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The Apostle [DVD] [1997]


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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton, June Carter Cash, Miranda Richardson
  • Directors: Robert Duvall
  • Writers: Robert Duvall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRPX36
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Texan Pentecostal preacher Euliss 'Sonny' Dewey (Oscar nominated writer-director Robert Duvall) is outraged when he is voted out of the church he helped to found, and turns to violence when he discovers that his wife Jessie (Farrah Fawcett) is having an affair with a younger preacher. After attacking the man with a baseball bat, Sonny goes on the run, re-baptising himself 'the Apostle E.F.' and setting out to preach the good book in Louisiana in an attempt to find salvation and redeem himself. Sonny starts up a new congregation, working as a short order cook to make ends meet and preaching over the radio. However, after Jessie hears one of his broadcasts the net begins to close in around him.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Griffiths on 13 Jan 2010
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Written, directed and acted by Bob Duval this is a labour of love. Sonny is a preacher on a mission from God. He is also a drunk, womaniser and inclined to fight his way out of a corner. If you think that people who have a fundamentalist faith who might behave in such a way are hypocrites then this film will wind you up. If you perceive faith to be a mystery and that anyone who tries live according to their beliefs gets shown up for the contradictions in their lives then you will love this film. Probably my favourite religious film because its the deepest. I would even put it ahead of lives of Christ type movies. This is special. Its also difficult to get hold of so if you find one on Amazon snap it up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2011
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Sonny Dewey (Robert Duvall) is the charismatic preacher of a fundamentalist Texas church, until his short temper gets him in serious trouble. He runs off to Louisiana, becomes part of a small community, and starts a new church where he brings hope and salvation to his loyal followers.

Robert Duvall is a powerhouse; he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in this movie - and it's wonderful. He is so convincing as the southern evangelist that it really surprised me to hear him speak in his normal voice in the Extras. Sonny is completely devoted to saving people and spreading the Word, but we suspect he may have a violent and unsavory past, and that dichotomy keeps our eyes glued to Duvall at all times. As Sonny, he's driven, tireless, and simply inspired.

While Duvall gets excellent performances out of many local, non-actors in small parts, there were several casting choices that didn't seem right to me: Farrah Fawcett plays Sonny's wife and she's so recognizable as a former "Angel" and glamour girl that it was hard to buy her as a quiet, plain-Jane. June Carter Cash plays Sonny's mother although she is only two years older than Duvall - and looks it and that was distracting. And Billy Bob Thornton has a very small role as a troublemaker that was never developed; I kept expecting him to show up again and do something important and worthy of his stature.

The term "tour de force" can certainly be applied to Duvall's performance; he is riveting, charismatic, and utterly believable. Interestingly, the story makes him neither a hero nor a villain; it is left up to the viewer to decide who exactly "the Apostle" is. Highly recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Reeve VINE VOICE on 21 May 2006
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As fine an acting performance as you will see anywhere.

Despite many rewrites, they did not get the screenplay quite right, as there is no subplot and an inadequate backstory. But what remains is a thoroughly compelling portrayal of a morally ambiguous character, a fundamentalist preacher of extreme views and actions.

Watching the film, you tend to think, OK, I get the point about the preaching, I see how charismatic he is, now let's move on. Instead, there is more preaching. Duvall seems so wrapped up in the performance that he is reluctant to let any plot developments interrupt the flow. This makes it less of a film than it could have been but, I say again, the performance is monumental and has to be seen.
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I was looking forward to watching this film for years as it's been hard to come by, which is why I had to source it from abroad at some expense. It arrived quite promptly & well-packaged. Robert Duvall was excellent in it but I can't exactly say we enjoyed the film, rather that it's thought-provoking.
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Robert Duvall has long been a favourite of mine; I think the "smell of napalm in the morning" - was what did it. Duval ran away with that movie in a small cameo as a US Air Cavalry officer - He dominates the Apostle from start to finish with a fine performance; absolutely capturing the mood and sensitivity of a troubled southern bible belt preacher - with a heart for the Lord (who always calls him Sonny) Duval is a rare talent; who never overdoes what could so easily be overdone - and almost method acts his mind set into the character. Duval always enjoys his own performance, You can tell by the relaxed way he approaches even the most challenging of scenes. If you admire great talent realising full potential, and want to invest in a movie you will remember, you can`t do better than buy The Apostle. Furthermore, you dont have to be religious to enjoy it. In fact the more religious you are the less you will probably like it. Mr Duval drives the whole shebang with purpose, understanding and controlled passion, both on set of behind the machinery; and he gets a lot of help and fine performance rating from his assembled cast of co-stars. Watch this movie; I will again and again. and thats why It gets 5 stars - no question - from me. can do no better than invest in this little gem. The Apostle is first class - beautifully filmed and photographed and directed with a knowing hand --- Just buy it, enjoy it and remember to thank me later.
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Robert Duvall gives an extraordinary performance as an evangelical preacher in the southern states of America who catches his wife cheating, takes revenge and then goes on the run with nothing but the clothes on his back, going where the Lord leads him. Duvall was oscar nominated and how he did not win i do not know because without doubt this is one of the greatest characterizations in the history of motion pictures. Add to that the fact that he wrote,directed and produced it over several years and you will realise what a tour de force this is. I was trying to write a script of my own when this film first came out and i was so impressed with the conciseness of the writing and the beauty and purity of the story that i wrote to Duvall and asked him for advice. Someone, i dont know if it was him, wrote back, not with advice but with a signed photo. The man is a class act and this film is an absolute classic.
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