apostle" is that it displays the life of a Christian, yet it is realistic. It doesn't show this man as perfect who always does the right thing, it shows him as what he is, a human with faults. He has a "wandering eye" and is lead to drink after finding out his wife has left him. But what I really liked about this movie is that it goes on to show how the Apostle E.F. gets right with God and re-opens an old Church, before his sin comes back to haunt him in the final scene. Growing up in a Pentecostal/Holiness background this film may have had a greater effect on me than others, but I still feel that this is a great movie for people who love outstanding perfomances....more info
  • Fine Duvall performance, but I found it dull
    This was a movie I really expected to like-- and that I really wanted to like. I've always been a big fan of Duvall, and I had heard nothing but good about this film from critics-- including critics who I usually find myself in agreement with. And in truth, Duvall does give a stunning performance as a passionate, devout, committed, and yet very flawed and very human evangelical preacher. Nonetheless, I found myself quite bored with this movie. I just didn't find the character he portrays to be that *interesting*. Nor did I find the circumstances in which he found himself (i.e. the plot) to make for that exciting of a story. Maybe my expectations were just raised too high by all the praise of the film that I heard. Or maybe, if evangical Christianity were a personal issue in my life, I would have found this character study more engaging. But, sadly, the story really just didn't do anything for me....more info
  • What a fantastic movie!
    Wow! You never want to think that someone would react the way Apostle did when in the same situation, but you hear about it all the time on the evening news. What incredible story-telling! Robert was just fantastic as the Bible-thumping, pew-jumping preacher! What a story of redemption!...more info
  • No matter the circumstances, no matter the situation. Faith endures.
    This is a great movie. Like the Bible, it deals with humanity as it is, not as it is supposed to be. Christ is perfect. We Christians are not perfect...at least not yet. :-)

    Contrary to what some have said, this movie is a movie that Christians should see. It portrays the faith in very positive terms. Not as the hypocritical, legalistic and club-like modern (organized) churches, but as the passionate faith that drives us to struggle against the our own nature as we seek a relationship with our Creator. (Important side note, while Christianity is about individual faith, it will always draw us away from ourselves and into Communion with God and other Christians, and even to our enemies beyond the Church.)

    There are several scenes that stand out in this movie. For example, the scene where Sonny praises a clergyman from another faith tradition as having different ways of doing the same job...sharing the good news that Jesus Christ has saved us from ourselves.

    My favorite scene is the very last one in the movie. To comment further would give it away. I just hope that you will watch the movie to see it. :-)

    The Christian Faith is passion for the one-and-only God who is our Creator, Savior, and Spiritual Guide. The Apostle shows this passion....more info
  • An amazing movie
    First of all i am a (pentacostal)Christian, and i have never heard about this movie. And i have to say now after watching this movie to my regret.

    I bought this movie NEW in a store for about 1 dollar. Yes 1$. There was someone over there in the store wich told me it's a great movie. Sure i thought well see.

    Well after me and my family and some of our friends saw this movie we all
    had the same conclusion. THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME GREAT TERIFFIC.

    Especially Christians should see this movie. I don't know how non believers will react to this movie.

    I want so say a brief thing about the livestyle of this preacher, there
    are parts of it wich are really bad. But you have to look at a person like
    God does. Only Jesus is perfect and every Christian has his flaws. If a mature Christian looks at this movie and knows his bible. I think he will
    like this movie. Remember lukewarmness is also a sin.


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  • Glory, Glory to God! Hallelujah, Thank you, Jesus!
    ...and I say that as a Buddhist.

    I both live and work in Hollywood, and this must have been a very tough picture for Robert Duvall to get made. "The Industry" tends to treat religious faith with contempt and ridicule -- Hollywood can't believe there are people who actually place their faith in anything besides fame and money. Religious people end up being treated in film as either comically delusional or slick confidence artists. Hollywood lives in a cultural bubble of its own making and just can't understand any other set of values.

    In contrast, this film really reflects the Pentacostal communities of Texas and Louisiana, and does so without looking down at the people who live there. How refreshing. I'd be very curious to know how this movie works for people in the UK or other countries.

    This is one of my favorite movies - I have seen it several times.
    I really admire Robert Duvall for working to make this picture a reality. The character he plays is a three-dimensional, flawed human being who is "on fire for the Lord". He'll minister to anybody, anywhere. And he's most at home with a shoutin' congregation in a shoutin' church.

    Jack Nicholson won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1997 ("As Good as it Gets"), and I think Duvall got robbed. R-O-B-B-E-D. Robbed.

    Somebody say "Amen".

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  • Simply Brilliant!
    I've always been a Robert Duvall fan and this movie is by far one of his best performances! What a treat to see June Carter Cash on screen!...more info
  • Praise Jesus, Duvall delivers on every front one of the most intriguing character studies in recent years...
    If ever there was a movie that relied so much on a single performance to reach greatness it is this movie. Seriously, `The Apostle' could have easily gone camp had Robert Duvall's performance been off key. Well we can all praise Jesus (ha) that Robert Duvall invested his heart and soul into this amazingly spirited performance. As Sonny he completely becomes absorbed into this man, into this role of his career and delivers a brilliantly controlled and emotionally fleshed out performance. This is coming from someone who has never really cared for Duvall and felt he was an overrated actor. It's funny because my best friend idolizes him and swears up and down he's the greatest actor ever and I just never saw it, until last night, and now I get it, or at least now I realize that when he's good he's pretty darn perfect.

