The Apostle

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Focus Features Released 1997

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Director:
Robert Duvall
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13
He was touched by the power and filled with the spirit. A man of faith. A man of the flesh. A man plagued by the darker side of human desire, and rage. In his 1998 Academy Award-nominated performance, Robert Duvall is Sonny, a gifted Southern preacher loved by his community. When Sonny loses control and commits a crime of passion, he is forced to run from the law. Hiding out in the small town of Bayou Boutte, Sonny adopts a new identity and sets out on a new mission - to find the road to redemption. With powerful performances by Billy Bob Thornton, Farrah Fawcett and Miranda Richardson, The Apostle is "nothing short of astonishing!" - Jeffery Lyons, WNBC-TV

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  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Duvall's unobtrusive direction moves the film at a leisurely pace that lets many scenes build the gentle, pleasing rhythms of small-town Southern life. A rare display of spiritual ...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Robert Duvall's performance as a Holy Roller who shakes off his secular life to become a man simply known as “the Apostle” is a masterpiece of emotion.

  • 70

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Beautifully detailed and deftly structured, every scene in The Apostle logically leads to the next one, each elaborating on the central theme of religious redemption.

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