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"End of the Spear" is the remarkable journey of a savage Amazon tribesman who becomes family to the son of a North American man he kills. Mincayani (Louie Leonardo) is a Waodani warrior who leads the raid that kills Steve Saint's father and four other missionaries. Through a suspenseful series of events Steve Saint (Chase Ellison) is able to visit Mincayani's tribe. Steve tries to learn which warriors killed his father, but has to leave with his question unanswered. Steve returns to the Waodani as an adult (Chad Allen). Together Mincayani and Steve confront the true meaning of the life and death of Steve's father, and the other men who were killed.

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  • Features both widescreen and full screen versions

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  • Actors: Louie Leonardo, Chad Allen, Jack Guzman, Christina Souza, Chase Ellison
  • Directors: Jim Hanon
  • Writers: Jim Hanon, Bart Gavigan, Bill Ewing
  • Producers: Bart Gavigan, Bill Ewing, Brent Ryan Green, Eugene Mazzola
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EXDS4I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "End of the Spear" on IMDb

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205 of 215 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Hollywood makes movies all the time that involve the murdering of innocents. However, these movies rarely illustrate any positive consequences that result after the murders, let alone any spiritual sentiments or moral understanding that occur within the murders themselves. END OF THE SPEAR is a film that not only does both these things, but also tells how the deaths of those killed helped bring about the salvation of an entire race of people from the verge of a self-inflected extinction.

END OF THE SPEAR is largely a movie about the Waodani people. The Waodani are a people that live in the jungles of Ecuador. Despite the pressures of the outside world that continued to squeeze the environment and resources of the Waodani, they continued to live a self-sufficient and self-contained life in the jungle. That is, except for one crucial element: the Waodani were killing themselves to death. For whatever reasons, the Waodani had split into different tribes. The lack of resources and women caused the tribes to perform raids upon each other. If a child lived after one of these raids, he would grow up to seek revenge upon those who had killed his family. Thus, back and forth the violence continued for several generations until only a handful of Waodani were left and they were on the verge of a self-inflicted genocide.

They were saved by a group of missionaries. Five young men slowly made contact with the tribe. Eventually, they attempted to have a face-to-face interaction with members from the tribe. The attempt ended in the murder of the five men (Jim Elliot and Nate Saint included). Undeterred the wives and families of the murdered men contacted the tribe and came to live with them.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Michael Oh on May 3, 2006
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Some of the magic of Hollywood is its ability to take a story and make it "bigger than life". Visually, graphically, technologically Hollywood is able to do amazing larger than life productions. What struck me about this movie is that instead of this movie being larger than life, the actual lives lived by the men and women portrayed in the film were so much larger than the movie. That is not a criticism of the movie, instead it is a wonderful window into the weighty real lives that they lived. Often we watch movies in order to escape reality and enter into another world. This movie inspires us to enter into not an imagined world but into reality - the kind of reality that we all long for - a life that is weighty, sincere, meaningful - a life worth living.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Colorgirl TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2006
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END OF THE SPEAR is about what sounds like a relatively mundane story. Five US citizens set out to Ecuador to try to befriend what at that time was considered to be the most violent tribe on the planet at the time. It appeared that the US citizen were making progress when suddenly the tribe went ballistic on them and murdered them in cold blood.

It was in 1956 and the news blared across the world. Most older people will remember that story well. There was a large photo spread and coverage in LIFE MAGAZINE and it was quite the talk of the world for a while.

After these men were murdered, some of the wives of the murdered men went to live (touting their young children) with the tribe as a sort of an oxymoron- to get something out of their husband's lives being given up- so that they would not have died in vain.

Eventually, the tribe had a huge transformation and they are completely different people today.

Sounds kind of boring - at least it did to me- why would I want to see such a story? I mean these men knew what they were getting in to (4 or 5 other men were murdered in the previous decade so they knew what they were up against), I was puzzled as to the big shock of the murders..........

END OF THE SPEAR is the story told from the more compassionate and youthful perspective of Steve Saint, son of Nate Saint, one of the murdered US citizens. Instead of the dry statistical account of the situation, suddenly I found myself experiencing the entire event as if Nate Saint was my father and I was his son.

This story is told from the perspective of the Waodani tribe who open themselves up with a childlikeness that's both beautiful and disarming.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By G. T. Howell on March 25, 2007
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"End of the Spear" is the story of five American missionaries who were speared to death while trying to contact the fierce Waodani tribe (also called the Aucas) in 1956 Ecuador. The film relates how, even after this tragic loss, their wives remained committed to reaching the Waodani people. Years later, the son of one of the martyred men returns to the tribe and struggles to forgive the men who killed his father.

For many years this event, as related in Elisabeth Elliot's book "Through Gates of Splendor", has inspired generations of Christians to lives of missionary zeal and selfless service. The film beautifully captures the poignant drama of this moving story. The cinematography and music are superb, and the performances are excellent. The native actors do a splendid job, and the film is a fascinating study of the (then) lawless and violent Waodani culture. The script hits the right emotional notes without being syrupy, and the story is skillfully told.

What keeps this movie from being a five-star film isn't what's IN the film, but what MISSING - a clear presentation of the Gospel that the missionaries were willing to die to proclaim. This retelling alludes to the Gospel in a murky way, but one could easily get the impression that the missionaries merely wanted to end the Waodani's murderous ways and make them "better people". A few might even think that they were interfering, Western do-gooders who got what they deserved when they tried to interfere with Waodani culture.
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