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The Apostle
Academy Award® Nominee

Starring Robert Duvall

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Jan 25, 2000
Somebody say "Amen"! Sorry. Just had to get that out of my system before launching into this review. Well, Robert Duvall has once again proved himself to be one of the best actors in the history of film, giving one of the top three performances in an extremely good year for lead male actors. Unfortunately, he failed to prove his mettle at writing and directing. "The Apostle" is held together by Duvall's raw, sizzling, incredibly energetic and animated performance, which is fortunate because without him in this role the rest of the movie is likely to have fallen quite easily into the mediocre category. Duvall's was the only interesting performance in this piece. Billy Bob Thornton's underwritten, stereotyped good ol' boy was disappointing, both in the writing and in the performance. Farrah Fawcett didn't particularly sweep me away either. Miranda Richardson holds her own, but comes across like an amateur in her scenes with Duvall. The direction is pretty much what you'd expect from an inexperienced director. One more thing I can honestly say about this flick: it wasn't the least bit pretentious. Problem is that when you lack pretention, you also lack ambition much of the time, as is the case with this film. Not awful, overall. Go see it at least for Duvall's performance and a lesson on how not to make the jump from career actor to career director.

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Jan 25, 2000
Showing the true sign of some of the most influential movies I have ever seen this one has stayed with me since I first saw it. Immediatelly after viewing the film I was convinced that "the Apostle" was nothing but a Robert Douval festival. After all how seriously can you take a film with Farrah Fawcett in a major role. However, after digesting this movie over a length of time it has become more and more thought provoking. The film really is a masterpiece in character development and craftsmanship. There is little doubt that Douval's portrayol of The Apostle showcases him as an amazing acting talent. While at times the movie seems to drag and hammer home points it always phrases things in subtle but not over powering range of emotions from: humor to saddness and brutallity to compassion. I am at times lost for words when people ask me to describe this film but I can safely say it was an intellectually satisfiying meal.

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Jan 25, 2000
All right, admittedly, Robert Duvall is a wonderful actor. But I have to tell ya, that was not enough to help me through what I thought was one of the most tedious flicks that I have had the misfortune to sit through. I know a lot of people thought it was wonderful. Many people were moved. Maybe you will be too, but personally, I found myself checking my watch just waiting for it to end after the first hour. I'm no saint but I'm also not called to serve God in that capacity. Through most of the movie I couldn't help thinking that the pulpit was the wrong place for this profoundly flawed character. Maybe I hold men of the cloth to too high a standard but if they fall so short of being "Christlike" than how can they justifiably encourage others to be "Christlike". I don't mean to be judgemental here, but wouldn't Christ call his servants to be good examples. After all, how safe are the sheep if the sheepherd is running with the wolves.

Okay, enough of my liturgical views. As I said earlier, maybe you'll like it, but it doesn't need the big screen and if you rent it you can, at least, catch up on some sleep if it effects you as it did me.

I've thought about it and have come to this conclussion. If you can't imagine yourself sitting through two and a half hours of Pentecostal church services you will probubly not like this movie. Otherwise, go for it and enjoy some good acting.

Jan 26, 2004
Robert Duvall gave a powerful performance in "the Apostle."Not only that, but he also directs. In in, he plays a peacher who on the run from the law after a murder. When Duvall gets into his character he stays there. When he peaches the gospal, it electriciflying. With his bible in hand, he gave a lifetime performance worthy of an Oscar performance. Duvall lights up the screen. His acting is his strength. That gave life to a special movie I like to called brilliant. The movie is "the Apostle."

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