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Still shot from the movie: Beyond the Gates of Splendor.

Beyond the Gates of Splendor

This documentary tells the true story of five American Christian missionaries whose death brought new life to a primitive tribe living in the jungles of Ecuador. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 96
Theater Release: 27 Jan 2005
Video Release: 03 Oct 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Date: 4 October 2005
This DVD’s only bonus feature is a theatrical trailer for The End of the Spear, an up-and-coming dramatic adaptation of this true story. However, if you are interested in knowing more about the documentary, the Waodani and the missionary families, check the Internet where the producers of the film have put together a very informative website: www.beyondthegatesthemovie.com/

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