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The Apostle

September 1, 2015

TAabout a southern pastor who preaches with the best of them, but isn’t that much in control of his personal life. He makes a big mistake and kills a man, and leaves town to escape his past. He does the only thing he knows how, and builds a church in an attempt at atoning for his sin.

Sonny is shown to have been preaching since he was about eight years old; there are disturbing elements to the way he mimics the old preacher of his childhood. I believe that human beings of all ages have something to contribute to the kingdom of God. But there is a difference between listening to children and abusing them

Southern evangelist in his powerful film, The Apostle. I recall a conversation with one viewer who, unable to cope with the paradox of a religious per­son being portrayed both sympathetically and humanly, ques­tioned the film’s value with an unfortunate dichotomy: “Bottom line: Does it make Christians look good or bad?” Such standards speak volumes concerning our cultural confusion over the respon­sibilities and requirements of storytelling. In an interview with Duvall, David Letterman asked, with a puzzled look, whether the lead character of The Apostle was a genuine follower of Christ or just a shifty, opportunistic persuader. Asked for his own opinion, Letterman reluctantly guessed the latter. Duvall corrected him: “Both.” EVERYDAY APOCALYPSE: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, The Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture Icons – D. Dark

Sonny: I’m a genuine, Holy Ghost, Jesus-filled preachin’ machine this mornin’!

Sonny: I may be on the devil’s hit-list, but I’m on God’s mailing list.

Sonny: I’d rather die today and go to heaven than live to be a hundred and go to hell.

Elmo: It’s a pay before you pray deal.

Elmo: And no speaking in tongues on the air.

Sonny: [talking to Joe about his dying mother] Tell her i built the prettiest little church this side of heavan, out in the wildwood. Tell her that.

Troublemaker: You want the Lord to watch me kick your ass?

Brother Blackwell: [laughing] Now, Apostle, I know what you’re thinking, but… All-All I can say is that whenever you’ve been on the radio, most all the white people think you’re black. Now, most all the colored people know you ain’t black; but they sho do like you’re style of preachin’. So, what you see is what we got.

Sonny: Yeah. Yeah, well we got what the Lord sent… what the Lord sent.

Brother Blackwell: That’s right.
Sonny: You’re going to Heaven. I’m going to jail and you’re going to Heaven.

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