The Apostle (1997)
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Devout Pentecostal preacher Eulis "Sonny" Dewey (Robert Duvall) of New Boston, Texas, has a lovely wife (Farrah Fawcett) and two children. But not only has Jessie been cheating on him with a younger minister, Horace (Todd Allen), she has pulled a few strings to gain control of his church. Sonny goes into a violent rage, attacking Horace with a bat during a softball game. With Horace in a coma, Sonny leaves town on a bus, headed east for a new life. He changes his name to E.F., baptizing himself
Jan 30, 1998 Wide
Aug 18, 1998
New Films International
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A labor of love coming to fruition after 13 years, this is Robert Duvall's third and best directorial effort, a sharply observed exploration of a preacher who embarks on a redemption odyssey after committing a crime.
I cannot recall a movie so dominated by the performance of one actor (Robert Duvall) as this one.
Some kind of acting miracle ... One doesn't have to be a churchgoer, or even a Christian, to be moved by the power of Duvall's great performance.
... may be the most unapologetic, intimate portrayal of a religious man in the history of American cinema.
Disturbing but thought-provoking depiction of genuine faith coexisting with sin and carnality like the troubling fiction of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Flannery O'Connor, a vindication of belief without being a vindication of every believer.
Robert Duvall, writer, director, producer, and star of The Apostle, absolutely seethes with the character of Sonny Dewey (alias Apostle E.F.) in this, perhaps the best performance of his career.
Nobody's perfect, but this movie's pretty darned close in its subtle telling of a Godly man from the south on his quest for conviction.
...introduces one of the most complex and naturalistic characters ever to appear on screen.
A highly engaging drama about the fall and redemption of a Pentecostal preacher from Texas.
Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall has directed, produced, and wrote what very well may be the most intensifying, gut-wrenching, powerful and complexed movies that has hit the big screen in ages
Duvall's integrity and intelligence shine through his movie and his performance.
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