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Flywheel (Director's Cut)

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Jay Austin wants to sell you a used car, but watch out! Many victims have fallen prey to his smiling face and hasty promises. Austin does everything his way until his dishonesty and manipulation are repeatedly exposed. Like many men, he becomes disgusted by the masks he wears and lies he tells. While having a classic convertible repaired, Austin begins a humorous and inspiring journey to win back the hearts of his wife, his son, and his community. In every man's life, there can be a turning point. When Jay Austin makes his turn, he never looks back.

Flywheel is the first film from the creators of Facing the Giants and Fireproof. Used car salesman Jay Austin (writer/director Alex Kendrick) swindles his customers and teaches his assistant salesmen to do the same--but despite the profits, something gnaws at him. When he realizes that his own son doesn't respect him, Austin has a conversion and accepts God into his life. This would be the end of most spiritual stories, but Flywheel finds a warm comedy in the obstacles on the path of righteousness; Austin discovers that being right with God means grappling every day with what it means to be honest. Though the filmmaking is raw (the editing is often clumsy and the cinematography is flat), the story is well-paced, has a gently ironic sense of humor, and Kendrick's central performance is compelling. Kendrick is just as persuasive as a man struggling to emerge from a joyless life as he is when he's rediscovered his faith but finds it constantly tested. Though Flywheel is forthright about its Christian inspiration, the story is about actually living a moral life, not about abstract spiritual truths. The result is a movie that looks towards heaven, but has its feet on the earth. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

Flywheel Introduction By Alex Kendrick
The Making of Flywheel
Fireproof Teaser
Director's Commentary
Deleted Scenes
A Special Message
Apologies Reel
Butch Bowers TV Spot
Jay Austin TV Spot

Product Details

  • Actors: Rosetta Harris Armstrong, Lisa Arnold, Blake Bailey, Jansen Barnes, Roger Breland
  • Directors: Alex Kendrick
  • Writers: Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
  • Producers: Lisa Arnold, Alex Kendrick, Barry Carr, Daniel Van Cleave, John Hemken
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, 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: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sherwood Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (744 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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272 of 280 people found the following review helpful By David A. Rivera on February 13, 2009
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After seeing "Facing the Giants," then going to the theater to see "Fireproof," and subsequently also buying that DVD; I had to also see the initial effort by the Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.

The intent of this movie was to be a ministry outreach to their community, and the goal was to show it in a local theater for one night. It ended up being shown for weeks, being shown elsewhere, and then released on DVD. Its success led to the production of the two later projects.

If you are going to judge it alongside Hollywood productions- yes, the quality is not on the same level; yes, the writing is not on the same level; yes, the acting is not on the same level; and yes, the production values are not on the same level. But, it's still not bad- especially for a first-time effort by a group of amateurs. And believe me, I've seen plenty of larger-budget movies by Hollywood professionals that were much worse.

You have to realize, that although the intent of this movie is to entertain; the heart of it is to minister. At the time when Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" was released and became a blockbuster, and more religious-themed movies began being to be produced, it was said that the movie theater was becoming the new church. Let's face it, the past efforts of Christian movies, produced by Christians, have left a lot to be desired. But with "Flywheel" the bar was raised.

As a Christian, knowing that this is a message movie, I watched it with "spiritual" eyes, so I was able to overlook its inadequacies. There is such an anointing on this movie, and it is very apparent that the Sherwood Baptist Church is yearning to bring glory to God, and to lift up Christ.
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174 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Ed Howell on November 7, 2007
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For those who enjoyed "Facing the Giants," this is an earlier production made by the same Georgia church on a shoestring budget -- but still well done. This is the moving (and sometimes funny) story of a cheating, morally bankrupt car dealer who is behind on his bills. A spiritual experience leads him to re-evaluate his dealings in surprisingly different ways. Like "Giants," this film is better than you would expect considering the budget and is proof you don't need millions to entertain or move people. Film was run at Georgia area movie theater and shocked the church with the attendance, which prompted longer and wider play in the theater's chain. Obviously, success of "Giants" appears to be prompting a national release of this film by Sony, but that's a good move. I was looking for an older DVD, but I'll wait for the new release.
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128 of 130 people found the following review helpful By RDtoo VINE VOICE on May 8, 2005
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I found this on the shelf at Blockbuster and was surprised to find that it was an independently produced Christian film. This is a film about a less than ethical used car dealer who decides one day to start living his life with integrity and treating his customers fairly. The actors are amateurs but do a great job. There are some hilarious scenes in this film, some of them we find out on the commentary happened spontaneously and were unplanned by the film crew. The film looks good for a low budget though some scenes have the feel and look of a 1970s tv show. Don't let that keep you away. This is a great film for Christians and has a clearer message than the best selling book "Purpose Driven Life". I think a secular audience could enjoy this film as well as it dosen't "preach" at you per se, but tells the story of one man and his decisions. This is probably one of the best Christian films I have ever seen. A top notch effort by all involved. I look forward to their next film.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 20, 2007
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Flywheel is one of the earlier movies from the folks who did Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. Although it obviously has a little less of the "big picture polish" that the later movies have (something that Alex Kendrick admits at the start of the movie), the Christ-centered message is just as strong. Many of the same actors star in this movie as well - including the actress who plays the wife in "Giants" in a short background cameo at the end of the movie. Not being a salesman, I can only imagine the pressures that are placed on these people to wring every last cent out of a customer - a hard field for a Christian to shine in. I especially enjoyed the end of the movie - although I don't want to give it away. Great movie!
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hulett VINE VOICE on September 19, 2005
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Alex Kendrick had a vision. Well, maybe not in the mystical sense, so let's just say he had a story to tell. The story is about a used car dealer who fits the cliches about that line of work just perfectly. Then one day his conscience starts to nudge him toward a more honest life. He turns his business over to God, and says that since it belongs to Him, He's now responsible for how his new honest approach turns out.

Radical move. And of course it works out for him. It's a sweet story with some hilarious moments, and it becomes that rare low-budget movie that works in spite of its limitations. The "acting" in this film is strictly dinner theater stuff, not much professionalism to it, and the look of the production has nothing on any cheapo cable movie of the week. But the story and its execution are spot on target, and that easily makes up for its shortcomings. In fact, by the end of the film you'll be charmed by its shortcomings. Kind of a "Breaking Away" for 21st century Christianity.

Kendrick wrote, directed, and starred in the film, and also had a hand in the musical score. I believe he had some help from above as well. "Flywheel" has become a breakout hit in the hidden world of Christian cinema, and for good reason. Very nice.
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