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God's Not Dead (2014)

PG | | Drama | 21 March 2014 (USA)
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College philosophy professor Mr. Radisson's curriculum is challenged by his new student, Josh, who believes God exists.

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Harold Cronk

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Hunter Dennis (story), Chuck Konzelman (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Sorbo ... Professor Radisson
Shane Harper ... Josh Wheaton
David A.R. White ... Reverend Dave
Dean Cain ... Marc Shelley
Willie Robertson ... Willie Robertson
Korie Robertson ... Korie Robertson
Hadeel Sittu ... Ayisha
Paul Kwo ... Martin Yip
Trisha LaFache ... Amy
Cory Oliver ... Mina
Benjamin A. Onyango ... Reverend Jude (as Benjamin Oyango)
Marco Khan ... Misrab
Cassidy Gifford ... Kara
Jesse Wang ... Martin's Father
Lenore Banks ... Mina's Mother
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Storyline

Freshman university student Josh Wheaton attends a philosophy class, where Professor Radisson requires all students to submit a signed statement staying "God is dead" and never existed. When Josh refuses (due to his own beliefs), the professor challenges him to defend his position, leading to a series of confrontational presentations between himself and the professor, with the class as jury. Written by BakedEel

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Rated PG for thematic material, brief violence and an accident scene | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,217,013, 23 March 2014

Gross USA:

$60,755,732

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,676,349
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song playing the the background when the character Josh, played by Shane Harper is performed and written by Shane Harper himself. See more »

Goofs

When the pastor is trying to start the car, it will not run. We hear the starter spinning the engine, but it does not start. He comments it may be the battery or the starter. That is impossible since if the battery were low or dead the starter would not have the electrical power to turn over the engine, and if the starter were bad it would not turn over the engine. See more »

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Mark: Love is the most overused word in the English language. It's what we say when we want something, when we need something.
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At the end of the film, the concert attendees are asked to text the phrase "God's Not Dead" to every contact on their phone. The credits then read, "Join the movement Text everyone you know", inviting the movie audience to do the same. See more »

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References The Grapes of Wrath (1940) See more »

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Maybe Roger Ebert was wrong...
18 April 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... when he said the movies are a great big empathy machine. At least in this case he probably was, because this film is a great big stereotype machine.

I'll cut it some slack on acting and direction because the whole thing was shot in 20 days with probably a low budget. The screenplay itself, mainly focusing on the conflict between Christian student Josh Wheaton and his atheist philosophy professor, really has a narrow point of view. The film really paints everything with a black and white brush and makes assumptions about atheists - AND people from other faiths and countries - that cause much of the criticism of the Christian community in the first place. I know several atheists, and they are not all narcissists that abandon sick friends or people that blame God for some tragedy in their past. Many of them have a behavior code that exceeds that of Christians because they do not have a "ticket to heaven in my pocket" mentality which many Christians do have and I have observed.

Meanwhile, we get a look at what is supposed to pass for a typical Arab-American Muslim household, as dad always makes sure that his daughter Ayisha has her face totally covered when he drops her off at school. He doesn't seem to mind that she has on short sleeves and clothes that are just as revealing as her peers. Note to dad - the face is not the only physical thing about a young lady that catches the eye of young men. No matter though, because as soon as dad is out of sight. Ayisha removes the face covering. It turns out that Ayisha is a closet Christian, and when dad finds out he reacts as we would expect any Muslim man to react who is three times his daughters size - he smacks her around fist to face and then physically throws her out into the street.

Getting back to the film's main protagonist,Josh, he is now having to debate the philosophy prof in class as to the existence of God using philosophical arguments or else he will fail. The in-class debate part of the film was interesting, but I believe professor Raddison when he said they did not have pre-law at the university, because just about every action he took was completely illegal, from threatening his students with failing grades or at least greatly enhanced workloads if they did not write down "God is dead" on a piece of paper and sign it, to confronting and taunting the student Josh when he began to get his goat.

Josh makes a big deal during his portion of the debate about God allowing free will to reign on earth and that being the reason for all of the evil, and then the plot goes on to disprove exactly that by implying divine destruction of the ignition capabilities of every car that two random missionaries on their way to Disneyland touch (in one of many sideplots) so that they can be at a particular place at a crucial time. As one missionary states to the other "God has you exactly where he wants you". What happened to free will if these two are just manipulated actors in God's grandiose play? Other interesting points - apparently all atheists turn to Christ when confronted with death (a point the late Christopher Hitchens disproves), and exactly what is this generic cancer that the atheist blogger has? Inquiring minds want to know. Plus - filmmakers - I know plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery, but many of us know an "I am Spartacus" moment when we see it (Josh's argument in favor of the existence of God causes everybody in the class to stand and say "God is not dead"). The great irony here - the screenwriter for Spartacus was James Dalton Trumbo, who just happened to be an atheist. I would say this film is worth watching as a curiosity if nothing else.


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