The Apostle | 1997

Drama
A Southern preacher teaches redemption to a small town and conquers his own demons.
Director: Robert Duvall
Writers: Robert Duvall
Awards: 1 Oscar nomination. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Euliss 'Sonny' Dewey

Actor

... Jessie Dewey

Actor

... Horace

Actor

... Brother Blackwell

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... Mrs Dewey Sr

Actor

... Sam

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... Joe

Actor

... Troublemaker

Actor

... Toosie

Actor

... Tag Team Preacher No 3

Actor

... Female Sonny Supporter

Actor

... Mother Blackwell

Actor

Company

Butchers Run Films

Production Company

Good Machine

Production Company

Howard Anderson Company

Production Company

Nina Saxon Film Design

Production Company

Synopsis

After learning that his wife is sleeping with another man of the cloth, Euliss "Sonny" Dewey, a popular Pentecostal preacher of deep spiritual convition, commits a crime of passion and thusly, is forced to abandon his home, family, and church. Destroying all traces of his true identity, he takes to the road, dubs himself "The Apostle," and attempts to start life over. Following a long-standing tradition in Southern storytelling, and evoking such forebears as William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, Euliss reinvents himself as the archetypal mysterious stranger who resurfaces in a poor black town where he tries to redeem himself by helping the congregation build a church. And during his tenancy in the small town, he manages to transform both its inhabitants and himself.

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