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Machine Gun Preacher (2011)



Critic Consensus: There's a complex man at the center of Machine Gun Preacher but the movie is too shapeless and emotionally vacant to bring his story to life.

Movie Info

When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed-in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens. But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA's intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives-and eventually his own. -- (C) Relativity Mediamore
Rating: R (for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jason Keller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2012
Box Office: $0.5M
Relativity Media - Official Site


Gerard Butler
as Sam Childers
Michelle Monaghan
as Lynn Childers
Ryann Campos
as Page #1
Grant R. Krause
as Billy/Contractor
Reavis Graham
as Pastor Krause
Peter Carey
as Bill Wallace
Barbara Coven
as Shannon Wallace
Misty Mills
as Biker Chick
Nicole Sobchack
as Bartender
Sidi Henderson
as Shaved Head
Mike Litaker
as Drifter
Judy Stepanian
as Employment Woman
Peter Tocco
as Mechanic
Inga Wilson
as Mrs. Shields
Bruce Bennett
as Paul Relling
Steve Blackwood
as Bank Manager
Brett Wagner
as Ben Hobbes/Biker
Ava Schroeder
as Hobbes Daughter
Amanda Carlson
as Paige's Friend
Mandalynn Carlson
as Paige's Friend
David Whitesell
as Customs Officer
Richard Goteri
as Pawn Shop Owner
Claudia Rodgers
as Sue/Volunteer
Michele DeSelms
as Newscaster
Rhelma Voraritskul
as Child Singer
Rhema Voraritskul
as Child Singer
Janet Miller
as Church Pianist
Paul Lang
as Prison Clerk
Fana Mokena
as John Carang
Jessica Joffe
as Agnete Closson
Sophie Ayang
as Betty's Helper
Ruley Madriagi
as SPLA Soldier #1
Chris Agwai
as SPLA Soldier #2
Makhaola Ndebele
as SPLA Soldier #3
Jacob Ayuela
as SPLA Dinka Soldier
Jacob Ayuel
as SPLA Dinka Soldier
Tinah Mnumzana
as William's Mother
Themba Ndaba
as William's Father
Kgosi Modisane
as Christopher (12 Year...
Leonard Mahore
as LRA Walking Soldier ...
Warren Masemola
as LRA Commander
Festo Ayume Sanya
as Village Man #1
Jerry Mofokeng
as Administrator
Xolile Gama
as Adult Rebel #1
Masasa Mbangeni
as Lipless Woman
Mandla Gaduka
as SPLA Soldier #1
Marianne Boshof
as Doctor #2
Robert Kuloba
as Male Refugee "Acholi...
Wandile Molebaste
as LRA Commander
Sphelele Mzimela
as LRA Walking Soldier
Tau Maserumula
as LRA Soldier
Sicelo Sithole
as LRA Leader at Bridge
Wandile Mdandla
as Child Rebel #1 at Br...
Sebo Moabelo
as Child Rebel #2 at Br...
Dalton Mdaka
as Agnete's Driver
Jabulani Dube
as LRA Soldier at Camp
Motshwane Mabogoane
as Riverbed Child #1
Motshwane "Jr" Mabog...
as Riverbed Child #1
Lebogang Phoshoko
as Riverbed Child #2
Kagiso Legoadi
as Green Shorts Boy
Hlelo Nhlapo
as Green Shorts Sister
Neo Qwela
as Boy with Soccer Ball...
William Ogbonna
as Boy With Soccer Ball...
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News & Interviews for Machine Gun Preacher

Critic Reviews for Machine Gun Preacher

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (33)

it can be a bit... preachy, if you pardon the pun

Full Review… | July 28, 2013
7M Pictures

With an exploitation-friendly title like Machine Gun Preacher you'd think this movie would be the soul brother of Hobo With A Shotgun. Unfortunately, that is not so.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Despite a competent performance from Butler, Machine Gun Preacher tackles way too much material to present a cohesive onscreen telling of the Sam Childers story.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

It's an uncomfortable marriage of sentimental genre conventions and real-life tragedy shown with graphic detail. It does bring you inside the main character's internal struggle, but doesn't seem focused enough as it sways into action film territory.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

We're given surprisingly little food for thought when it comes to the question of the complicated tensions between Christian faith and violence.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012

With all the talk of "Kony/KONY 2012" wending its way into the culture, this movie gives a vivid picture of who this villain is and why the world should be doing something about him.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for Machine Gun Preacher

Somewhat in the veins of Blood Diamond, this one fared well enough for me, though not as good as Blood Diamond. The cast gave excellent performance, and the execution was good enough to restrain it from becoming too preachy. Being too loud, I didn't like the Hallelujah parts.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Real life stories make for some very good films. Now I've had reservations about seeing Machine Gun Preacher due to the fact that Gerard Butler has made a few duds over the last few years, and his last good films were Gamer and Law Abiding Citizen. For Machine Gun Preacher, Butler goes back to a more serious role as Sam Childers. The film focuses on Childers life and how he went from a criminal to someone trying to find salvation by helping others in need. Childers went to Sudan to help children that were orphaned due to civil war. Although not a flawless film, Machine Gun Preacher is a worthwhile film that is in my opinion quite underrated. Gerard Butler delivers a strong and powerful performance that is quite possibly the best of his career. The film is a mix of action and drama, and director Marc Forster does a good job with the material to capture Childers's life, but considering that he had such a unique life, the film could have been a bit better as well. In terms of a good biopic, this tells a compelling story and it is well acted. Butler redeems himself with this role due to the fact that he played in a few boring and unimpressive chick flicks. I very much enjoyed the film, but there were a few areas where the film could have been better. However there are enough good elements to make this one worth seeing. The film is very good, and is quite eye opening as well. As a whole, it is a flawed film but it is a well executed action drama that delivers something memorable.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


An outstanding movie that packs insanely powerful punch. It`s an inspirational classic of a rebel who found his cause. A genuine human drama that cuts you to the core with its realism and story. An utterly heartbreaking, inspiring and action-packed drama. A riveting, deeply moving and extremely powerful movie. Director, Marc Fosters best film since The Kite Runner, he`s a true artist and craftsman. An absolute triumph. An incredible and unforgettable film that shakes you, shocks you and inspires you. It`s spectacular in every way you can think of and is simply extraordinary. Gerard Butler gives the best performance of his career, an explosive tour de force performance that shines with his movie star caliber. Butler delivers in a massive way that's shows his power, passion, emotion and strength. Michael Shannon and Michelle Monaghan give fine performances. An embracing, compelling and astonishing piece of work. An exhilarating mixture of thrills, explosive action and deeply absorbing drama.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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