Review: The Apostle (1998)

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Director/Writer:Robert Duvall
Director of Photography:Barry Markowitz
Editor:Steve Mack
Music:David Mansfield
Production Designer:Linda Burton
Producer:Rob Carliner
October Films; PG-13; 148 minutes
Cast:Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Miranda Richardson, John Beasley, June Carter Cash and Billy Bob Thornton

Duvall literally bet the farm on this film, which he directed and starred in. He financed the film himself, after the studios rejected him. The bet paid off. Not only was it a critical and art-house hit, The Apostle landed him a Best Actor Oscar nomination. Sonny Dewey (Duvall) is a fire-and-brimstone Texas Pentecostal preacher whose enthusiasm is seen as a threat by many of his parishioners. Dewey has devoted his life to his parish, at the expense of his wife (Fawcett), who leaves him for another man. Dewey erupts in a jealous rage and commits an unthinkably violent crime. To save himself, he fakes his own death and hits the road. He ends up in a black Louisiana community where he becomes The Apostle and sets out to build a new church and find redemption. A superb, complex film.

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