The Apostle

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The Apostle ★★★ 1997 (PG-13)

No-holds-barred look at one man's search for religious redemption. Eulis Dewey (Duvall) is a devout, middle-aged, Pentecostal preacher in Texas, with a true gift for inspiring his congregation. Unfortunately, he's not so inspiring to his wife Jessie (Fawcett), who's cheating on him with younger minister, Horace (Allen). When Eulis discovers the infidelity, he strikes Horace with a bat, sending the man into a coma. Eulis escapes and winds up in the predominantly black town of Bayou Boutte, Louisiana, having shed his old identity for that of E.F., “The Apostle” of God. He zealously starts up a new church, seeking salvation, but his past comes back to haunt him. 134m/C VHS, DVD . Robert Duvall, Miranda Richardson, Farrah Fawcett, John Beasley, Todd Allen, June Carter Cash, Billy Bob Thornton, Rick Dial, Walton Goggins, Billy Joe Shaver; D: Robert Duvall; W: Robert Duvall; C: Barry Markowitz; M: David Mansfield. Ind. Spirit '98: Actor (Duvall), Director (Duvall), Film; L.A. Film Critics '97: Actor (Duvall); Natl. Soc. Film Critics '97: Actor (Duvall).