The Apostle with Robert Duvall (PG13) (1998) (134 mins)
ISBN 0-7832-7972-8 Our overall rating (out of 5 stars) 3 Stars
The Apostle movie is an unusual and very interesting movie. Robert Duvall did a fantastic job of capturing the flavor of the Pentecostal Church in the poor, rural deep south of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. That portion of the deep south that borders the Gulf of Mexico.
We only recommend this movie for mature Christians.
Southerns will understand and appreciate this movie more than others; however, whether you like this movie or not will be personal. This movie will not have general appeal to the Christian community. However, we think it is a great movie and we would have rated this film higher (4 stars) except our rating are partially based on the appeal of the movie to the broader Christian community.
P.S. Its also a long movie (2 hours and 14 minutes).
(The following is edited from the DVD movie jacket.)
Lust, obsession, revenge ... and redemption!
He was touched by the poser and filled with the spirit. A man of faith. A man of the flesh. A man plagued by the darker side of human desire, and rage.
In his 1998 Academy Award nominated performance, Robert Duvall is Sonny, a gifted Southern preacher loved by his community. When Sonny loses control and commits a crime of passion, he is forced to run from the law. Hiding out in the small town of Bayou Boutte. Sonny adopts a new identity and sets out on a new mission - to find the road to redemption. With power performances by Billy Bob THornton, Farrah Fawcett and Mirada RIchardson, the Apostle is "nothing short of astonishing!" Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC-TV
"Two thumbs up! A Triumph!" Roger Ebert, Siskel & Ebert