Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

Machine Gun Preacher was released on DVD on June 5, 2012
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Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler 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 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 youngsters 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, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own. The 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 and Kathy Baker.

Reviews & Ratings:

6.8 User Reviews (8)


US DVD Release Date June 5, 2012
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
Australia DVD Release Date AU - Not announced

In Theaters:

Complete Movie Details

Run time 129 min
Theater Release Date September 23, 2011
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date June 5, 2012
Actors Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Michael Shannon, Madeline Carroll, Souleymane Sy Savane
Directed by Marc Forster
Studio Relativity
MPAA R (Rated R for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality)
Gross $538,690
Genre(s) Drama
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8 Visitor Reviews for Machine Gun Preacher

  1. livingwest says:

    There were severe problems with the distributor on this movie, a “friend” of Butler’s, Ryan Cavanaugh. He put all his distribution money into Immortals and two others, and ignored this film totally. Hopefully he is no longer a friend of Butler’s. Butler’s performance is better than the film itself. Both Butler and Childer’s worked hard to get knowledge of the movie out to the public, but without some television advertising, it was a no go. He was interviewed on The View, and Whoopi was very taken with the film, but still, no advertising of any kind killed it. Butler is a very good natured guy (despite the roles he plays!), but I hope this betrayal by Cavanaugh’s and his company brought an end to that friendship.

    Even with DVD release, there is ZERO advertising for this DVD.

  2. anonymous b says:

    “Machine Gun Preacher” is one of the best pictures I’ve seen in a long time.Certainly one of Gerard Butler’s better movies.I’m so happy he quit making those stupid movies like “Bounty Hunter”.He is back and he is back with a vengence.A great star,a great movie.Machine Gun Preacher should have won an academy award.I think in Hollywood they have a lot of nepotisim.It is controlled by families of producers and directors and their children.Awards go to their children and not to stars like Gerard Butler that deserves them.God bless you Gerry your back.May you reign forever.Your a great actor,your wonderful to look at on the screen,When your on the screen nobody can see anyone eles.That is a star.Oh did I forget,those beautiful eyes of yours says it all.

  3. Christy Lundberg says:

    That was a very good movie,. I think that was one Gerard Butler’s best movies. He did a GREAT job. The makes you award just how bad it is over there in Sudan. I highly recommned it to everybody.

  4. Christy Lundberg says:

    Wish they would do ahead and release the movie before June. Don’t why it keeps being pushed back.

  5. Sean says:

    It was released in the uk a week ago us not till June which is very wrong but they say it because the folks over don’t have jobs and have more time to review the movie or for increased sales

  6. Jon says:

    I want to know what the deal is with the distribution of this movie??? It got VERY limited release and now the DVD release date keeps getting pushed back!
    What is Hollywood trying to hide on this movie? With Joseph Kony as a key component in the movie and in the news everywhere with KONY 2012, why are they delaying it???
    I am not a conspircay theory guy, in fact most I laugh them off, but I question if the Christian element is just too strong for secualr Hollywood??
    It’s a great film, based on a true story (I’ve seen the movie and read the book), it needs to be seen!

  7. Dale R. (Sandy) Hargett says:

    This is a must see movie.
    Gerard Butler is absolutely amazing in his character portrayal of
    Sam Childers. Every emotion shows in his eyes. His heart is poured
    out for the world to see in this true life drama.

  8. Samantha Paul says:

    I neeeed to see this movie.

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