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The Apostle

The Apostle

1997
Drama
2h 14m
He was touched by the power and filled with the spirit. A man of faith. A man of the flesh. A man plagued by the darker side of human desire, and rage. Robert Duvall is Sonny, a gifted Southern preacher loved by his community. When Sonny loses control and commits a crime of passion, he is forced to run from the law. Hiding out in the small town of Bayou Boutte, Sonny adopts a new identity and sets out on a new mission ' to find the road to redemption. (Universal)
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The Apostle

1997
Drama
2h 14m
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Rated 11 Jun 2011
78
55th
Duvall's galvanising performance is the centrepiece of unusual drama, which effectively portrays an evangelical preacher seeking redemption. After many film encounters with stereotypically mad or sanctimonious preachers, it is refreshing to see one presented in a mostly positive and affirmative light, even if the extended congregation scenes were a bit much at times for this non-believer. Stellar support work by Richardson and fine work by the remaining cast, negates occasional pacing problems.
Rated 01 Nov 2016
79
57th
The highlight is undoubtedly Duvall's performance, the kind of commanding presence that makes you want to watch from the get go, no matter how you feel about his character. Right from the first scene he shows both the positive and negative sides of his character, setting up the journey he'll take us on seeing him balance devotion and self absorption. It's a very engaging and well paced film, and the only scenes I felt dragged a bit were near the end when I had bought in so it wasn't an issue.
Rated 01 Apr 2007
80
68th
Writer/director/star Duvall makes this a one-man show. It's a good show, though
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
14th
Could have just been me but the foreboding sense of doom (intensified by the intense sudden violence) & waiting for a transformation in character makes this pretty interesting. Then again there's tons of preaching & conversions which go on & on, & what's the point? Fortunately we aren't told.
Rated 01 May 2010
70
51st
The film is, down and out, an amazing acting showcase for Robert Duvall. Maybe the best performance of his career, or at least since Apocalypse Now. It is an interesting character study with very raw, authentic direction, at points. However, the script could have used quite a bit more conflict at times. I really wanted the darker, more hypocritical side of Duvall's character to come out more in the second half of the film for those scenes in the first act were, by far, the film's most powerful.
Rated 27 Aug 2010
33
12th
This is what happens when the same guy writes, directs,and stars: there's nobody to tell him his pacing is too slow and the story needs to be punched up. It's 20 minutes of material stretched out over 2.5 hours. Having heard Duvall interviewed, I'm not convinced this film's acting was that good either; he wasn't acting very much since he believes a certain % of what Sonny does. That aside, let's ask what message this movie is trying to convey. Religious men are not always good? That's cliché.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
70
63rd
well made drama.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
36th
It's always a treat to watch Duvall carry a film in a character study, but he would've been well-served to have someone beside himslef direct him...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
28th
Somewhat interesting, but that's about it.
Rated 05 Jul 2016
40
12th
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Rated 04 Aug 2013
73
55th
For much of this I was convinced that this would end just being kind of a flat film, but Duvall's performance especially during his last sermon makes it better than that. Still, I felt the film could have been better than it was, but it is worth watching at least once for Duvall's performance.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
60
62nd
Good film.
Rated 13 Aug 2012
90
88th
Duvall turns in one of the best performances ever, by anyone. It isn't insulting to religion, but it certainly explores the edges of sincerity and hypocrisy.
Rated 30 Jun 2012
75
59th
The fervor and passion that Duvall puts into 'Sonny' almost makes the viewer tired. Impressive, to say the least. While the film itself lacks any real ebb and flow, the pleasure is mostly from his energy.

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