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Mercy Streets (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Crime | 31 October 2000 (USA)
Estranged twin brothers - one a con man, the other an Episcopal deacon - accidentally switch places... and find God in the process.

Director:

Jon Gunn

Writers:

Jon Gunn, John W. Mann (as John Mann)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Rome
David A.R. White ... John / Jeremiah
Cynthia Watros ... Sam
Shiek Mahmud-Bey Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Tex
Lawrence Taylor ... Dan
Stacy Keach ... Tom
Robert LaSardo ... TJ
Lisa Furst Lisa Furst ... Sunny
Kevin Downes ... Peter
Koji Kataoka ... Takashi
Robert Lyon Rasner ... Concerned Passerby
Brian C. Bennetts Brian C. Bennetts ... Concerned Driver
John W. Mann ... Harry (as John Mann)
Jon Gunn ... Accident Victim
Michael Villani ... Sergeant Griffin
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Storyline

Estranged twin brothers - one a con man, the other an Episcopal deacon - accidentally switch places... and find God in the process.

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Taglines:

One con out to save his million dollar scam, one priest out to save his only brother See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Signal Hill Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La calle del perdón See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,607, 5 November 2000

Gross USA:

$171,988
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Signal Hill Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Rome confronts John in the alley, Rome lowers the gun in one shot; in the next it is still raised. See more »

Quotes

Jeremiah: Last night I almost beat a total stranger to death, and I have no idea why. I'm supposed to be ordained a priest in less than a month. My brother hates me, my girlfriend won't marry me because she knows that I am a total fraud, and the only way that I can fix it all is to rip off these guys that I - I don't know, using money I don't have.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to CHIEF JOHN KUNKEL who, without hesitation and with great joy, allowed the members of the EXETER POLICE DEPARTMENT and his equipment to participate in this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'Mercy Streets' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

LOVE
Written by Matthew Slocum
Performed by Sixpence None the Richer
Remix by Ben Gross
(c)1998 SQUINT SONGS/MY SO-CALLED MUSIC (ASCAP)
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The view of an atheist
14 December 2008 | by IsmaninbSee all my reviews

Being an atheist the reader will understand that I am aversed to cheesy Christian propaganda. Mercy Streets does not cause such dislike, except perhaps for the too obvious name Jeremiah. The reason is integrity, Jeremiah's struggle with his feelings for guilt is genuine. Moreover the atheist view gets a very fair chance - and it's the first time that happens in a Christian movie - when Rome questions Jeremiah's faith. Maybe the director got the idea from the Tuco-Pablo confrontation in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, another undecided philosophical/theological battle. What's more - bad brother John is in fact not that bad, even TJ and Rome aren't. It's not even clear if John is converted. Moreover I like it that Rome is menacing without using filthy language; that there is no boring sex between the sheets. Not that I have something against swearing and sex, but these are not values in itself, as happens way too often last 10, 15 years. Give me swearing and sex when it is necessary for the movie or leave it out, as it is distracting. The movie has some shortcomings - it drags a little sometimes, a few scenes are not that convincing - but all in all the director succeeded in making a movie entertaining enough to keep my attention and avoiding all traps before reaching his goal. In short Mercy Streets is an integre movie about the moral struggle of a Christian plagued by guilt plus quite a few extra's. Wanting to live in a free world - with christians and members of most other religions - I can't see much wrong with it. The average of five stars is way too low.


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