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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

Machine Gun Preacher

Overview


Genre

Biography, Drama, Action

Release Date

September 23, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

123 min.

Studio

Relativity Media

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Marc Forster

Producer

Robbie Brenner, Craig Chapman, Deborah Giarratana, Marc Forster, Gary Safady

Screenwriter

Jason Keller

Starring

Story


"Machine Gun Preacher" is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster's (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption.

When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed-in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.

But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA's intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives-and eventually his own. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper's Penguins), Academy Award nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleymane Sy Savane ("Damages").

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Gerard Butler
36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival - Machine Gun Preacher - Premiere Arrivals
Sep 11, 2011
Gerard Butler
36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival - Machine Gun Preacher - Premiere Arrivals
Sep 11, 2011

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the film never gets beyond pulp psychology. It's like Machete remade as an awards-bait snoozer..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..an impressively heroic true-life story that unfortunately doesn't go far enough in examining its unusual hero..”
by Kirk Honeycutt [Hollywood Reporter]
“..the film's dramatic opacity can be maddening..”
by Joe Morgenstern [Wall Street Journal]