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Machine Gun Preacher [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Madeline Carroll, Kathy Baker
  • Directors: Marc Forster
  • Producers: Marc Forster, Robbie Brenner, Deborah Giarratana, Gary Safady
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AC7PJMA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,337 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gerard Butler stars in this action biopic of Sam Childers, a one-time drug-dealing LA biker who becomes a crusader for child soldiers in Sudan following his dramatic conversion to Christianity. The film follows Childers as he puts his lowlife gangland origins behind him and follows a spiritual calling to embark on a series of dangerous armed missions into war-torn East Africa. Despite dire warnings from government agencies, he sets up an orphanage for children kidnapped by the LRA, a renegade militia army that routinely forces youngsters to become soldiers before they reach their teens.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Katrina-UK on 2 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
Gerard Butler has his best role to date playing real life person Sam Childers, a down and out in America who is hooked on drugs and involved in dealing them. Things come to a head when he ends up brutally stabbing a hitchhiker who tries to attack him and his friend, and dumping his body on the side of the road. He looks to his wife, a born again Christian for help and his life evolves in more ways than one....

In a very realistic portrayal of the crisis in Sudan, understandably this is a heartbreaking film especially because the barbarism still continues today, however Gerard Butler's character breaks that up with his inspirational speeches and drive. He reinforces that sense of urgency about not sitting in some board room talking, but about 'taking action'.

All in all, a must see film!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By YD on 15 Nov 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This is a must see movie. An unbelievable story of one person's struggle to help children in South Sudan who were being taken from their homes and brutalized, turned into (unwilling) soldiers, abused beyond our imagination.
Gerard Butler is giving an outstanding performance as Sam Childers.
You might also want to read the book "Sam Childers Another Man's War"
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By frisby on 26 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
This really is a must see film for the outstanding performance by Gerard Butler in this role. It is such a shame that it didn't get more publicity and a wider release at the time, and how Mr Butler didn't get nominated for any awards for his performance as Sam Childers is beyond me.
Gerry totally becomes the character of Childers to the point you completely forget you are watching Gerard Butler. Acting at it's finest and not a hint of a Scottish accent!
Good supporting performances too, especially from Michael Shannon as Childers' junkie friend.
A heartbreaking story that deserves to be seen by all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hepzibah Twist on 29 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
Machine Gun Preacher would not have been a film I would readily have chosen to watch. Having done so, I can say I have seen a film that is immensely touching and at times painstaking to watch. It isn't easy viewing, especially due to the nature of the film, but it is one I would recommend. Gerard Butler gives his finest performance to date as a man whose past is brutal to say the least, but whose life is changed by an incident which leads him to find God. His new found faith leads him to Uganda, and then more importantly to the Sudan, where he witnesses scenes that would remain with anyone for life. He decides to undertake building an orphanage. Along the way he comes across numerous obstacles and in many ways despite his good efforts takes on the role of mercenary. As the film goes on you go through this journey along with Gerard Butlers character. I am not sure if I am left believing the lead charachter is a Saint for what he has done, or a sinner for his past crimes. I think that is one for each individual to decide upon. The fact that this is based on real life makes it all the more disturbring. Either way you are left realising what an awful world we sometimes live in. Not for the faint hearted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
Based on a true story, the movie opens with a brutal genocidal attack on a village, one where a child is being forced at gunpoint to smash his mother's head...but before that happens we flashback 2 weeks earlier. Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) is getting out of prison. He was quick sex with his wife (Michelle Monaghan) in the car before they make it home to the trailer park. He is upset that his wife is now packing mushrooms and has stopped stripping, but not as upset as I was.

Within 5 minutes, Sam reaches a point in his life where he will either die, go back to jail, or find the Jesus he dreads. He opts for the lesser of 3 evils and goes to church with his wife. He finds Jesus, a bar of soap, shampoo, and a shirt with sleeves. When Jesus sends a tornado through central Pa., it created a construction business for Sam, however the only way he can stop chasing the rabbit is to save his buddy. The next thing you know, he is off to Africa.

Combining his Christian belief and bad boy past (which, believe it or not the movie downplayed) Sam decides he can help in Sudan and save part of it by building an orphanage (target) in a war zone. He discovers things are not that easy, even with God on your side. Sam becomes obsessed with Sudan to the point it effects his home life. The scenes have low level intensity.

This is an excellent film. It is well acted with mediocre editing. This is not a "come to Jesus" film, but the story can not be told without showing that aspect of Sam's life. Indeed, at one point the violence causes Sam to question his faith. The closing credits shows actual film of Sam and his family.

F-bombs, brief car sex, no nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The film tells us the story of how 'Sam Childers' (Gerard Butler) transformed his life from a villian to become a 'hero' in a far off land.
It starts with his release from prison, his family whilst he was serving time had turned to the church for comfort, and in fact had found 'faith'
'Sam' now released seems to want to pick up where he had left off risking a further jail term, however his family, now deeply religous persuade him to join them at a 'service'
'Sam' finds unexpectantly the service and baptism of comfort, he begins to turn his life around, even starting up a business.
In a dream, 'Sam' believes that 'God' has directed him to build a church for their community.
Whilst watching a news program, he is drawn to the plight of the people in 'Sudan' and 'Northern Uganda' where the people were being slaughtered by a revolutionary,rouge army leaving thousands of young children orphaned.
What follows is the remarkable story of 'Sam Childers' crusade to protect as many of the children as possible and build them a safe enviroment to live in.
The sights he saw after an attack leads him to take up arms against the evils of the terrorist organisation.
How will he balance his values between his 'loving' home life and what he see's as his purpose in life.
What can i say....it really is a good and inspirational movie.
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