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Still shot from the movie: Machine Gun Preacher.

Machine Gun Preacher

Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) leaves his past life of crime and substance abuse behind, in order to follow God. His new path takes him to Sudan, Africa where he uses some of his former skills to rescue and protect orphaned children who are being forced to become soldiers. This movie is based on a true story. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 103
Theater Release: 14 Oct 2011
Video Release: 05 Jun 2012
MPAA Rating: R
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

In the closing credits the"real” Sam asks the question (paraphrased), “If someone were to kidnap your daughter and I could get her back to you, would you care what methods I used to ensure her safety?” How would you answer this question? Are there times when violence is justified? An aid worker in the movie tells Sam there are too many guns in Africa already and he shouldn’t be employing violent methods to attempt to save children. Do you agree or disagree? Where is the balance in this equation?

The real Sam Childers and his wife Lynn have established an organization called Angels of East Africa.

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About the Reviewer: Rod Gustafson

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