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The Least Among You

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Leaders are not chosen, they are called. Inspired by a true story. Richard Kelly (Cedric Sanders) is a black college graduate forced to serve probation at an all-white seminary after the 1965 Watts riots. Richard is encouraged by the seminary president, Alan Beckett, to break the color line. Richard nears his breaking point when he meets Samuel (Louis Gossett, Jr.), an elderly janitor who lives in the basement of his dormitory. As Samuel guides Richard through the trials of racism and the personal life that haunts him, Richard undergoes a transformation that forces him to choose between his dreams and his destiny.

Special Features

“Rev. Dr. Charles Marks – The Real Richard Kelly” Featurette
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Interviews with Editor Omar Daher and Composer Mark Kilian
Deleted Scenes


Product Details

  • Actors: Cedric Sanders, Lauren Holly, Louis Gossett Jr., William Devane, Cory Hardrict
  • Directors: Mark Young
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PAXOOQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,740 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Least Among You" on IMDb

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By J. H. Andrus on June 7, 2010
Format: DVD
I was privileged to see a preview copy of Mark Young's remarkable film about Richard Kelly, the first black to break the color barrier of an all white seminary during the racial unrest of the 1960s. The film is beautifully violent, Christian no doubt in its themes but in no way preachy. The racial context is in fact color blind, speaking to anyone at any time who has ever felt isolated, and in that finds the core of his real being. Every member of the cast shines in a unique way that makes the whole film a stellar tour de force.
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This is my sister's review.

Richard Kelly is serving time in jail having been accused of committing a horrible crime. Although he states his innocence, he has two choices. One of which is attending an all-white seminary. Richard has dreams that doesn't involve preaching, but he finds this choice better than jail.
Very few accept Richard, and as he copes with his new probabtion sentence, he learns that friends he had before seem against him as well. During this time, his mom becomes terribly ill and needs extreme medical care. The doctors first need five thousand dollars to treat her. Can he get through this? Richard faces recurring dreams that he can't seem to understand. He meets "the gardener in the basement," and begins to realize what his purpose in life truly is, and he is a true friend.
While Richard is trying to achieve his goal, he is rejected by many that cannot see past race. He begins to see how much strength he really has mentally. Richard is threatened by the seminary president that if he follows through with his goals, he will be put back into jail.
Find out how this young man handled these situations and trials. This is a very good movie that teaches us that God has control and has His own plans in our lives. In God's eyes everyone is equal and we should see everyone the same as well.

5 stars

*Thanks to Booksneeze for my review copy. This is my honest opinion.
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The set-up that brings Richard to the seminary is quick. After that, we see the many obstacles that he faces as well as the support he receives from Samuel. As Richard meets challenge after challenge, layers of deception and disloyalty are uncovered. In the end, this is a story of redemption and of doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity.

I found the story compelling; the rest of my family had reactions from "Good, not great" to "Do I have to watch this?" My only caveat would be this: because of the theme and some violence, I wouldn't recommend this for younger children. I encouraged my 13-year-old to watch it, but I don't think I'd show it to younger children.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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THIS IS A POWERFUL, INSPIRATIONAL, INSPIRING AND MOVING CHRISTIAN MOVIE WITH LOU GOSSETT, JR.

You know anything he plays in is great, and he does not dissappoint you in this one.

RACISM IN SEMINARY SCHOOL. That statement alone tells you that this has got to be a great movie
and I've got to see this one. Racism in a school where they are teaching students to be
preachers and to love God, keep the Faith and 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'.

This is a MASTERPIECE.

I loved it. Wish I could have given it a 10 rating.
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The year is 1965, the place is an all-white seminary, and the main character, Richard Kelly (Cedric Sanders), is a young black man on probation. He's sent to seminary for 2 semesters as part of his probation....by his mother's recommendation. It's a movie inspired by a true story. And it actually contains all of the angst that happened during that time-frame. Richard Kelly is angry. But Samuel Benton (Louis Gossett, Jr), the school's handyman and gardener, guides young Richard to truth. A professor, Kate Allison (Lauren Holly), at the seminary was a former missionary in The Congo. The president of the seminary encourages Kate to help Richard deal with a hostile culture since she should have an understanding because of her past experiences. Each person is dealing with their own pain and understanding of truth through the movie. The acting is superb and it is a very well-made movie. I'm not sure if I received an edited version, but it appeared that some language may have been used that was edited out.

I was actually 10-years-old in 1965...but even at that young age (and being white), I knew about racism. Since that time, I've come to understand why there was so much anger, but this movie brings even more understanding. And I believe it accurately portrays the feelings on all sides. There were those who were actively racists...those who wanted to extend love to other races...and those who were persecuted. But you just don't expect to find it in a seminary or religious setting.
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This is an excellent DVD. I like movies that are based on true stories and this one didn't disappoint me. "The Least Among You" was set in 1965, It tells the story of Richard Kelly -Cedric Sanders-, he's sent to an all-white seminary for 2 semesters as part of his probation at his mom's suggestion. One person who really helped Richard was a humble caretaker, Samuel Benton-Louis Gossett, Jr- The acting is magnificent.
Kate Allison-Lauren Holly- played a troubled teacher that once was a missionary. She has something in her past that is making her so sad. Parts of this wonderful movie will bring you sadness, joy, tears and leave you in awe.
To me it is so sad that people were treated so badly and it wasn't so long ago either. It should make us think what kind of people were we or are now. This movie will really get you to thinking and tell you even one person can make a difference if you only try.
I highly recommend this for your collection. We watched it twice already and have only had it a couple of days. Wonderful movie with brilliant actors.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive books free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program/BookSneeze. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express are my own. This is true of any book I review for any publisher or author; I will not review books where a positive review is required and I will always express my own opinions of each book received and read.
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