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Salvation Boulevard (2011)

Greg Kinnear , Pierce Brosnan , George Ratliff  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris
  • Directors: George Ratliff
  • Writers: George Ratliff, Douglas Stone, Larry Beinhart
  • Producers: Andy Sawyer, Ben Ringle, Bob Weissman, Cathy Schulman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005J4TLQ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Salvation Boulevard" on IMDb

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A former Deadhead-turned-born-again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"I am the anointed servant of God and I tell you to be silent!" Deadhead turned born-again-Christian Carl (Kinnear) is friends with the pastor of his local mega-church Dan Day (Brosnan) and is invited to accompany him to scientist Dr. Paul Blaylock's (Harris) house for a discussion. When a terrible accident happens Carl finds himself fingered in the incident and does everything he can to prove he is innocent. Things aren't always easy though. Having never seen a preview for this I was excited for this based off the cast alone. While I will say this is a good movie and a very dark comedy I was a little disappointed. The main flaw this had was that the movie had a good idea but had only ten minutes of it. There was a lot of repeating going on and a few scenes that seemed like they were only put in to increase the running time. I have to say that Brosnan and Kinnear played very similar parts to the ones they played in "The Matador" (which is a better movie) but it seems to fit them. It may sound like I'm bashing this movie. I don't mean to if that's how it comes off. I did enjoy it and laughed a few times but based off the cast I was a little disappointed (but after movies like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and "Son Of No One" I need to stop thinking just because the cast is great means the movie will be great.) Overall, a decent dark comedy that is worth watching but tone down your expectations. I give it a B-.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satirical broad strokes get at something important. September 20, 2012
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Watching Salvation Boulevard, I realized that satire was never going to be the funniest form of comedy. Ever since Swift penned A Modest Proposal, whatever laughs there are in these dark artistic works have been nervous and mixed with horror and revulsion.

So it is with "Salvation Boulevard," not the darkest comedy I've ever seen, but plenty dark, disturbing, and sometimes violent. But in the service of deflating piety, hypocrisy, and egomania, the atmosphere feels entirely appropriate.

The movie starts with a debate between Pastor Dan Day (Pierce Brosnan) and atheist Peter Blaylock (Ed Harris). Having watched similar debates between various clerics and religious apologists and the likes Richard Dawkins and the late, great Christopher Hitchens, the script and direction gets the tone mostly right and mines the hubris and false confidence (of both parties) for laughs. The scene also serves to introduce us to most of the key characters, including Carl Vanderveer (Greg Kinnear), a former Deadhead who has had a radical conversion to an evangelical form of Christianity and married a seemingly holy woman, who has a saner-than-she-should be teen daughter.

Not nearly as broad as "Saved!"--a satire in a similar vein--"Boulevard" deals with Pastor Dan accidentally shooting atheist Blaylock (which rather than killing him, puts him in a coma) and trying to pin the shooting on Carl. Because all of this happens within the opening minutes of the movie, no spoiler alert was called for, but from that point on the surprises begin to stack up and to say more would be to rob the reader of those moments of shock and humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The comedy is irreverent and right on the money February 14, 2014
By Jill
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We had so much fun watching this movie. I love seeing Jim Gaffigan. The comedy does have a dark side in that it's truly scary how religion can make people rationalize murder and that constant underscores the entire plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Pierce Brosnan February 10, 2014
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He can play such an awful wretch- great actor in whatever he does! Pierce gets better looking as he ages!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pierce Brosnan is a great actor February 3, 2014
By JT
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Love this movie and most all of brosnan's movies, if you too are a fan of his you need this one in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie October 31, 2013
By wlo
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Flew under the radar but it is going to be a cult favorite. With actors like Pierce Broslin, Ed Harris and Marisa Tomei how can you go wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie. October 29, 2013
Format:DVD
I thought this movie was very good and very true to real life. The beginning was a bit slow, I admit, but then you begin to see what religion can do to people. My father always said stay away from the very religious people because they are evil. I know that this is just a movie, but as I said before, very true to real life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny June 22, 2013
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I loved this movie. Greg Kinnear did a great job. He has such depth as an actor. I also enjoyed Pierce Brosnan's work. The story was so good also,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark, VERY funny, very pleasant surprise!
Anyone put off by the title can relax, this movie is not a diabolical assault on Christianity. It's not even about religion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tom Fulery
3.0 out of 5 stars Kimnear & Brosnsn are a dream team!
Kinnear & Brosnan are an absolute dream team & work amazing together. With this unexpected plot they still manage to fine humor.
Published 3 months ago by A. Hurrell Fuller
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it at all
We just couldn't get into this one. We kept watching for a while, but finally gave up and turned it off. It just didn't match up to the hype in the movie trailer.
Published 4 months ago by Gary C. Muse
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible effort all around
The premise in the trailers seemed very engaging with potential for great humor. I found the script to be trite and the actors didn't seem to believe the lines they were... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gregory A. Weisler
3.0 out of 5 stars SALVATION BOULEVARD
IT WAS O.K. NOT THE BEST I HAVE WATCHED.. NOT THE KIND OF ROLL I WOULD HAVE PUT PIERCE BROSNAN
IN. HE IS JUST TO SEXY TO DO A ROLL OF THIS KIND.
Published 14 months ago by Jane Stewart Boles
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun!
This film was just plain old good fun! Not oscar stuff,just a funny film with a great cast! Really makes you think.
Published 15 months ago by alton
2.0 out of 5 stars Tolerable -
This religious satire involves a modern-day evangelical Pastor Dan Day, who accidentally shoots atheist Dr. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Loyd E. Eskildson
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