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The Last Sin Eater (2007)

Louise Fletcher , Henry Thomas , Michael Landon Jr.  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louise Fletcher, Henry Thomas, Liana Liberato, Soren Fulton, A.J. Buckley
  • Directors: Michael Landon Jr.
  • Writers: Michael Landon Jr., Brian Bird, Francine Rivers
  • Producers: Brian Bird, Brian Matthews, Donald Hauer, Eric Weiler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVI0DU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Part of the new wave of Christian filmmaking, The Last Sin Eater appeals to a broader family audience as well--and perhaps film lovers seeking, simply, more soul in their cinema. The film, directed by Michael Landon Jr., has more than a bit of homage to Little House on the Prairie as its story unfolds through the eyes of its young heroine, Cadi, a Welsh immigrant whose family has settled deep in Appalachia, bringing superstitions and rites from the Old World and melding them with those from the new. Cadi is played by Liana Liberato with gravitas and knowingness that evokes the young Anna Paquin. Cadi's turmoil begins at the deeply disturbing nighttime funeral for her beloved Granny, when a shadowy figure creeps in and chants, "For your earthly sins, woman, I pawn my own soul!" Cadi, warned her own soul would be in peril if she looked upon the sin eater, can't help turn around and lock eyes with the wretched man. And so begins Cadi's own journey of the soul. As tragedy and evil plague the plucky settlement, Cadi is driven to understand her own life and religious choices. "Would I have to live to be Granny's age to be forgiven for my sins?" a bleakly discouraged Cadi wonders in a voiceover. The costumes are sumptuous (perhaps a bit too much so for such a hardscrabble existence in the 1850s), as is the lovely but unforgiving landscape. Cadi's journey is rewarding, yet not at all predictably so. Terrific supporting appearances by Henry Thomas and Louise Fletcher flesh out a very moving tale. Extras include some deleted scenes, and some cool behind-the-scenes footage. --A.T. Hurley

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10-year-old Cadi feels responsible for her little sister's death, so she searches out the one man she feels can take away her sin: The Sin Eater. But in her quest for redemption, Cadi uncovers a secret that threatens to divide her family and community in this heartwarming, inspirational tale for the entire family. Based on the novel by best-selling author Francine Rivers.

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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
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Based on the best-selling novel by Francine Rivers, The Last Sin Eater movie is a faithful adaptation, beautifully capturing the novel's theme of redemption.

Set in 1850's Appalachia, this is the story of ten-year-old Cadi Forbes, a young girl wracked with guilt and longing for her mother's love. Can she ever be forgiven for what she's done? When her beloved Granny dies at the film's beginning the "passing bell" is rung, and Cadi is told the Sin Eater will come at nightfall to take away Granny's sins. Above all, she must not look at the Sin Eater. If she does, some of the sins he carries could spill over onto her. But as any curious girl would, Cadi can't help looking into the mysterious and dreadful man's eyes. Who is the Sin Eater? Why is he shunned by the entire community? And can he take away her sins now?

Though filmed in Utah, you'll be hard pressed not to believe every scene took place in the Appalachians. It's noteworthy cast features newcomer Liana Liberato (Cadi) who steals the show with her fresh-faced innocence and her ability to portray a broad spectrum of emotions. Stuart Finley-McLennan isn't the healer he was as Dr. McNeil in the Christy television series, but in this movie he's the one inflicting damage as villain Brogan Kai. Henry Thomas is probably most well-known for his role as Elliott in E.T., but he wonderfully captures the man of God character in this movie. The scenes he shares with Cadi are some of the films most touching moments.

