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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. »


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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Machine Gun Preacher is rated R: for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality.

Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon
Studio: 2011 Relativity Media / Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Website: Official site for Machine Gun Preacher.

Detailed Review

Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) is a real life individual who, according to the official website for this movie, is credited for saving the lives of hundreds of kidnapped and… 
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Why Is Machine Gun Preacher Rated R?

Violence: Frequent depictions of violence with guns, knives, land mines and other weapons include some… 
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In the closing credits the"real” Sam asks the question (paraphrased), “If someone were to kidnap… 
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