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The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry (2008)

Gavin MacLeod , Robert Guillaume , Rich Christiano  |  PG |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gavin MacLeod, Robert Guillaume, Jansen Panettiere
  • Directors: Rich Christiano
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BJO8Q4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A Christian family film about faith and forgiveness, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry is a leisurely paced story concerning an elderly man who shares his faith with a young boy and how that simple act helps shape the lives of many. The movie is set in the simpler times of the summer of 1970. Dustin is a respectful 12-year-old boy who mows lawns for the neighbors, has just developed his first crush on a girl, and is spending the summer hanging out with his two good friends Albert and Mark. When elderly neighbor Mr. Sperry asks Dustin if he'll start mowing his lawn, Dustin gladly agrees, and soon Mr. Sperry begins sharing the Bible and his faith with Dustin. Before long, Dustin and his friends find themselves enjoying regular Bible study at Mr. Sperry's home. Through gentle words and engaging activities, Mr. Sperry helps Dustin and his friends discover how faith and the Bible can improve their lives, not only in the broadest sense, but also with some very specific lessons about forgiveness, problem solving, and even effectively dealing with bullying. This film delivers a wholesome message about faith and seeing things from another's point of view, but the pace is deliberately slow and the complete absence of normal preadolescent energy may well cause some contemporary viewers to lose interest. Gavin MacLeod and Jansen Panettiere give solid performances as Jonathan Sperry and Dustin, respectively, and it's great to see Robert Guillaume in a highly effective appearance as Mr. Sperry's neighbor Mr. Barnes. Bonus features include a 39-minute behind-the-scenes featurette with Gavin McLeod, director Rich Christiano, and producer Chad Gunderson; a full-length commentary with Rich Christiano and Gavin McLeod; a look at the various houses used in the film; interview footage with composer Jasper Randall; a special message from director Rich Christiano about his own faith; and contact information for related ministries. (Ages 7 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

Best buddies Dustin, Albert and Mark are twelve year old boys looking forward to a summer of fun in 1970.  When Dustin mows the lawn of seventy-five year old Jonathan Sperry, a man he has seen at church, a unique friendship develops. What happens the rest of this summer is something Dustin and his friends will never forget.