    In `The Apostle' we meet Sonny, a charismatic somewhat obsessive Texas preacher who has all but driven his wife away due to his philandering ways. We watch his life fall apart as his wife leaves him for another man, a youth minister, taking his children and eventually his church away from him. In a fit of rage Sonny attacks his wife's lover with a baseball bat sending him into a coma and forcing Sonny to leave town. Sonny winds up in Bayou Boutte, Louisiana, a small town that seems to soak up his eccentric style. Claiming that the lord sent him, Sonny dons the persona of The Apostle E.F. and starts to build his church from the ground up, enlisting the help of a former minister in the area. He begins to move forward with his life, corralling the community together for the lord's work, even going as far as to strike a relationship of sorts with a young woman in the town. His past though cannot stay buried forever and as the condition of his wife's lover worsens the intensity to find and charge Sonny increases.

    The supporting players here are all at the very least decent, but no one is really given the limelight aside from Duvall. Farrah Fawcett does a fine job as Sonny's ex-wife and Billy Bob Thornton does an excellent job as a local troublemaker out to destroy Sonny's newfound church but neither of them is given more than a passing glance of screen time. June Carter Cash is deliciously effective as Sonny's ailing mother and she does more in her few minutes of time than the whole of the supporting cast put together. I was not as impressed with Miranda Richardson as critics appeared to have been, I felt she was a bit too childish in her performance, but then again maybe that's what she was going for. I didn't like it. John Beasley does a fine job as Blackwell, the minister who gives Sonny a helping hand, and Rick Dial and Walton Goggins are both well used as townsfolk immediately drawn to Sonny.

    Really though, there is no actor here that deserves mention more than Robert Duvall. His performance is downright perfection. In fact, played any other way and this movie would have been a failure. It would have been so easy for a film like this to become nothing more than a laugh riot, especially when you're subject matter is that of the bible thumping extremists, but Duvall is so serious, so devoted and so convincing that he manages to keep with the dramatic tones of the film and deliver to us a well constructed and effortlessly mesmerizing portrayal. His performance won all kinds of critics awards and quite frankly should have won the Oscar. `The Apostle' was truly a labor of love for the actor who also wrote, directed and even financed the film himself when no studio would greenlight it. Sure he was reimbursed when the film took off but regardless, that shows devotion, and that devotion is what helped bring his performance to new life.

    Consider me a believer....more info
  • The Best Movie Ever
    This is one of Robert Duvall's best performances. I would definitly recommend this movie. If you believe in redemption then this movie is for you....more info
  • A complex, moving depiction of faith, Christianity, and humanity...
    I really liked this film. This film offers something much more than the usual "southern people are inbreeders, racists, and homophobes". It shows a complicated man, played by Robert Duvall, who is not a perfect man, but who is in fact, well, he did something that's a felon, we'll say. But here he is desperately trying to redeem himself and that of his small flock in a small town in Louisiana. This is a really wonderful, sincere, and at times, spellbinding film, one that shows a much more nuanced, complex, and quite moving portrayal of the deep South, something that Hollywood never offers. Films that show the complexities of faith really scare Hollywood and the left, as they dismiss anyone of the Chrisitian faith as a right winger hater. While many calling themselves Christians (preachers of the ilk of Falwell and James Dobson) embrace the "god hates fags and abortions" line (and ignore everything else in the gospel), they do so simply to attain political power more than anything else, and have no real desire to help their fellow man spiritually. Duvall's character here isn't like that at all. He is a man who truly wants to be delivered and saved, and that makes a lot of people who dismiss faith very uncomfortable. I really loved this film, as it makes you feel and think, an excellent combination. Duvall should be commended for this film, as he financed it completely on his own, and it's one of his best films. ...more info
  • I Love This Movie
    It is true that this movie is a brutal and honest look at the men who serve God. They are no different from non-clergy. They have emotions, lusts, demons, nightmares, desires just like everyone else. But the movie absolutely brings it all together in one powerful depiction of a preacher's bitterness, anger, and ultimately his redemption. This movie also crosses racial divides by showing the South as it truly is - honest and hardworking people that really do love one another regardless of race. Of course, there are those few bigots that can be found anywhere in the country and Billy Bob Thornton plays a part about this in a scene from the movie. What follows is truly a miracle and brings tears to my eyes even now. I will remember this movie for a very long time. Powerful stuff.
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  • A great work indeed
    Robert Duval, the cast, and crew all do a great job and make The Apostile the best of the flawed preacher films. Robert Duvals Apostile E,F. is realer and more beleavable than Burt Lancasters Elmer Gantry. I like this style of peaching better than the cold stoic kind....more info