The Apostle


(out of 5)

Powerful film about religious fanaticism that focuses on  (who also wrote and directed) as a rousing Southern Baptist preacher who avoids bettering his own life by placing his efforts on saving the souls of those around him. After seriously attacking his ex-wife’s () new husband, Duvall finds himself on the run, seeking refuge in a small faraway church where he takes over as preacher. Romancing a gorgeous  and befriending his new parish, he is finally forced in the end to look within himself for salvation from his own religious conceits. The film has a refreshingly positive view of churchgoing Christians, showing the congregations as devoted and faithful people instead of the usual misguided fanatics, and Duvall’s story provides a whallop of a story to back them up. Very moving.

USA, 1997

Directed by

Screenplay by Robert Duvall

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1997

Independent Spirit Awards 1997.

Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 1997.

National Board of Review Awards 1997.  

New York Film Critics Awards 1997.  

Toronto International Film Festival 1997

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