Machine Gun Preacher

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  123 min.
Release Date: September 30, 2011
DVD: June 5, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 4.40
based on 96 votes and 20 reviews
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Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Madeline Carroll, Kathy Baker


When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children.

Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces children to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.

But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA's intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own.

Director: Marc Forster
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): Robbie Brenner, Marc Forster, Deborah Giarratana, Craig Chapman, Gary Safady
Screenplay: Jason Keller

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  • 3 stars "interesting film - Butler is great"
  • 3 stars "tough subject matter, but a good movie. butler gives a great performance."
  • 4 stars "a very powerful movie an performance by gerard butler...thought he deserved more recongition for his superb performance."