Definitely a family-friendly movie it is surprisingly rated PG-13, though it seemed closer to a PG. Michael Landon, Jr. himself suggests parents watch the film before showing it to young children.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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At heart this is a tale of faith, and how a community learns to cast away their fear, superstitions and past sins & redeem themselves. The lead character is young Cadi Forbes [played brilliantly by Liana Liberato]who carries a heavy burden of guilt as she feels responsible for her younger sister's death. At her grandmother's funeral, she looks upon the 'sin-eater', a person chosen by the community to lead a life of isolation, only to appear at funerals and 'consume' the sins of the dead so that they may rest in peace. Intent upon having her own sins absolved, Cadi sets out on a journey of hope, and tries to find the sin eater. Not only does she find him, but discovers that the community is not completely clear of conscience themselves, and it takes a man of faith to make her and the rest see the truth. The acting in this movie is above average...young Liana Liberato is able to convincingly evoke feelings of fear, guilt and hope, and the sin eater himself is adept at portraying his hopeless situation. The villain of the movie is played by Stuart Finlay Mclennan [who was the doctor in Christy] and he does a good job of playing an ignorant & power crazy maniac. There are also good supporting roles such as Thomas Howell as the preacher. The cinematography is lush and evokes the captivating beauty of the mountains, and the costumes are beautiful [though a bit too elaborate for people eking out a meager living in the mountains]. All in all, a great family movie [though young kids may find some of the scenes frightening], and a movie with solid values to impart.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is. May 11, 2007
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This movie is exactly what I suspect it is intended to be - a story of redemption and grace. Those looking for ultra sophistication, or those offended by a film that unashamedly embraces our sin condition and how it affects us will probably not like this film. Those who find a positive treatment of these subjects relevant will love it.

On another note, I am married to a woman whose family immigrated from Wales in the 1800's and who lived (and many still do) in the foothills of the Appalachians. This movie captures some of the flavor of that culture. I highly recommend this movie as long as you remember - it is what it is.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul-stirring and captivating movie for all ages April 16, 2007
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"The Last Sin Eater" was beautifully done and captures the heart of anyone who watches this film. The story focuses on a young girl Cadi Forbes who is tormented by the grief of her sister's death; she feels she is to blame for this tragedy and only wants the love of her family, especially her mother. Her quest to find forgiveness leads her to the ultimate truth and redemption. The relationships between the characters are endearing and the story moves beautifully along. The children tug at your heart the entire film and Henry Thomas who plays the "Man of God" delivers a brilliant performance and will bring tears to your eyes. Even though there are some intense scences, this is a film for the whole family.

Francine Rivers was thrilled with this movie directed by Michael Landon Jr. and I can see why. This movie will touch the whole family and it is a film I could watch over and over again. We need more Christian films like this one!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Released in '06 the Christian film 'The Last Sin Eater' is a classic case of the old adage, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." This well crafted but at times heavy-handed production is the brainchild of Michael Landon Jr., son of the famous Michael Landon who brought us such popular television series as; "Little House on the Prairie" and "Highway to Heaven."

Synopsis: A 19th century Welsh community residing in the Appalachian mountains hides a terrible secret about the past and their ongoing need for a "sin eater" to absolve their transgressions. Little ten year old Cadie also hides a dark secret of her own and her quest to find forgiveness exposes more about herself and her neighbors than she could have ever imagined.

Meaningful family friendly entertainment with a strong Gospel message. Even if you don't appreciate the overt evangelization there are things you can still enjoy in this film like the charming performance of Liana Liberto in the starring role of Cadie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Christian Propaganda
What we have here is a beautifully made piece of Christian propaganda. Good photography. good performances. nice music and fine direction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pk4039
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Sin Eater
Excellent movie! Michael Landon Jr. Has his Thefather's gift for meaningful stories. You won't be disappointed with this movie. A must watch!
Published 2 months ago by Lesliepaterna
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing
This will change your life! We watched with intensity and meaningful content! For all the family members and more. Love
Published 2 months ago by prospermom
5.0 out of 5 stars good to enjoy with the family! :-0
awesome movie. it has mystery and intrigue that will not let you look away. surprised that i would say that about a christian movie. I am too! Read more
Published 4 months ago by mjmehl2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Found this movie while looking online. Thought is sounded like something I would like. It was a very good movie. Our family enjoyed it very much.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE!
This is a beautiful movie about the redemption of sinners through what Christ did for us on the cross and through His resurrection. Read more
Published 7 months ago by elsielou
3.0 out of 5 stars The book was much better!!!
The book was much better than the film. The book had such an impact on me that I rushed to get the movie. Not even close. I recommend purchasing the book instead.
Published 8 months ago by Susan R. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Enjoyed this movie soo much. I bought this copy to put into our Library at church for others to enjoy.
Published 8 months ago by barbara feibel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
The title is not that great. Makes it seem like some kind of horror movie... but it's DEFINITELY not. Such a beautiful story.
Published 9 months ago by B. Moss
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