Gospel Hill (2008)

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Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, and Samuel L. Jackson headline actor-turned-director Giancarlo Esposito's ensemble drama about a small southern town still haunted by a racially motivated murder that occurred there thirty years prior. Civil rights activist Peter Malcolm (Jackson) was at the peak of his popularity when he was ruthlessly gunned down in the streets of Gospel Hill. Thirty years later, no one has ever been accused of the crime, and Peter's brother John (Glover) has withdrawn from the community to ponder the full weight of his brother's unfulfilled mission in solitude. As John sinks ever deeper into a bottomless sea of despair, his wife Sarah (Bassett), an outspoken community activist, campaigns tirelessly against a ruthless band of developers seeking to transform Gospel Hill into a golfer's paradise. Realizing the futility of convincing her listless husband to help fight such an arduous battle, Sarah instead turns to newly arrived Gospel Hill schoolteacher Rosie (Stiles) for support. Later, as Rosie's budding romance with the son of Gospel Hill's notoriously bigoted sheriff thrusts her right into the middle of the town's long-running dispute, the developer's plan to pave over the past forces the locals to finally confront the ghosts that have haunted them for the past three decades. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating: NR
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Giancarlo Esposito
Written By: Jeffrey Pratt Gordon , Jeff Stacy
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:

Cast

Danny Glover
as John Malcolm
Angela Bassett
as Sarah Malcolm
Giancarlo Esposito
as Dr. Palmer
Samuel L. Jackson
as Peter Malcolm
Adam Baldwin
as Carl Herrod
Tom Bower
as Jack Herrod
Taylor Kitsch
as Joel Herrod
Nia Long
as Mrs. Palmer
Chuck Bibby
as Dr. Owens
Corinne Biazzo
as Waitress
Jason Downs
as Tommy Duncan
Chris Ellis
as L. Don Murray
Trey Greene
as Young Jack Herrod
Linwood Gurley
as Council Meeting Attendee
Christy Johnson
as Sarah's Cadre
Azariah Jones
as DeeDee
The Rza
as Lonnie
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Critic Reviews for Gospel Hill

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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
New York Times
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | August 26, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 24, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
Sly Fox

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

Full Review… | August 26, 2009
Sly Fox

Subtleties are thin on the ground, but the elements of social injustice, racial tension and character conflicts make the film engaging enough

Full Review… | March 20, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Gospel Hill

½

A well intentioned movie with mild results. Good enough for the story and a good performance by Danny Glover.

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris

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 Marie
Nicki Marie
½

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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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