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146 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See for ALL!! March 12, 2010
By B. King
Secrets of Jonathan Sperry (Full Ac3) My husband and I came across the movie by pure circumstance as we were searching for something to do one afternoon. We immediately became intrigued by what we read about the movie and set out to see it in a town 40 minutes away. It was well worth the drive!! It is the best movie we had seen in a very long time. Our only regret was that our kids were not with us watching it too. It is the story of a boy learning to cope with a bully while really learning to cope with life as he learns about God and the Bible from an elderly man in the neighborhood. The lessons are subtle at first and a little more direct as the boy becomes more curious and seeks Mr.Sperry out more and more, along with his friends. But even at it's most direct this movie is not heavy handed in a religious aspect. It's more about seeing things and people in our lives from another perspective ... one we might not ever find if we do not seek it out.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR MOVIE >>>A MUST SEE BY ALL AND ALL AGES March 16, 2010
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AMAZING movie...the movie is set in the 1970's about 3 boys and their lifes in a small town. Very intrieging movie with just a good wholesome story about life and a special friendship with a christian man and his testimony he has for the Lord. A MUST see for all christians and their families of all ages..ANYONE and EVERYONE should see this movie.THe plan of salvation is clearly seen. A HEART TO HEART MOVIE>> YOU WON't BE DISAPPOINTED>>>very refreshing to have a movie made and shown in the USA in 2010 what a blessing!!!!!!!!!!!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT MOVIE March 24, 2010
By R.G.
My children (ages 11-17)and I all enjoyed this movie. I wish there were more out there like this one... we came away from it feeling inspired and good! You should definitely plan on seeing this!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry May 14, 2010
I rarely review a dvd but my ten year old son and I sat down last Saturday afternoon to watch The Secret Life of Jonathan Sperry. I wasn't quite sure what kind of movie this would be BUT I was pleasantly surprised by the intriguing story. There is amazing cast of actors but it's the message of the movie that will really touch your heart. I was so glad that my ten year old was watching it with me. He laughed and cried (well he had tears in his eyes). This movie is based on a true story. A story that will touch your soul. It is not an action, fast moving picture show. It is a slower make-you-sit-up-and-take-notice movie! This movie reminds me of the quote by S. Truett Cathy (founder of Chick-fil-A), "It's easier to build boys than to mend men." A wonderful movie for boys but it also gave "me pause" -- to think about the words I speak, about the people I (need) to tell about Jesus' love, about forgiveness and what a child learns today will stay with him for a lifetime. Need a great family movie? This is it! A wonderful 5 star watch!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs more then 5 stars May 29, 2010
By Leyla
Five stars does not give this movie justice. I'll give it a hundred stars. I was even more surprised to learn that this movie was based on a true story. I had no idea Jonathan Sperry even existed until about a little while ago. And I even learned something about the graves that was in the movie- that I never thought about before. People are so wrapped up in there own lives no one ever looks outside the box and think about what could be going on with their neighbors. If more people see's this movie the better their lives will be. Here's a idea buy some movies for your family and friends and then they can buy some and pass the movie to their friends. And I will do this as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just bought this movie.... May 14, 2010
I am always looking for wonderful family type movies with a Christian message. I found this movie at Walmart last week and could not wait to see it as I had seen the movie advertised on tv. I was so touched by its content and message and as I watched the movie progress I found myself sobbing. Some said that it had everything but an altar call and that bothered them. I say that more movies are needed with a story that touches hearts like this did for me. I went back to Walmart and bought three more to give as gifts. I did not think it sugarcoated the salvation message. In fact it made it so simple for someone to watch and comprehend what Mr. Christiano was trying to get the audience to see. The scene at the cemetary especially was heart wrenching and also how Mr. Sperry showed the Lord's love to those boys who then took that love and shared it with friends. How can this be a movie that would not be rated 5 stars is what I want to know. I am so tired of what Hollywood has to offer our families and when producers and writers bring us films with a message and with no cursing and one that pierces hearts with the salvation message I say, "Bring them on!" I have purchased almost all their movies and also The Morning After films which I enjoyed. I enjoy them because they reach people and they certainly reached my heart with truth and conviction. Families need to watch The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry and plan a discussion afterwards about what it meant to you and other family members. It would be a great addition to your dvd library as it is mine now. Patty Hager
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the Whole Family! May 11, 2010
This is one of the best movies I have seen in YEARS. There was so much publicity for "Blindside" showing strong Christian values, yet I came away very disappointed. This movie will NOT disappoint! Wonderful character-building themes woven throughout the film; deals with many important topics such as the difficulties of losing a father at a young age; the value of senior citizens being involved with young people; kindness and forgiveness; how to deal with a bully; and so much more. We will definitely be showing this at our church, and passing it around to all our friends. EXCELLENT!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it sooo much that I gave this movie to ...
need i say more about christian movies...loved it sooo much that I gave this movie to my older son and family...they have decided to keep it and I willl have to buy it again... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by DEBRA KROGEL
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie I've ever seen.
Honors God and shows in a simple story how everyone can make a difference. This movie can change lives. I've seen it happen.
Published 3 days ago by Cynthia Melendrez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for all ages
My husband and I enjoyed this movie so much we showed it to our two teenage family friends. They loved it too. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Profe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great monvie for the family and friends
This picture is really great to sit down with your kids and family. Spiritual enough for kids! If we could all treat each other like in this film!!What a blessing!! Luved it
Published 11 days ago by JOLANIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching
Really nice story. Actually good for the whole family to watch! But adults will like it too. ...reminds you of what's important in life, and to forgive.
Published 11 days ago by Joy2U
5.0 out of 5 stars Filmed in Western NY
There is a powerful message that is left with anyone that watches this film. I have 7 grandchildren have watched this and many adults all were moved to tears. Great gift! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Faithful user
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and Interesting!!!
It took me a long time to finally purchasing “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry,” however I was not disappointed not one bit. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sybil M. Fonseca
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie with a great message
My family enjoyed watching the movie, specially my kids. It's a. Great movie to learn how to live our Faith and share it with others.
Published 25 days ago by Margarita C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
What a great movie. I would highly recommend for family, even children would enjoy it. We have watched it several times.
Published 28 days ago by Tim L.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have to own!!
I love clean movies with a good ending. So many good twists in this movie that honors Jesus Christ through a man (Gavin MacLeod, the Love Boat Captain) who had so many angles of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Indiana Hoosier
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