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Don Verdean (2015)

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A self-professed biblical archaeologist who has fallen on hard times starts to bend the truth in order to continue inspiring the faithful.

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Jared Hess

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Don Verdean
Amy Ryan ... Carol Jensen
Will Forte ... Pastor Fontaine
Danny McBride ... Tony Lazarus
Jemaine Clement ... Boaz
Steve Park ... Poon-Yen (as Stephen Park)
Leslie Bibb ... Joylinda Lazarus
Sky Elobar ... Dr. Stanley
P.J. Boudousqué ... Gary (as P J Boudousque)
Yaniv Moyal ... Israeli Police Officer
Jared Shipley ... Lab Tech
Logan Rogan Logan Rogan ... Tourist
Michael Flynn ... Church Elder
Pete Rockwell ... Antique Store Owner
Harry Bonner Harry Bonner ... Security Guard
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Storyline

Hired by an ambitious small-town pastor to find sacred relics in the Holy Land, a self-proclaimed Biblical archaeologist comes up short and his attempt to cover up his failure fuels a comic conspiracy from the filmmaking team behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. DON VERDEAN stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, with Will Forte, and Danny McBride. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Fraud works in mysterious ways.


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Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive content, some language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Verdean: O Que o Passado Nos Reserva See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,907, 13 December 2015

Gross USA:

$31,309

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,309
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The film was shot in twenty-five days. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Don Verdean: [holding his food tray] Mind if I sit down? My name's Don.
Gary: Hey.
Don Verdean: Your mother named Carol?
Gary: Yeah.
Don Verdean: I know your mother, son.
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Connections

References Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Pillar of Salt
Written by Jacob Demke and Jerusha Hess
Produced by Ken Kruckenberg
Performed by Leslie Bibb
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gets better as it goes
22 March 2016 | by d-papadakisSee all my reviews

Having lived in an area that has experienced religious artifact fraud that led to murders I have a special appreciation for this film. It was tactfully sarcastic, so gentle in the telling but got its point across. It would offend no one but you understand. Almost like the most beloved American writer would have handled it a hundred and thirty some years ago. Mark Twain didn't care too much for religion either.

This film is like a slow burning fuse. The first two thirds are mildly funny and if you saw it in a theater it would have caused you to make a few polite chuckles. But the last third, I was laughing so hard I was crying. Like a good joke, you have to set it up to make the punch line work.

I saw it by myself, but hours after I saw it I would remember parts of it and start laughing all over again. My wife kept asking, "What are you laughing about?"


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