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Saving God

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After serving 15 years for manslaughter, reformed pastor Armstrong Cane (Ving Rhames, Day of the Dead, Idlewild) is ready to make amends with the neighborhood he abandoned. Returning to his late father's preaching ground, the First Community Church of God, he reaches out to Norris, a young, troubled dealer on the path to self-destruction. With Armstrong's guidance, Norris wants out, but is threatened with his life by drug boss Blaze (Dean McDermott, Kiss the Bride) if he quits. When Armstrong is pressured by another pastor (Ricardo Chavira, Desperate Housewives) to sell the church, their chances of building a new life seem slim. Together, the two strive to escape their dark pasts, and to reclaim a brighter future.

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"Leaves Your Heart Singing and Your Spirit Soaring!" --Onewayfilms

"Grit Meets Grace! The Street Meets its Match in Faith, Hope and Pastor Cane!" --Myles Holmes, TCT

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ving Rhames, Dean McDermott, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Genelle Williams, Kate Todd
  • Directors: Duane Crichton
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DF67ZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saving God" on IMDb

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Saving God is a RARE movie in that it not only has a good story with a great message but the acting is great! I'm one of those Christians who watches Christian movies with the feeling that I'm being dragged across nails to stand the low budget and poor acting. Even some of the best ones were difficult in the acting department.

Saving God is a BIG step up from the others. The story is not a typical little feel good story like many. It is a story of struggles and not only struggles with non believers but struggles with believers as well. It doesn't paint a false picture of perfection of those who are saved. It simply shows the truth which is that we are born sinners who still have struggles and only thrive in the fact that we are made clean by the blood of Christ.

Not only is the story good but the acting is superb. I couldn't believe I was watching a Christian movie. Rhames was outstanding to say the least. No, the other actors aren't up to his level but unlike other Christian films, they are not only tolerable but enjoyable.

In the end there are many messages in Saving God. I've already used a scene or two for my teaching. I think there are 10 or so scenes that one could use to show great examples of different views into what is going on in the world today (real life!) and how we should deal with them.

Compared to all movies this would still get a 4 out of 5 stars but as a cheap Christian film it easily gets 5 stars. I just wonder why there wasn't more advertising on this one. They really missed their chance to let people know how much they are missing if they don't watch this movie.
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This movie had some good points and good acting. They did show how God can turn anyone's life around. No one is beyond God's Grace. Yet, where the movie fell flat was the "Christian couple" that was friends with Norris and his girlfriend. They preached it, yet they didn't quite live it. They weren't married and they were having sex...yet the movie made it seem like it was all right because they were "faithful" to each other. Come on...that's not Biblical. It could have been a very good movie...but this one point really blew it for me.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this moving, realistic movie that has a message that is timely and relevant. I agree with the reviewer who mentioned that it doesn't matter if a movie has "secular" actors. The term secular has become such a dirty word among so-called Christians. I am a born again, Bible-Believing Christian myself, but it really saddens me to hear my fellow Brothers & Sisters in the Lord be so narrow and bigoted.

This film is so touching and well made and extremely well acted. Ving Rhames was also executive producer, so this may be a clue to where is heart really is these days.

Whether you are a believer or not, please give this wonderful film a try!

In Jesus' Name
Kelly Perkins
Tyler, TX
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I bought this movie because Ving Rhames starred. Ving plays a Pastor. Pastor done something in his pass but was saved and born again. He goes back to his old neighborhood, where drugs are being sold by his late father's Church. Pastor meets this older teenager boy and wants to help him get out of his drug selling job but his boss (Dealer King) has something to say about it. Good story, some action, intense scenes, a twist at the end.
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Excellent faith moving film! I agree - ignore the negative commentary. My husband and I pastor a church and we only watch Christian films and programming. Ving Rhames performance was truly convincing to the point that if I didn't know that he was acting, I wouldn't know. In addition, I truly appreciate Mr. Rhames's frame of mind and the commentary he gave concerning making the film and his humbleness of heart and spirit. Mr. Rhames, if you read this, please act in more Christian films and God bless the entire group of actors/actresses, producers and everyone that was involved in the creation of this project including the script writer. The Lord Jesus Christ meant for this film to be made. Who has an opportunity to present a script to a veteran actor at an airport who takes it seriously?
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This isn't one of those super cheesy "D" class Christian themed movies...

It's a good movie with a well transitioned plot which shows the viewers how forgiveness and faith can win over vengeance and violence.
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I'm a HUGE Ving Rhames fan! I've seen him play a drag queen, thug, ruthless boxer and many more characters. He is a true actor because he is not afraid to take his career to the next level by taking on a multitude of characters.

Saving God, Mr. Armstrong Cane just released from a 15 year bid upstate. Life has changed for him drastically, from the streets to the pulpit. His true goal is bringing people to God from all walks of life. He thinks his first assignment is to restore his fathers church and bring in the people. However, God gave him another assignment, to help Norris a small time street thug regain his life. Very good story!

If you are looking for another drama of this sort check out Cuba Gooding Jr in Life as a King, it's based on a true story.
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