• Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

Machine Gun Preacher

Release Date: September 23rd, 2011

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2012

R |2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary

Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), a former biker, decides to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war. Transformed by the horrors he sees, Sam ignores the warnings of more experienced aide workers and breaks ground for an orphanage in the heart of territory controlled by a brutal renegade militia. But establishing a shelter is not enough; determined to save as many lives as possible, Sam leads armed missions into enemy territory to rescue kidnapped children.

Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Kathy Baker, Souléymane Sy Savané, Madeline Carroll, Ryann Campos, Grant R. Krause

Director: Marc Forster

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: GG Filmz, Relativity, Apparatus, Safady Entertainment

Keywords: Inspiring , 2000s , Emotional , 1990s , Underdog , Wife , Sacrifice , Rescue ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    One can't escape the nagging feeling that the film doesn't dig deeply enough into its real-life hero. The film doesn't explore all those "whys" and "whats." show more

  • 50
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    By the end of Machine Gun Preacher, its title character has become a cartoon. show more

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The failure lies not with the film's director, Marc Forster, nor with its impressive star, Gerard Butler, but with Jason Keller's dreadfully earnest script, which charts the hero's spiritual journey, and his Rambo-esque exploits, without offering a scintilla of mature perspective on his state of mind. show more

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Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture