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"Machine Gun Preacher" is a movie that tells the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds his unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in war-torn Sudan. Gerard Butler ("300") delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster's ("Monster's Ball," "The Kite Runner") moving story of violence and redemption.

When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region's vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it's most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces children to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.

But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA's intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, heleads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own. An explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, "Machine Gun Preacher" also stars Michelle Monaghan ("Source Code"), Kathy Baker ("Cold Mountain"), Madeline Carroll ("Mr. Popper's Penguins"), Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road") and Souleymane Sy Savane ("Damages").

The script is written by Jason Keller ("Relativity's Untitled Snow White Project"). Producers are Marc Forster, Robbie Brenner ("A Perfect Getaway"), Gary Safady, Craig Chapman ("Highland Park") and Deborah Giarratana ("2012"). Director of photography is Roberto Schaefer ("Finding Neverland"). Editor is Matt Chesse ("Finding Neverland"). Production designer is Philip Messina ("The Last Airbender"). Costume designer is Frank L. Fleming ("The Kite Runner)." Jillian Kugler ("Quantum of Solace") is associate producer. Douglas Saylor Jr. ("Main Street") is co-producer. Executive producers are Gerard Butler, Michael Corso ("13"), Kyle Dean Jackson ("The Divide"), Myles Nestel ("Conviction"), Louise Rosner ("Fracture"), Alan Siegel ("Law Abiding Citizen"), Adi Shankar ("Main Street"), Spencer Silna ("Main Street") and Bradford Simpson ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid").


Runtime: 127 mins.
Release Date: September 23, 2011
Tagline: Hope is the greatest weapon of all
Distributor: Relativity Media
Production Companies:
Virgin Produced
Safady Entertainment
GG Filmz
1984 PDC
Mpower Pictures
ITS Capital
Merlina Entertainment

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