Gospel Hill 2008

Gospel Hill

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Jack Herrod (Tom Bower), the racist former sheriff of a South Carolina town, is dying of cancer. Decades ago, when a civil rights activist (Samuel L. Jackson) was murdered on Herrod's streets, he neglected to investigate the case. The activist's brother (Danny Glover), now retired, has retreated into solitude and bitterness. His wife (Angela Bassett), however, is prepared to take on the greedy land developers who want to destroy their neighborhood in order to build a golf course.

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Critic Reviews for Gospel Hill

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  • So completely lacking in his eye for revealing detail and his ear for colloquial speech that it feels less like a movie than an incomplete first draft of a well-meaning if unsophisticated essay.

    August 28, 2009 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's a familiar formula: Greedy suits touting high-rise schematics and targeting blue-collar citizens end up locking horns with a local firebrand. Guess who wins?

    August 26, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The potentially thought-provoking concept of historical reconciliation is ill served by a half-baked script that reduces every cliched plot point to jaw-dropping levels of preachiness.

    August 24, 2009 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

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  • A Sunday school parable about the difference between good versus evil. Can I get an Amen?

    August 27, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Subtleties are thin on the ground, but the elements of social injustice, racial tension and character conflicts make the film engaging enough

    March 21, 2009 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to say harsh things about a movie as earnest and well intentioned as Gospel Hill. But we've got to do what we've got to do, now, don't we?

    January 19, 2009 | Rating: 61/100

Audience Reviews for Gospel Hill

  • Jan 07, 2012
    Okay to have on in the background, but not really exciting enough to want to sit and give it your undivided attention. I think I mainly rented this one as Julia Stiles was in it, Is a well acted movie, but never really rises above feeling like a made for tv film.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2010
    It was a little slow, although there was a lot of parts to it that made me constantly curious as to what was going to happen. In the end though, not all that much did happen. It was all happy ending-ness except for little loose ends that never got dealt with. That was rather annoying. I kinda wished it was based on a true story, but I dont think it was. What did this movie teach me? Just because there are a bunch of people with guns, it doesnt mean someone will get shot.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer

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