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When the life of mega film star, Michael Steele (Randy Travis), is destroyed right before the most important day of his life, his faith is put to the ultimate test.

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  • Actors: Jude Ciccolella, Bronson Pinchot, Randy Travis, Nancy Valen, Nancy Stafford
  • Directors: Judson Pearce Morgan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8L9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 21, 2008
Format: DVD
A Christian film starring Randy Travis (country western/gospel singer), Nancy Stafford (Matlock) and Candace Cameron Bure (Full House)

Michael Steel (Randy Travis) is a hot commodity in Hollywood. He's been nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award and is riding high. This nomination is a 'big deal' for Michael as he's experienced a great deal of prejudice for his faith as a Christian.

Michael's faith is tested in the days before the Academy Award presentation. His wife has filed for divorce because she feels neglected, the director of his current film demands he shoot a scene that is in opposition to his belief of right and wrong (and one that has been covered in his contract), the female star (Candace Cameron Bure) of the film makes untrue allegations involving her relationship with Michael, and a journalist with an axe to grind reports a story about Michael and a young child.

With his life falling apart, Michael seeks advice and refuge with his sister Annie (Nancy Stafford). Through her words and her actions she helps guide him through the valley of misery he's entered into.

While Michael faces the most important event of his life, he also must make a choice that will change his life forever. It's the fight of all fights with Satan.

The Wager is a 'message' film. It's a story about good vs. evil from the perspective of a follower of Christ. There are no easy answers to the questions asked, and while the story has a satisfactory ending, there is always the unasked question for the viewer: what would you do if?

The Wager isn't a film that is going to be popular in our secular society and that's too bad. It is, however, one that people who want something wholesome with a values message will find appealing.

It's wonderful to have films available for people who don't want what is usually served up in movie theaters.

Armchair Interviews says: Wager is one of those films.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Handzo on August 23, 2008
Format: DVD
As a compelling mixture of the biblical book of Job and the Sermon on the Mount, The Wager is a good story, with many surprising twists and relevant insights. The novel, written by Bill Myers, is a powerful tale of trials and triumphs. However, when the printed story moved to DVD, some of the intensity was lost in the media conversion. While still a riveting tale, it could have had more impact if the actors showed a greater emotional involvement in the volatile situations.

Michael Steel (Randy Travis) is about to make cinema history as the first Christian actor nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. Yet, God has cast him in a different starring role. When Satan claims that no one can live the Sermon on the Mount in today's society, Michael gets the lead role in this supernatural drama. In the space of ten tension-filled days, his life gets bombarded from every possible angle. From his personal life to his marriage to his career, Michael has to hold on to his faith in the middle of a furious spiritual battle.

Fans of Randy Travis will enjoy seeing this singer in an acting role. Also of interest was the character, Cassandra, played by Candace Cameron Bure of "Full House" fame. Her role of seductress stayed within the boundaries of good taste and allowed viewers to understand the temptation without having it splashed across the screen. And that's where the movie shines. Tastefully produced and staying true to the theme of the novel, this film has the potential to present a life dedicated to the cause of the Christ regardless of the casualties the world may throw.

As a contemporary parable with a purpose, The Wager is a safe bet.

Joyce Handzo (courtesy In the Library Reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judith Rudolph on September 12, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this movie very much, it has a wonderful message and you just need to over look the acting, it is the message that I truely enjoyed. It is worth seeing. I gave it a 4 for the acting and really it is worth a 5 for the message it gives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Mohammed on January 20, 2010
Format: DVD
It's a good story, facing provocative topics head on -- adultery, divorce, the lure of fame & money, the question of true discipleship -- as the main character faces his darkest hour. There are some surprising faces, familiar from favorite TV shows of the past. Most of the acting is very good. The plot slows down just a little at times, but we forgive that because the story is so good. It felt to me a little like some of the characters were left unexplored -- like maybe the story needed to be longer in order to answer the questions posed in the first half of the movie. Overall, it's not a great movie, but it's definitely a good movie, and well worth watching, at least once. (Don't miss out on another movie from the same producers: Hidden Secrets.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Bozzuto on December 30, 2009
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Hi :) I purchased this movie from Newbury Comics. I received it just a few days later after i had ordered it! The box and the dvd were in excellent shape! Very happy with the entire transaction. Will definitely use this company again to purchase from! Great job, Judi C. :)

The movie itself is a movie everyone should see too. I know i could really relate to it in alot of ways...Randy Travis does a great job playing his part and you really feel for him as you watch this movie...it's heartwrenching and yet has a great ending...:) It is definitely well worth the money spent on the movie and then some!
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