Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1997. Butcher’s Run Films. Screenplay by Robert Duvall. Cinematography by Barry Markowitz. Produced by Rob Carliner. Music by David Mansfield. Production Design by Linda Burton. Costume Design by Doug Hall. Film Editing by Stephen Mack.
Powerful film about religious fanaticism that focuses on Robert Duvall (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 (Farrah Fawcett) new husband, Duvall finds himself on the run, seeking refuge in a small faraway church where he takes over as preacher. Romancing a gorgeous Miranda Richardson 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