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Machine Gun Preacher [Blu-ray] (2011)

Gerard Butler , Michelle Monaghan , Marc Forster  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan
  • Directors: Marc Forster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Relativity Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FITIF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,093 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Machine Gun Preacher [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance in this explosive, action-packed story of an inspiring real-life hero. Butler stars as Sam Childers, a drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing spiritual transformation and makes a life-changing decision to travel to war-torn East Africa. After witnessing unspeakable horrors faced by innocent children, he vows to save them at any cost, including his own safety. Childers begins waging a relentless battle against the territory's renegade militia, leading harrowing missions behind enemy lines to rescue kidnapped orphans and restore peace to their lives - and eventually his own.

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123 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of 2011 October 18, 2011
I've read the book and seen the movie. The book will keep you awake at night and the movie will leave you breathless. It's one thing to read the words because you have to rely on your imagination to form the images from the author's words. Seeing those words accurately portrayed on the screen is incredible.

This is, bar none, Gerard Butler's crowning performance. Sam Childers pulled no punches about himself in the book and Butler truly brought the man to life on the screen. He isn't just an actor playing a part; in this movie it's almost as if he *becomes* Childers. The scene where he returns to retrieve the children he had to leave behind is, IMO, mindblowing. The scene in which he confronts and overcomes his crisis of faith is moving in the extreme.

I won't minimize: This story, in the book and on the screen, is horribly disturbing, and I can't stress that enough. However, it is incredibly powerful, thought-provoking, complex and heart-rending. Once you've seen this movie, you definitely won't forget it.

Honestly, I'd give it ten stars without hesitation...
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Machine Gun Preacher will touch you in some fashion October 27, 2011
I've seen the film 6 times in 6 different places all across the country, and I saw it with Sam Childers the first time he saw it. It's an amazing story about a nearly unbelievable journey by a man who went from crazy bad to crazy good, 'cos it takes a little crazy to do what he'd done as a young man and what he's done in Africa over the past decade. Fortunately there is less confrontation with the LRA in the area where the Shekinah Children's Village is near Nimule, South Sudan; and Sam Childers is spreading his feeding programs wider across central and east Africa where they're needed so badly, like in Somalia and Darfur. The book Another Man's War, the feature film Machine Gun Preacher and the upcoming documentary film will touch your heart in some fashion. Gerard Butler does a terrific job portraying both the old and new Sam. The Machine Gun Preacher DVD will be my gift for Christmases and birthdays for the next several years.
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64 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't this movie get a broader release? November 19, 2011
I'm giving 5 stars to the trailer. The trailer advertised limited release. All the money spent to produce this film and then limited release? I live in the country in Texas. I will have to wait and buy the movie to see it. I read the book the movie was based on and then bought more books to share with friends.

I saw a review that said the movie under performed. Of course it would under perform on limited release! Then we're stuck with the garbage Hollywood puts out the rest of the year. Maybe it's just because the word Preacher is in the title.

Frustrated with Hollywood!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing and Extremely POWERFUL Movie!! January 4, 2012
By Kneum
I feel very fortunate to be one of the few people who was able to see Machine Gun Preacher in the theater, since it was not shown in very many places!! (For some UNEXPLAINED reason!?!) It was an EXCELLENT movie........very moving, POWERFUL, thought-provoking, and well-acted by everyone.....especially Gerard Butler! He absolutely nailed the character of Sam Childers. He was not a very likeable person in the beginning, as he was just plain no-good....into drugs, crime, etc. After a missionary trip to Africa, his whole focus changed into wanting to save the children from the LRA. It was an AMAZING transformation and one that really should be shared. Although it does have parts that are sad to watch, it IS based on a true story and it does make people aware of the unimaginable atrocities that still occur around the world! I can't wait until it comes out on DVD so that I can watch it again!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I just finished watching this movie a couple hours ago and am still a little shaken by it. Gerard Butler's portrayal and this story are somewhat beyond description. His acting is top notch and the story is as well.

It shows how the real-life Sam Childers goes from a psychotic motorcycle thug to a tried and true freedom fighter for the children in southern Sudan and northern Uganda. It shows his transformation through his new found faith in the Christian religion and the unending support that he receives from his loving wife, daughter, and mother. He goes from robbing crack houses to building up his own successful construction company.He's then inspired by a missionary to go to Africa to "help". After his return, he's inspired to do more. He then builds his own church in order to support an orphanage in Sudan.

In the beginning, everything goes really well until ... you know, it doesn't. Then his faith in everything that he believes in is tested. Part of his "test" comes when his best friend kills himself after Sam hurts him during a heated argument. Sam goes into a very emotionally dark place where you think that he might become the monster that he was and is now trying to fight in Africa. He's then reenergized by the love and support that he receives from his African friends and the children at the orphanage he runs.

While watching this movie you'll go through every extreme of emotion from joy to dread. Just watching how this guy, by all rights should be dead of Anytown, Pennsylvania, fights for these kids that no one in the world cares about. It makes you wonder that if he can do this with minimal support, what the hell is the UN doing in Africa?

This movie was truly inspiring and thought provoking. This is NOT a hoaky, tear jerker, Hollywoodified construct. Watching it will be well worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great movie but not for the faint at heart
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3 and 1/2 stars. Can't make that selection so I am giving it 3 because the main character changes inexplicably, first in his conversion and then when he turns against his family... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lord compels Christian believers to help in humanitarian crises
There are very few movies with well-known actors that dare to tackle the subject matter of Christianity or human atrocities. This film does both. Read more
Published 24 days ago by A. D. Clements
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a very good movie, as well as an eye opener
This was a very good movie, as well as an eye opener. It shows what happens to children in some countries & how one man made a difference... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jodi bailey
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get past the filth
Couldn't get past the filth. We turned it off because of the filthy language. It may have something redeeming later in the movie but we could wait that long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful movie! Not your average drugs and violence movie ...
Powerful movie! Not your average drugs and violence movie.
Published 1 month ago by riverbubba
5.0 out of 5 stars ... one of the 'Best' reality Faith ... of the 'Best' reality Faith Based Movie out there !
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