The Apostle
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Devout Pentecostal preacher Eulis "Sonny" Dewey (Robert Duvall) of New Boston, Texas, has a lovely wife (Farrah Fawcett) and two children. But not only has Jessie been cheating on him with a younger minister, Horace (Todd Allen), she has pulled a few strings to gain control of his church. Sonny goes into a violent rage, attacking Horace with a bat during a softball game. With Horace in a coma, Sonny leaves town on a bus, headed east for a new life. He changes his name to E.F., baptizing himself as "The Apostle" to God. Arriving in the black community of Bayou Boutte,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A labor of love coming to fruition after 13 years, this is Robert Duvall's third and best directorial effort, a sharply observed exploration of a preacher who embarks on a redemption odyssey after committing a crime."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Some kind of acting miracle ... One doesn't have to be a churchgoer, or even a Christian, to be moved by the power of Duvall's great performance."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"There are scattered inspired moments throughout this two-and-a-half hour epic but, like many actor-directors, Duvall is so in love with his material -- and his star -- that he just can't say 'cut.'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It's a sin to miss 'The Apostle.'"
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A highly engaging drama about the fall and redemption of a Pentecostal preacher from Texas."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Shocking in its unbridled, electrifying energy and raw emotion."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"... may be the most unapologetic, intimate portrayal of a religious man in the history of American cinema."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Disturbing but thought-provoking depiction of genuine faith coexisting with sin and carnality… like the troubling fiction of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Flannery O'Connor, a vindication of belief without being a vindication of every believer."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Nobody's perfect, but this movie's pretty darned close in its subtle telling of a Godly man from the south on his quest for conviction."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall has directed, produced, and wrote what very well may be the most intensifying, gut-wrenching, powerful and complexed movies that has hit the big screen in ages"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"I cannot recall a movie so dominated by the performance of one actor (Robert Duvall) as this one."
‑ Gary Brown, Houston Community Newspapers
"As the charismatic Sonny, Duvall brilliantly shouts the praises of Jesus."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Robert Duvall, writer, director, producer, and star of The Apostle, absolutely seethes with the character of Sonny Dewey (alias Apostle E.F.) in this, perhaps the best performance of his career."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"...introduces one of the most complex and naturalistic characters ever to appear on screen."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This is great performance, but alas, not a great movie."
‑ Eric Lurio,
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