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Faith Like Potatoes (2006)

Frank Rautenbach , Jeanne Wilhelm , Reghardt van den Bergh  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frank Rautenbach, Jeanne Wilhelm, Hamilton Dlamini, Sean Cameron Michael, Candice D'Arcy
  • Directors: Reghardt van den Bergh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QB5SS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Faith Like Potatoes" on IMDb

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God's Farmer: The Angus Buchan Story
Faith Like Potatoes
Directing Faith Like Potatoes
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Kings Park

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A farmer moves his family to South Africa and suffers a series of seemingly insurmountable losses. Through unlikely friendships and much needed divine intervention, he discovers his life's true purpose and it sustains his unwavering belief in the power of faith. A moving life journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows his faith, unseen until the harvest.

The growing genre of Christian cinema adds to its flock Faith Like Potatoes, based on the book of the same name about a real-life South African farmer named Angus Buchan. Buchan accepted Jesus at a moment of crisis and began experiencing miracles, ranging from sudden rain putting out a wildfire to reviving a woman struck by lightning. The movie follows Buchan (played by Frank Rautenbach, star of a South African soap opera) from his failed farm in Zambia to his rise as a lay evangelist, delivering a sermon in a massive South African stadium. He begins as a sullen, short-tempered man, quick to lash out at his wife (the lovely Jeanne Wilhelm) and the native Zulu workers on his struggling farm. But as his life takes on the purpose of spreading the Word, Buchan finds personal peace (though he also faces personal tragedies). Faith Like Potatoes is squarely aimed at Christian viewers; its straightforward take on Christianity is unlikely to persuade skeptics. Despite the intriguing and (for an American audience) exotic locale, the problems Buchan faces (overwork, an emotionally remote marriage) feel bland and generic. Though Buchan clearly disapproves of a snide British farmer's colonialist contempt for the Zulus, the movie's own attitude towards them is paternalistic at best. Still, despite baldly expository dialogue, Faith Like Potatoes does have a steady forward momentum to its story, and there's little question that the right audience will find its message comforting and compelling. --Bret Fetzer

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95 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie February 21, 2009
For those of us who long to see lives of faith portrayed with the grittiness and courage that this life entails and demands, here is the movie we've been waiting for. I found the story immensely moving - all the more so for it being true - and the acting, especially that of Frank Rautenbach, particularly good. Worth the money for sure.
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 27, 2009
I loved this story! I'm from South Africa and it was very true to form. I loved the miracles that God did throughout the movie - and knowing it's based on a true story makes it even more awesome.
I will say they use a little Afrikaans every now and then, which may make it hard for the non-Afrikaans speaking people to pick up everything they're saying, but my husband watched it and said it didn't detract at all.
I would highly recommed this movie for anyone wanting to watch God's power in doubtful circumstances.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly inspiring true story! August 17, 2011
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I knew nothing about Angus Buchan or even the fact that this was a "Christian film." I found it on the shelf of the public library which has never carried any Christian films that I'm aware of. My experience of religions films has not been great---I try to stay away from them because they are usually so poorly made. My taste is films tends towards the foreign art house genre.

So....when I put the DVD in the player and saw that this was from a Christian production company I nearly ejected it. I'm so glad that I didn't! Wow, this is one of the most heartfelt and inspiring films I've seen in a very long time. The fact that the story is real helps a lot because no one could believe this if it had been made up. Angus Buchan is a wonder-ful man in every sense of the term. His story is definitely worth telling, especially in this world where there is so much grief and where true faith is usually ridiculed.

It seems that the whole endeavor was blessed, because, for one thing the casting was inspired. It's hard to imagine any better actor for the role of Angus than Frank Lautenbach. He is as handsome as any screen actor I've ever seen and twice as hunky as most. More than that, the fellow seemed to really believe what he was doing; this wasn't just another acting role. In his final "performance' dressed in kilts at a huge rally, his words were truly inspired and inspiring. His eyes twinkled with something like true joy--that's hard for an actor to fabricate.

Jeanne Wilhelm, as Jill, Angus' wife is very quiet and soft-spoken, as the real Jill seems to be. My only criticism is that she was almost too beautiful to play a rough farmer's wife.

I agree with other reviewers who praise the accompanying documentary which shows us the real Angus.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Faith in God May 7, 2009
Just watched this last night. Very inspiring. Angus Buchan did not have an easy life, but he learned to meet his challenges with faith in God, and that made all the difference -- he experienced some pretty powerful miracles. A farmer in Zululand in South Africa, he sowed potatoes in a drought season, which was a pretty insane thing to do. But believing he was led by God, he did it anyway -- and received a remarkable harvest of big potatoes. He's still doing some amazing things today, reaching his region in Africa with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Movie March 29, 2010
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This was a powerful movie. It encourages one to know the awesome power of God. How faith can and will move mountains. The acting in this is great.It was wonderful how one mans life and family was so radically changed by the power of Jesus Christ. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see first hand how God can and will move in someones life. May each of us have faith as this one man and his family experienced and continue to do so. It helps to put the words on the bottem of the screen so you can better understand the words in parts of the movie. You will be blessed in watching this. It will inspire your faith to arise.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faith Like Potatoes March 14, 2010
Director Reghardt van den Bergh, traces the story of the rugged South African farmer as he endures remarkable adversity on his quest to discover the true power of faith. Set in the tempestuous hills of the KZN midlands, Faith Like Potatoes follows Buchan from his early attempts to achieve material success, through the personal transformation that follows a series of seemingly insurmountable losses, and a close friendship forged with his faithful Zulu farmhand. Like the potatoes planet in his field, Buchan's faith remains hidden until the harvest, when he learns how the power of faith can help him to begin the personal healing process, and become more accepting of others. Although this movie is not brilliant, it is certainly not bad. Some of the cinematography and scenic shots were truly beautiful and the story and acting are heartfelt. This is a Christian movie, based on a true story and not something out of someone's imagination. Enjoy.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware! Please read before watching. May 16, 2009
If you are a mother or sensitive person, please beware of the very tragic and graffic accident that involves a beautiful young boy.It is left me sick to my stomach. Though a true and moving movie, the power of the story seems lost to me in the graffic memory of this loss of life. Again, it is a great movie with real life miracles that will build your faith, but beware!
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