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That said, I think if you are interested in a review of a bio pic, you just might be interested in the opinion of someone who actually knew the man.
Rich Mullins was a successful Contemporary Christian musician, probably best remembered as the writer/singer of the worship anthem “Awesome God”. He was known as the quirky, beloved poet of his industry, coming to concerts barefoot and giving away much of his considerable wealth to the poor. David Leo Schultz and his crew from Color Green Films could have made an endearing little movie where all is well and the hero is shiny and perfect in the current fashion of the genre of faith based films.
But Rich wasn’t perfect and it was his imperfection that drew Schultz to produce an authentic movie about a broken man who authentically loved God.
Ragamuffin portrays the story of Rich from his young life on a farm in rural Indiana to his death in a car accident in September of 1997. While music and the struggles of fame are major ingredients in the story, the universal storyline for me is the unresolved relationship between Rich and his father, John. (Truly, can you name 10 people in your life who do not have strained relationships with their fathers, either deceased or alive? Maybe 5?) This is the heart of the story-what people do when they believe in their hearts that they are “not enough”.
Enter the true hero of the story, author and speaker, Brennan Manning.Read more ›
I was getting ready for church Sunday morning, September 20, 1997, when my sister burst into my room and yelled, "Rich Mullins was killed in a car crash!" I stared at her. "That's not funny," I said flatly. "No, really, it's on the radio!" And then she saw my face and realized that might not have been the best way to break the news to me, considering what a fan I was. So she left my room.
Getting through church that morning was hard, because I wanted to grieve, but I also had a lot of guilt. I'm at church to focus on God, not cry over some singer that I didn't even know that died. I'd been taught/told that the interests I had (movies, music, etc) were silly, trivial, dumb, what have you, and it would be wrong to cry over him. But I wanted to, because he was more than "some singer" to me. When the congregation recited The Apostle's Creed, I could only say it in my head, not out loud, because all I could hear was Rich singing, "I believe what I believe/Is what makes me what I am". And I thought, "Are you singing your song with the angels today, Rich?"
Finally service let out, I got in the car with my sister, and I sobbed and sobbed. I finally calmed down enough to start the car, and of course the Christian radio station was playing Rich's music. The song, "All the Way My Savior Leads Me" (words not by him, but his arrangement and recording) just finished, and the DJ said, "If some of you are having a hard time dealing with this tragedy, there's a book you can read called 'Why Bad Things Happen To Good People'."
I shut off the radio and started swearing and yelling at it.Read more ›
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The movie was done so well I thought I was watching the real person. I am a believer & for this to show one can still have such a very unhappy time with emotions & still... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Truly awful, I've never wanted a rental refund so badly. I had high hopes for this movie based on the description and some reviews, but about 1/2 way through this VERY,... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Souther
Good movie. Helps if you know the story behind it and are familiar with the music.Published 11 days ago by Donna M. Schuessler
I give this movie two stars because it was depressing and I don't think it gave a true representation of Rich Mullins. Too much time was spent on his failures and fears. Read morePublished 15 days ago by L. Mcdevitt
worth watching about the life of someone who paved the way for many modern Christian worship leaders. Good informative movie without being plastic and unrealistic.Published 15 days ago by Giovonni DeMarcus
Yeah, loved Rich Mullins. That man was ready, gifted and brought some of God's best music to earth before going home.Published 19 days ago by Paul Hayes
Rich Mullins has long held my respect. This gutsy portrayal fortified my feelings. The film was well done and it honored him counterintuitively … isn't that the Jesus way?Published 19 days ago by Karl Ingersoll