Plot & Details
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. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, 'Machine Gun Preacher' also stars Michelle Monaghan 'Due Date), Kathy Baker ('Cold Mountain'), Madeline Carroll ('Mr. Popper's Penguins'), Academy Award nominated Michael Shannon ('Revolutionary Road') and Souleymane Sy Savane ("Damages").
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Action,Drama,War
- Run Time: 123min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 09/23/2011
- DVD Release Date: 06/05/2012
- Distributor(s): Relativity Media
- Director(s): Marc Forster
- Starring: Gerard Butler , Michelle Monaghan , Kathy Baker , Madeline Carroll , Michael Shannon
- Themes: Obsessive Quests,Political Unrest
- Tone: Confrontational,Downbeat,Forceful,Rousing,Visceral
- Keywords: Sudanese [nationality], army, biker, child-soldier, drug-dealer, militia, orphanage, refugee
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (09-23-2011)
- Language: English