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The Gospel (Special Edition) (2005)

Boris Kodjoe , Nona Gaye , Rob Hardy  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Boris Kodjoe, Nona Gaye, Idris Elba, Clifton Powell, Aloma Wright
  • Directors: Rob Hardy
  • Writers: Rob Hardy
  • Producers: Bernard Bronner, Dianne Ashford, Fred Hammond, Holly Davis Carter, William Packer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: 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: January 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CBP02A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gospel (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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A young singer turns his back on God and his father's church when tragedy strikes. He returns years later to find the once-powerful congregation in disarray. With his childhood nemesis creating a "new vision" for the church, he is forced to deal with family, career and relationship issues that send him on a collision course with redemption or destruction. Set in the world of the African-American church and gospel music from director Rob Hardy (Trois, Trois 2: Pandora's Box), THE GOSPEL features an all-star cast including Boris Kodjoe (Love and Basketball), Omar Gooding (Baby Boy), Nona Gaye (The Matrix Reloaded), Clifton Powell (Ray), Tamyra Gray (TV's "American Idol" star) and Keshia Knight Pulliam (TV's "The Cosby Show") and the hottest names in gospel with GRAMMY Award(r) winners Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and Hezekiah Walker among many more!

The Gospel is by no means a great movie, but it has enough heart, simple decency, and fine music to make it appropriate viewing for families of all kinds. Director-screenwriter Rob Hardy's story revolves around David Taylor (played in his adult years by Boris Kodjoe), a devout youngster who, disillusioned by the death of his mother and mistrust of his pastor father (Clifton Powell), leaves the fold and goes on to become a hip-hop star. But when Bishop Taylor falls ill and David returns home to find his church in dire financial straits and about to be taken over by the Reverend Charles Frank (Idris Elba), once David's best friend but now a self-promoting, money-obsessed hypocrite, well, let's just say that one needn't be an oracle to predict how things will turn out. So the dialogue is hackneyed and the story short on nuance (the title of David's big hit, "Let Me Undress You," is typical of the general lack of subtlety). What this modest film has going for it is a refreshing dearth of cynicism and pretension, not to mention a total absence of profanity, violence, and graphic sex. And in shedding light on an African-American church's place in its community, a role that is not just spiritual by financial, social, and more, The Gospel also gives us some wonderfully infectious contemporary gospel music, performed by singers like Yolanda Adams and American Idol finalist Tamyra Gray. In fact, the music might even inspire some viewers to check out the music of some of the genre's real-life giants, like the great Rev. James Cleveland. And that is high praise indeed. --Sam Graham

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting film about the church January 17, 2006
The Gospel, one of the most exciting movies ever released about the black church, is now available on DVD. Boris Kodjoe (Soulfood), stars as David Taylor. David, the son of a popular minister, leaves the church after the untimely death of his mother and goes on to be a successful R&B singer. After his father, portrayed by popular character actor Clifton Powell, becomes ill, David returns to the fold of the family church which is in financial crisis. Not everyone is glad to see David return. Some members of the church, particularly his former childhood friend, Reverend Charles Frank, don't know if it's such a good idea to have a well known secular singer in the fold. David finds himself comfortable back in the church and implements his ideas into rejuvenating the congregation. In addition to his new role with the church David also finds love with a church member named Rain (Tamyra Gray). David's manager Wesley, (Omar Gooding), spends his time trying to get his artist back into the lifestyle they have become accustomed to and back on the road.

The Gospel is an excellent film and includes cameos from some of the biggest names in gospel music including Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin, and Yolanda Adams. Despite the big names that have small roles in the film, it's the newcomers such as former American Idol contestant Tamarya Gray and Idris Elba who offer surprisingly good performances. Boris Kodjoe also shows and proves that he is much more than just a pretty face with his performance in The Gospel.

