God's Army (2000)




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Richard Dutcher writes, produces, directs, and stars in this fish-out-of-water religious drama about Mormons pounding the streets of Hollywood, looking to save a couple of souls. A small town elder journeys to the big city and joins a missionary group led by the gruff Marcus Dalton (Dutcher). Together, they go door-to-door trying to convert people to their faith, Mormonism. Just when he's about to hang up his necktie and starched white shirt, he learns of the hardships that the others have endured -- Marcus has cancer, Banks, an African-American Mormon, was disowned by his family, and others have been harassed by nefarious anti-Mormon intellectuals. Soon, the young man learns that the first person he needs to convert is himself.
PG (adult situations)
Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Jacque Gray
as Sister Fronk
Michael Buster
as Kinegar
Luis Robledo
as Sandoval
Jeff Kelly
as Mangum
John Pentecost
as Beecroft
Lynn Carr
as Sister Beecroft
Kelli Coleman
as Sister Monson
Anthony Anselmi
as Elder Harmer
Todd Davis
as Elder Stokes
Peter Jackson
as Elder Downey
Seamus Hurley
as Elder Rex
Fawn Perez
as Laura
Louie Olivos Jr.
as Laura's Father
Lance Johnson
as Brother Rose
Erica Clare
as Sindy
Dominique Dumas
as Jenna's Boy
Jeremiah Dumas
as Jenna's Boy
Eli Dutcher
as Tim's Kid
Kiki Kehoe
as Tim's Kid
Paul Downey
as Paramedic
Albert Cabrera
as Ambulance Driver
Gwen Ducther
as Sexy Mormon Lady
Ethan Dutcher
as Beach Kid
Lucas Dutcher
as Beach Kid
Sherri Boysza
as Dragon Lady
Jim Thiel
as Bathroom Man
Cody Rosenberg
as Coroner
Lance Schmidt
as Mortician
James Powell
as Gene Dalton
Cade Kleven
as Little Pop
A.J. Desveaux
as Little Pop
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February 7, 2001
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Audience Reviews for God's Army

Good, but not in the same ballpark as Dutcher's latter two films. There are small moments and scenes--a missionary waiting at the bus stop to go home, several conversations while tracting, lunch at a favorite restaurant--that capture marvelously the workaday routine of LDS missionary lifestyle. Dutcher's need for some sort of life-changing plot, however, gets in the way in a big way.

Davey Morrison Dillard
Davey Morrison Dillard

Many real-life Mormons quibble over the improbabilities and downright inaccuracies regarding missionary procedure and behavior that abound this shoestring budgeted indie drama; I for one have always allotted greater value to the quality of a film than the accuracy. There are several significant problems with GOD'S ARMY, but they are outdone by the soulful ambition and heartfelt sincerity. In this film, director Richard Dutcher is only beginning, and his talent shows greater polish in later films. It's basically a Mormon missionary soap opera, and melodrama is where the film slips up most often, with strain on credulity at times and some overblown drama, but the themes of spirituality and crises of faith are very insightful, and though perceived through the prism of Mormonism, they relevant to all people of faith. Unfortunately, in spite of all it has to offer them, it is not likely to do much for orthodox Mormons because such viewers are prone to relate it to real life and stress over issues of representation. However, with an elementary knowledge of Mormons, non-Mormons may find much edification and insight, as well as for liberal Mormons.

J Brigham Holladay
J Brigham Holladay

God`s Army is one of the movies that bores me alot. I tried to watch the sequels and still not happy.

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