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Saving God

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After serving 15 years for manslaughter, reformed pastor Armstrong Cane (Ving Rhames, Day of the Dead, Idlewild) is ready to make amends with the neighborhood he abandoned. Returning to his late father's preaching ground, the First Community Church of God, he reaches out to Norris, a young, troubled dealer on the path to self-destruction. With Armstrong's guidance, Norris wants out, but is threatened with his life by drug boss Blaze (Dean McDermott, Kiss the Bride) if he quits. When Armstrong is pressured by another pastor (Ricardo Chavira, Desperate Housewives) to sell the church, their chances of building a new life seem slim. Together, the two strive to escape their dark pasts, and to reclaim a brighter future.

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"Leaves Your Heart Singing and Your Spirit Soaring!" --Onewayfilms

"Grit Meets Grace! The Street Meets its Match in Faith, Hope and Pastor Cane!" --Myles Holmes, TCT


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  • Actors: Ving Rhames, Dean McDermott, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Genelle Williams, Kate Todd
  • Directors: Duane Crichton
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DF67ZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saving God" on IMDb

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Wheelie Man on March 13, 2009
Format: DVD
Saving God is a RARE movie in that it not only has a good story with a great message but the acting is great! I'm one of those Christians who watches Christian movies with the feeling that I'm being dragged across nails to stand the low budget and poor acting. Even some of the best ones were difficult in the acting department.

Saving God is a BIG step up from the others. The story is not a typical little feel good story like many. It is a story of struggles and not only struggles with non believers but struggles with believers as well. It doesn't paint a false picture of perfection of those who are saved. It simply shows the truth which is that we are born sinners who still have struggles and only thrive in the fact that we are made clean by the blood of Christ.

Not only is the story good but the acting is superb. I couldn't believe I was watching a Christian movie. Rhames was outstanding to say the least. No, the other actors aren't up to his level but unlike other Christian films, they are not only tolerable but enjoyable.

In the end there are many messages in Saving God. I've already used a scene or two for my teaching. I think there are 10 or so scenes that one could use to show great examples of different views into what is going on in the world today (real life!) and how we should deal with them.

Compared to all movies this would still get a 4 out of 5 stars but as a cheap Christian film it easily gets 5 stars. I just wonder why there wasn't more advertising on this one. They really missed their chance to let people know how much they are missing if they don't watch this movie.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Lester on August 15, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie had some good points and good acting. They did show how God can turn anyone's life around. No one is beyond God's Grace. Yet, where the movie fell flat was the "Christian couple" that was friends with Norris and his girlfriend. They preached it, yet they didn't quite live it. They weren't married and they were having sex...yet the movie made it seem like it was all right because they were "faithful" to each other. Come on...that's not Biblical. It could have been a very good movie...but this one point really blew it for me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas K. Perkins on December 25, 2008
Format: DVD
I was pleasantly surprised by this moving, realistic movie that has a message that is timely and relevant. I agree with the reviewer who mentioned that it doesn't matter if a movie has "secular" actors. The term secular has become such a dirty word among so-called Christians. I am a born again, Bible-Believing Christian myself, but it really saddens me to hear my fellow Brothers & Sisters in the Lord be so narrow and bigoted.

This film is so touching and well made and extremely well acted. Ving Rhames was also executive producer, so this may be a clue to where is heart really is these days.

Whether you are a believer or not, please give this wonderful film a try!

In Jesus' Name
Kelly Perkins
Tyler, TX
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brady Crenshaw on April 8, 2009
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its an awesome movie that the average person needs to see and know that God loves them it will change your life
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From Wikipedia in English: Irving Rameses "Ving" Rhames (born May 12, 1959) is an American actor best known for his work in Pulp Fiction, Don King: Only in America, and the Mission: Impossible film series.

I put that up there because for me he will always be one of the main actors in Entrapment (Special Edition) where he very strangely has not received the credit he deserves as a supporting actor.

I am glad that all the Christians like this movie, but for me is is not a Christian movie per se, but rather a movie about raw life, the contradictions and challenges, and more often than most people realize, the unexpected openings for salvation and a new direction. The end is gripping, it can inspire tears.

Ving Rhames is the lead actor here (as he was in the sequel to Kojak as a series) and I would very much like to see him featured in other movies. Solid as a rock and that refers to his mind and his presence, not his body.

Absolutely recommended for viewing by anyone, not just families, and especially anyone who thinks they are "stuck." Taking a line from Human Target: The Complete First Season, "You're not as stuck as you think you are." BRAVO.

As a gesture of respect, and with a tip of the hat to Wikipedia where his entry is one of the better ones on substance, here are the three Mission Impossible movies he appeared in, the only person besides Tom Cruise to have this honor:

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My husband and I both enjoyed this movie. Number One reason is CONTENT. Number 2 is no cursing. This moving had both action and emotion tied in. It
is worth taking time out of your busy schedule to see this. It is very
encouraging to see how God can change a person. I really don't know if it would be a useful tool for salvation but I think that even those who are not christians will enjoy this. It is not "in your face preaching. It is just watching one man who did something bad in the past -how he and God changed his life--how God used him to change someone else's life.
As a christian -it was VERY ENCOURAGING.
I do think that it is for children under 12 maybe 13 --just depends on how mature they are.
This movie is something like you could see happen in today's times.
I love the part where Pastor Cane questions the other pastor about "knowing" the parishners--about is he just up there preaching for the money and what he can get and selling God or is he really trying to make a difference in the people--is he available when someone in his church is hurting and needs comfort or prayer or just to talk. I think this movie hits on a lot of little things that goes on and needs to be "brought out into the open.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this movie!!
It is extremly nice to see a christian movie that has good acting and believable people
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