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Machine Gun Preacher | 2011 | Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan

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Machine Gun Preacher | 2011 | Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan

Gerard Butler stars in Marc Forster’s violent, fact-based drama about a substance-addicted criminal who finds God and relocates to Sudan to offer his own idiosyncratic brand of Christian charity. The film initially portrays Sam Childers (Butler) as being a far from nice man: a misogynistic biker whose life is steeped in crime, narcotics and violence, and who quickly returns to armed robbery almost as soon as he’s released from jail.
But while he was inside, his wife Lynn (Michelle Monaghan) found Jesus, and, after Sam gets stabbed, she urges him to join her at church. Sam subsequently has his own Damascene moment and starts life afresh, founding his own (legitimate) construction company. Before long he has also built his own church. But it’s only after a trip to Sudan, where he witnesses the devastation wrought by the marauding Lord’s Resistance Army, that he truly becomes driven.
Relocating to the African country, he sets up a faith-based centre to care for victims of the LRA’s violence and rape. And also takes up arms to literally fight the good fight….

cast
Gerard Butler as Sam Childers
Michelle Monaghan as Lynn
Kathy Baker as Daisy
Richard Goteri as Pawn Shop Owner
Peter Carey as Bill Wallace
Barbara Coven as Shannon Wallace
Michael Shannon as Donnie
Ryann Campos as Paige #1
Madeline Carroll as Paige #2
Mandalynn Carlson as Paige’s Friend
Souleymane Sy Savane as Deng
Abena Ayivor as Betty
Grant R. Krause as Billy / Contractor
Reavis Graham as Pastor Krause
Justin Michael Brandt as Teenage Boy
Misty Mills as Biker Chick
Nicole Michele Sobchack as Bartender
Sidi Henderson as Shaved Head
Steve Blackwood as Bank Manager
Judy Stepanian as Employment Woman
Peter Tocco as Mechanic
Brett Wagner as Ben Hobbes / Biker
Sean Patrick Leonard as Crackhead
Paul Lang as Prison Clerk
Wandile Molebatsi as LRA Commander
Warren Masemola as LRA Commander
Mulweli Muofhe as Anthony
Lebogang Phoshoko as Riverbed Child
Anthony Bishop as Dan
Jerry Mofokeng as Administrator
Warona Seane as Rose
Corey Large as American Businessman (uncredited)
crew
Director: Marc Forster
US | 129 minutes | 2011

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