The Apostle (1997)

ROBERT DUVALL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB

USA, 1997.  .  Screenplay by Robert Duvall.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Actor (Robert Duvall)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Actor (Robert Duvall)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1997

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