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Saving God (2008)

Ving Rhames , Dean McDermott , Duane Crichton  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DF67ZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saving God" on IMDb

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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.


"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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality, Great Acting, Great Message March 13, 2009
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed The Mark August 15, 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate Christian Movie! December 25, 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie for anybody to see April 8, 2009
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:

Mission Impossible - Ultimate Missions Collection (Mission Impossible / Mission Impossible II / Mission Impossible III)

Also see him with John Travolta in Pulp Fiction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie***** November 21, 2008
Pay no mind to the other review that is negative.Preaching God's word has a price and their are trials you go through.Real Preachers are made up of broken down losers that the world spits at.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Christian Movie! March 5, 2009
Saving God is an EXCELLENT Christian movie! Please pay attention to the majority of positive reviews and not the narrow-minded reviewer who gave this movie 1 star. Ving Rhames takes a different direction from his typical secular roles and plays an pastor who is also an ex-con working to reach people for Christ in his drug and crime-ridden neighborhood. Your family will enjoy this movie! Our church is showing this movie to our teen audience next week. You will not be disappointed!!

Read my response to the 1-star reviewer:

Wow - I don't think I'd call this review 'old-fashioned', however NAIVE may be a better word? In today's world, "Saving God" is more relevant and realistic than ever. In this reviewers world, if a "Christian" turns up pregant and unmarried, we all of a sudden have a right to judge her character. As Christians we go through phases in our walk with the Lord and just because we are saved, does not mean that we will never sin again. Thank God that Christians are NOT as perfect as this reviewer. Otherwise, we'd never learn anything. The only thing that stinks is this review. Obviously, this person did not hear Ving Rhames' interview at the end where he had a part in changing the title of the movie from "Selling God" to "Saving God". The movie, was AWESOME! Too bad, this reviewer missed the entire message.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
Excellent faith moving film! I agree - ignore the negative commentary. My husband and I pastor a church and we only watch Christian films and programming. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Gwandine
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good movie
Published 3 months ago by RDF
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
This is a good moral movie that the whole family can watch together. I would recommend this movie to you as well.
Published 6 months ago by Tractor Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful, riveting, and moving
I was familiar with only a single name in the cast or crew, but I
thought they did an excellent job. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Donald James. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Wonderful my wife. Loves it. It's a must have movie. Must Watch it's heart warming and down to earth . We watch it at least. Twice A month
Published 15 months ago by summer
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
predicable is the kindest thing that can be said about this movie. I can see why Christians will line up to see this movie and all power to them but cinematically the bad guys are... Read more
Published 18 months ago by P. I. Simunovich
5.0 out of 5 stars SAVING GOD
SAVING GOD... not selling God. recommend to everyone. All can identify at some point of this movie. It makes you stop and think, really think.
Published 22 months ago by Johanna Krahn
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I was initially reluctant to watch this - because often movies of this genre miss the mark in terms of true balance between pure scripture and real life. Read more
Published on June 9, 2012 by M. Carr
4.0 out of 5 stars Ving Rhames is great!
Wonderfully inspirational. Ving Rhames is most powerful. A man's man and a woman"s protector. Great story of redemption and survival. He is truly God's everyday hero! Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Cass
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. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by RedCheckLady
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