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5.0 out of 5 stars "Get out of the way, Jupiter and Mars!", February 17, 2001
This review is from: The Apostle [VHS] (VHS Tape)
"The Apostle," starring Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Miranda Richardson, and John Beasley, is an outstanding film... beautifully written and acted, breathtaking in its simplicity and yet imbued with complex and deeply etched characters, a stunning and realistic portrayal of life inside a southern Pentecostal Christian community, and an eloquent chronicle of one man's search for redemption.
The movie's premise is simple and effective. Euliss "Sonny" Dewey (played by Robert Duvall) is a Pentecostal preacher who has everything: a loving wife Jessie (Farrah Fawcett) and two adoring children; a doting mother (June Carter-Cash); and a thriving ministry. He is respected and loved by his church community.
But Sonny is also a womanizer, and a man who suspects his wife being involved in an adulterous relationship of her own. Jessie is indeed having an affair with Horace, the youth minister in their church. When Sonny discovers the truth about his wife, his life unravels. He is ousted as pastor of his church. One day, Sonny momentarily loses control, and in a drunken rage, smashes Horace's skull with a baseball bat.
Sonny flees from justice. Styling himself an itinerant preacher, he travels through rural southeastern Texas and into the bayou country of Louisiana. While he is traveling, he hears the voice of his conscience peck away at his vanity and worldly ways.
The majority of this beautiful film takes place in a small town in Louisiana's bayou country. Sonny, now self-baptized as "The Apostle E.F.," sets about resurrecting a small Pentecostal church which had fallen into disuse after the retirement of its pastor. With an infectious smile, eternally effervescent personality, and obvious love for the Lord, the "Apostle E.F." soon sets this bayou community on its ear. The Apostle, however, is constantly aware of his past, as his conscience reminds him of the enormity of his crime. How he deals with the issue of balancing God's love with God's justice is perhaps the central theme of this marvelous film.
It took Robert Duvall fourteen years to see this project through to fruition, and his commitment shows throughout the film. His performance as "The Apostle E.F." has tremendous depth and credibility. In this veteran actor's hands, the character of Sonny Dewey illuminates the screen. Other performances of note are those of John Beasley as the compassionate yet strong-willed Reverend Blackwell; and in an excellent cameo appearance, June Carter-Cash as Sonny's mother. Only the performance of Farrah Fawcett seems to suffer in this film. Her portrayal of Jessie Dewey seemed to lack power; the character she played seemed too unemotional and detached in every scene in which she appeared.
"The Apostle" is a well crafted film which explores many issues confronting humanity: good versus evil; justice versus mercy; and virtue versus vice. This movie provides sensitive answers to pressing questions, and does so without ever becoming moralistic or "preachy." With a top-shelf screenplay and first-rate performances by an excellent cast, The Apostle is wonderful entertainment, as well as a movie with an important message.
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2010 7:29:30 PM PDT
hopscotch60 says:
His wife is beautiful, that's true, but she has wanted out of the marriage for some time. She tells him, "I can't live like this anymore," and she is clearly afraid of him. She keeps a distance from his hands, which tells us that he has been violent before. This is not a man who has the world on a string. When the church elders come to tell him he must leave the church, I don't sense that they are all on his side. I got the feeling that some people in his church already know he isn't a good guy.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 4:46:51 AM PDT
Ed Kern says:
From what I saw in the movie I didn't see an "obvious love for the Lord", I saw a person who realized as a child that he could get a lot of attention by joining the show, and join the show he did until it was the only thing he knew how to do. I also didn't detect any remorse for killing Horace. I have seen my share of preachers who joined the show and thought that sin didn't count for them because the Lord had "consecrated" them. Then there are the "once saved, always saved" Christians, but I won't go into that here except to say that "once saved, always saved" is unbiblical. A reading of Paul shows that.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 10:32:08 PM PST
Far too much information for a "review." Generally it's considered polite to leave at least a few surprises for the viewer. That's why considerate folks use "Spoiler Alerts," to warn readers that they should read no further if they'd like to discover the film for themselves.
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