The Apostle


2h 28m 1997

Brief 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

Film Details

Also Known As
Aposteln, Apostle, Predicateur
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Religion
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Butchers Run Films; Howard Anderson Company; Nina Saxon Film Design; October Films
Distribution Company
CINEPLEX ODEON FILMS/OCTOBER FILMS; Arthaus (Norway); Bim Distribuzione; Cineplex Odeon Films; Cineplex Odeon Films; Filmauro Distribuzione; Lauren Films; Les Films De L'Elysee; October Films; Rialto Films; Skifan Hf; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Louisiana, USA; Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 28m

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.

Cast

Robert Duvall

Euliss 'Sonny' Dewey

Farrah Fawcett

Jessie Dewey

Todd Allen

Horace

John Beasley

Brother Blackwell

June Carter Cash

Mrs Dewey Sr

Walton Goggins

Sam

Billy Joe Shaver

Joe

Billy Bob Thornton

Troublemaker

Miranda Richardson

Toosie

Brother Paul Bagget

Tag Team Preacher No 3

Lenore Banks

Female Sonny Supporter

Mary Lynette Braxton

Mother Blackwell

Brett Brock

Helper

Christopher Canady

Sister Johnson'S Twin

Christian Canady

Sister Johnson'S Twin

Elizabeth Chisolm

Singer

Brother William Atlas Cole

Bayou Man

Reverend Frank Collins

Soloist No 4

Prophet Carl D Cook

Civic Auditorium Preacher

Naomi Craig

Scripture Reader

Wayne Dehart

Liquor Store Preacher

Rick Dial

Elmo

Jan Fawcett

Needy Receiver No 2

James Ivey Gleason

Young Priest

Reverend Chili Graham

Tag Team Preacher No 5

Reverend Bobby Green

Tag Team Preacher No 1

Stuart Greer

Texas State Trooper

John E Hawkins

Sonny Supporter No 1

Hunter Hayes

Child Accordionist

Reverend Daniel Hickman

Flashback Preacher

Emery Hopkins

Virgil

Brenda B Jackson

Faith Healer No 2

Sister Jewell Jernigan

Sister Jewell

Reverend Charles Johnson

Tag Team Preacher No 2

Julie Johnson

Baptism Soloist

Vera Kemp

Faith Healer No 1

Joseph Lindsey

Soloist No 1

Sharon K London

Church Woman

Zelma Loyd

Sister Johnson

Fernie E Mcmillan

Doctor

Jimmie J Meaux

Church Member No 2

L Christian Mixon

Bodyguard

Richard Nance

Church Man No 2

Douglas Perry

Louisiana State Trooper

Harold Potier

Coronet George

Kevin Rankin

Young Man In Car

Pat Ratcliff

Accident Witness

Jay Robicheaux

Sonny (Age 12)

Terence Rosemore

Man Saying 'Amen'

Joyce Jolivet Starks

Sister Delilah

Christina Stojanovich

Jessie Jr

Nicholas Stojanovich

Bobbie

Ronnie Stutes

Needy Receiver

Ruby Francis Terry

Soloist/Choir Director

Graham Timbles

Church Man No 1

James B Towry

Nosey Neighbour

Renée Victor

Latin Translator

Reverend Jesse Waldrop

Sonny Support No 2

Reverend Steve White

Tag Team Preacher No 4

Sister Fay Winn

Tag Team Preacher No 5

Melete Woods

Soloist No 3

Margaret Oliver Coleman

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

Sharon Denise Dickerson

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

Erica Lynn Duncan

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

Sondra Jackson Green

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

David Henderson

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

Parla J Johnson

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

Donna Siddiqui

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

Tami Boaz Skelton

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

Rachel V Stevenson

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

Gretchen Louise Watts

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Member

Pastor Jerry H Skelton

Fountain Of The Living Word Church Dallas--Texas Choir Organist

David Mansfield

Performer

Crew

Steve C. Aaron

Sound Mixer

Peter Afterman

Music Supervisor

Irfan Akdag

Art Director

Alicia Allain

Hair Stylist

Carol Banker

Script Supervisor

Mark Berger

Other

Maurice Berzas

Song ("Eunice Waltz")

Leslie Bloome

Foley Artist

Steven Brown

Co-Producer

Steven Brown

Coproducer

Albert E Brumley

Song ("I'Ll Fly Away")

Linda Burton

Production Designer

Rob Carliner

Producer

June Carter Cash

Song Performer ("Waitin' On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan")

Steven Curtis Chapman

Song

Steven Curtis Chapman

Song Performer ("I Will Not Go Quietly")

Kyrsten Mate Comoglio

Sound Effects Editor

Melissa Cummins Lorenz

2nd Assistant Director

Alicia Dollard

Key Hairstylist

Stephanie Dupuy

Location Coordinator

Robert Duvall

Screenwriter

Robert Duvall

Song Performer ("There Ain'T No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)")

