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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
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AC7PJMA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,458 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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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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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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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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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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I'll come clean. My husband now knows that his wife is unashamedly in love with Gerard Butler. Some might call me misguided but I like him - a lot.

I bought this before it was available in Australia and I wanted to see why Gerard Butler had cut his fee for this movie as well as co-produced it. Say what you want, but if Gerard Butler likes a project he seems to be 110% behind it. He researched the role, spent time with the real Sam Childers and really believed in the story. I'm not sure why people constantly think Butler should be doing roles like "300" all the time but he makes movies he believes in and with this one, I believed in it too.

It may seem far-fetched that a guy turns his life around from being a jailed druggie to finding God and then going to Africa to help people. Yes, it does seem the stuff Hollywood stories are made of but this is real.

Childers is portrayed by a man a lot more handsome than he is in real life but the passion is undeniable. We see people going abroad as missionaries be they Christian or even Mormon to spread the word about Jesus and we don't think anything of it. However, if that person turns out to be a reformed drug addict and one-time jailbird, we seem to manage to pour scorn on this and this may be the reason the movie didn't do as well as it could have. Maybe Butler didn't fully explore the character or perhaps the movie could have been longer to allow more character development, who knows?

The final scenes are where we are seeing not just Sam Childers, but I also believe we are seeing the real Gerard Butler. The joy on those childrens' faces when they understand that they are safe is wonderful and it shows Butler really enjoying himself playing football with them.
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The title of this film is plain bad and completely diminishes the film's true value. I would have called it something like Salvation's Wolf. Machine Gun Preacher sounds like a pulp fiction slapstick / tongue and cheek film ala Samuel L Jackson's 'Great vengeance and furious anger' speech. This is far from the gritty and painful film Machine Gun Preacher actually is. Imagne Blood Diamond meets The Mission (De Niro). It's a true story about Sam Childers, who is still putting his life on the line to protect children in Sudan, Africa.

I was absolutely drawn in and, at times, completely blown away. The film brings a powerful and sobering message that has never been more apt than now. While we Westerners moan about our mid credit crisis woes (me included), thousands of kids and families are being ruthlessly slaughtered, maimed and abused across Africa (and other parts of the world). We know it's happening, but so often turn a blind eye. Films like this are so important in moving us to take notice and action. The context of a film like this puts our lives in crystal clear perspective. We are very very lucky.

I support the actions of Sam Childers actions 100%. There is no amount of justice that can be levelled against these inhuman filth who cause so much pain and distress, that is enough to pay or what they've done. I wish here in the West, with so much moral decline eveywhere we turn, that we had the courage to deal such swift and finalistic punishment. We are too concerned with the human rights of those who wilfully, joyfully, repeatedly and violently destroy the lives of others. If people's actions are inhuman, they forgo their human rights in my book.
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