There were just a few little things about the movie that irked me. Oscar, Tamarya Grays other love interest was always shown in his uniform for the most part. As a military spouse, I think it's a bit odd that they showed Oscar in his uniform so much even when he wasn't working.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clap Your Hands January 7, 2006
A story of redemption, pride, jealousy, and reconciliation. STRONG cast with a stirring gospel soundtrack. Although others have criticized the camera work and editing, those aspects of the movie neither bothered me nor detracted from my enjoyment of this uplifting film. I found that the acting, music, and story were engaging and enjoyable. The singing performances of the choral groups and such gospel stars as Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammonds, Mom Winans, and Martha Munizzi combined nicely with, and elegantly complemented, the fine dramatic work of Idris Elba, Omar Gooding, Nona Gaye, and Clifton Powell. AMERICAN IDOL finalist Tamyra Gray shined in her acting and singing roles and showed that she has a bright future. Not an award winning film, but very entertaining. 4 solid stars.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Lifting November 20, 2005
By S. Otey
Although the movie itself isn't the greatest, the music more than makes up for it. You will stay for the credits just to continue to hear the music. Not all will like this type of music but for those that are used to it and for others that are hearing it for the first time with an open heart and mind, it is heart lifting, toe tapping and a definite swaying in your seat. I heartily reccomend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So how often do we get a decent Christain film? July 29, 2007
I'm not sure where the 1-3 star crowd is coming from on this one. Nit-picking this film is missing the point. In an age where Hollywood is cranking out banal trash by the truckload and torture-porn flicks are released on Christmas, this was a refreshing and uplifting change of pace. Yes, it wasn't big-budget. Yes, it wasn't A-list actors. Yes, it was a prodigal son story....SO WHAT??!! At least it was a story, about real (flawed) people struggling through life making choices (not alwasy good ones)and trying to walk their faith. No one is a villan and no one is a was as much a slice of contemporary life as you will ever get in a movie. And yes, it was a good film deviod of vapid garbage and filthy language....the whole family can watch it and learn something from it about being human and doing what is right instead of what is easy or glamorous. So set aside your big budget expectations and ENJOY!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Son retold with Great Gospel Music January 29, 2006
The Gospel tells a simple story that doesn't twist and turn, but rather falls naturally from the believable characters created in Rob Hardy's screenplay and under his direction. Hardy has wisely filled his movie with absolutely glorious Gospel music created by electrifying choirs and real Gospel greats like Fred Hammond and Yolanda Adams. The movie is never more than one scene away from one with glorious music and as soon as I finish this review I'm going to order the soundtrack.

The story is not difficult to follow. Clifton Powell as Bishop Fred Taylor has built a thriving church in Atlanta, and he is a devoted Pastor. So devoted that his son leaves home as a young man when the Bishop's wife passes away while the Bishop is conducting church services. In the opening scene we see the son, David, telling the Bishop "I hate you. You always have time for the church, but you never have time for us", on his way out of the hospital.

15 years later we see that David Taylor has become a hip-hop singer right on the cusp of megastardom. He's played by Boris Kodjoe as a handsome, brooding man. He has a manager, played by Omar Gooding (with more than a slight resemblance to older brother Cuba) named Wesley who keeps "D.T." supplied with gigs and women. David gets a phone call from his father's secretary, Ernestine (played by Aloma Wright), who tells him that the Bishop has become ill and could David come home.

Against Wesley's wishes, David interrupts his tour as it's gaining momentum to return to the church, where he finds his teenaged friend Charles Frank has become a Reverend as well - associate pastor to the Bishop, married to his cousin Charlene, and the heir apparent to the church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice wholesome movie
Published 2 hours ago by Julia P. Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the message of redemption but kind off gives a ...
I liked the message of redemption but kind off gives a different message of how a congregation should be run. It puts a big question mark. Read more
Published 14 days ago by treasures
2.0 out of 5 stars Kodjoe
It was not what seem. I had expected more. The movie did arrive and clear and like new.
Published 22 days ago by UNIQUE ONE
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies. I can watch this over and over
One of my favorite movies. I can watch this over and over. Arrived as scheduled. I'm very happy with my purchase.
Published 24 days ago by deon shedrick
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Great movie! I just love the music in this
Published 1 month ago by doris tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie. Glad I purchased it
Great Movie. Glad I purchased it.
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie
Published 1 month ago by gdean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie. Love the music. Love the story. Purchased additional copies to give to friends.
Published 2 months ago by Paul R. Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie!
Good movie for entire family! The music is also great in-fact I even bought the music from Amazon! I saw this on TV but had to get the DVD so my kids could also enjoy it!
Published 5 months ago by S. Lieberman
5.0 out of 5 stars the gospel
I love this movie and it showed perfectly with no skipping or pausing. no scaches was on it and I have been wanting this movie for sometime now.
Published 7 months ago by james burley
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