Robert Duvall

Executive Producer

Claude Ely

Song ("There Ain'T No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down)")

Chris Farren

Song Performer ("You Didn'T Have To Say It, Out Loud")

Chris Farren

Song

Taylor M. Favale

Unit Production Manager

Malcolm Fife

Sound Effects Editor

Steven Fontano

Foley Mixer

Lily Gart

Key Makeup Artist

Dan Gellert

Other

Allison Gordin

Key Makeup Artist

David Grissom

Song ("What Passes For Love")

Doug Hall

Costume Designer

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Stephen Hart

Foley Mixer

Jerome F. Holway

Camera Operator

Jerome F. Holway

Steadicam Operator

Jeff Hutchinson

Supervisor

Sharre Jacoby

Post-Production Supervisor

Dea Jensen

Set Decorator

Ethan Jensen

Stunt Coordinator

Cathy Johnson

Song ("The Bible Rap Song")

Lori Johnson

Set Decorator

Ed Johnston

Associate Producer

Ed Johnston

Casting

Cornela Jones

Song ("The Bible Rap Song")

Eddie Lejeune

Song ("Bayou Pon Pon")

Patty Loveless

Song Performer ("Two Coats")

Lyle Lovett

Song Performer ("(I'M A) Soldier In The Army Of The Lord")

Stephen J Mack

Editor

Mel Mallory

Song ("Handwriting On The Wall" "What'S It All About")

David Mansfield

Music

Barry Markowitz

Dp/Cinematographer

Barry Markowitz

Camera Operator

Barry Markowitz

Director Of Photography

Virginia Mccollam

Location Manager

Rob Mcentegart

Executive

D L Menard

Song ("Bayou Pon Pon")

Louis Shaw Milito

Assistant Director

Maime Mitchell

Script Supervisor

Marnie Moore

Foley Artist

John Nutt

Supervising Sound Editor

David Parker

Other

Lisa Parmet

Costume Supervisor

Dolly Parton

Song

Dolly Parton

Song Performer ("Shine On")

Frank Rinella

Foley Mixer

Chad Rosen

Assistant Director

Renee Rousselot

Casting

Brian Ruberg

Adr Services

Randy Sharp

Song ("You Didn'T Have To Say It, Out Loud")

Ken Smith

Song

Ken Smith

Song ("Bayou Pon Pon")

Sharo Smith

Music Editor

Terry Smith

Song ("Waitin' On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan")

Fred Soileau

Song ("Eunice Waltz")

Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Song Performer ("Eunice Waltz")

Elizabeth Wendel

Associate Music Supervisor

Eli Wilson

Children'S Choir Director

Eli Wilson

Song ("The Bible Rap Song")

Peter H Wilson

Location Manager

Peter Wilson

Location Manager

Margaret Yen

Assistant (To Music Supervisor)

Film Details

Also Known As
Aposteln, Apostle, Predicateur
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Drama
Religion
Release Date
1997
Production Company
Butchers Run Films; Howard Anderson Company; Nina Saxon Film Design; October Films
Distribution Company
CINEPLEX ODEON FILMS/OCTOBER FILMS; Arthaus (Norway); Bim Distribuzione; Cineplex Odeon Films; Cineplex Odeon Films; Filmauro Distribuzione; Lauren Films; Les Films De L'Elysee; October Films; Rialto Films; Skifan Hf; StudioCanal; Studiocanal; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Location
Louisiana, USA; Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 28m

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1997
Robert Duvall

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 1997 award for Best Actor (Robert Duvall) from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1997 award for Lifetime Achievement (Robert Duvall) from the National Board of Review.

Released in United States Winter December 17, 1997

Limited Release in United States January 30, 1998

Expanded Release in United States February 6, 1998

Expanded Release in United States February 13, 1998

Released in United States on Video August 18, 1998

Released in United States 1997

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States November 1998

Released in United States 1999

Shown at New York Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.

Shown at Heartland Film Festival (Exclusive Screening) in Indianapolis, Indiana October 21-27, 1998.

Shown at Turin Film Festival (Americana II) November 20-29, 1998.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (main program) January 27 - February 7, 1999.

One day of 2nd unit photography took place in Texas.

October Films acquired worldwide distribution rights at the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival for a reported $5 million.

Began shooting September 9, 1996.

Completed shooting October 26, 1996.

Released in United States Winter December 17, 1997

Limited Release in United States January 30, 1998

Expanded Release in United States February 6, 1998

Expanded Release in United States February 13, 1998

Released in United States on Video August 18, 1998

Released in United States 1997 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 26 - October 12, 1997.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Heartland Film Festival (Exclusive Screening) in Indianapolis, Indiana October 21-27, 1998.)

Released in United States November 1998 (Shown at Turin Film Festival (Americana II) November 20-29, 1998.)

Winner of the 1997 award for Best Actor (Robert Duvall) from the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (main program) January 27 - February 7, 1999.)