Very few movies deal in a real and knowledgeable way with the black church. The Gospel, however, is set against the backdrop of the historic black church and its role within the black community. The movie does well exploring aspects of the historic black church.

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Review by
Maurice Broaddus

Article by
Maurice Broaddus
The Gospel and The Black Church

Review by
Mike Furches

BASIC CREDITS

Release Date: October 7, 2005
Studio: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Rob Hardy
Screenwriter:
Rob Hardy
Starring: Clifton Powell, Yolanda Adams, Dwayne Boyd, Idris Elba, Frank Taylor, Nona Gaye, Omar Gooding, Tamyra Gray, Fred Hammond, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Boris Kodjoe, Donnie McClurkin, Martha Munizzi, Michael J. Pagan, John Fitzgerald Page, Brandon Thaxton, Hezekiah Walker, Delores Winans, Aloma Wright
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic elements including suggestive material, and mild language)
Official Website: TheGospel-movie.com

MPAA: Rated PG for thematic elements including suggestive material, and mild language.
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Very few movies deal in a real and knowledgeable way with the black church. The Gospel, however, is set against the backdrop of the historic black church and its role within the black community. The movie does well exploring aspects of the historic black church.
Why Does The Church Not Support Some Film?

Yesterday I watched the DVD of The Gospel, the first time since doing the original review for the movie. While watching it I was struck with a resounding question. Why did the church not get behind this film and support it as they have virtually most other “religious” film of recent years? I was troubled by that and still am, especially when considering that this is a rather thought provoking retelling of the Prodigal Son out of the Gospel of Luke... (continued)
--Mike Furches

The Gospel and The Black ChurchThe Gospel and The Black Church

Very few movies deal in a real and knowledgeable way
with the black church. The Gospel, however...

Article by
Maurice Broaddus

THE GOSPEL THE GOSPEL
It lives out the meaning of the word Gospel. What we have on screen is “Good News.” The “Good News” of the ability to bring about change and love.

Review by
Mike Furches

THE GOSPEL

In a nutshell, the story of “The Prodigal Son” set to Gospel music, lots of Gospel music.

Review by
Maurice Broaddus

SYNOPSIS
"The Gospel" explores the inner-workings of a church. Told from the perspective of the pews, the film gives a realistic portrayal of people dealing with true life struggles and issues. Maestro Kirk Franklin helped set the tone by writing music for the film's performance sequences.

In fusing some of the biggest names in gospel music today, with several of the most talented thespians in Hollywood, the film offers a helping of inspirationally uplifting entertainment for the entire family. While based on the biblical parable of The Prodigal Son, the picture provides a universal theme that can be enjoyed by all.

Celebrate love. Celebrate life. Celebrate The Gospel!

A film about the transformative power of faith and forgiveness, The Gospel is a contemporary drama packed with the soaring, soulful sounds of gospel music. Set in the impassioned world of the African-American church, The Gospel tells the story of David Taylor (Boris Kodjoe), a dynamic young R&B star whose chart-topping albums have earned him fame and wealth, but whose decadent lifestyle has estranged him from his father (Clifton Powell), the Bishop of his hometown church. When David learns his father is ill and near death, he returns home to try and reconcile and discovers his former best friend, Charles (Idris Elba), is poised to become his father’s successor at the church – and threatens to ruin everything David’s father worked so hard to achieve. Torn between his successful new life and the one he used to know, David has to decide whether he can give up his own desires to protect his father’s legacy and make peace with his family, his beliefs, and, ultimately, himself.

The Gospel’s talented cast includes Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba, Clifton Powell, Aloma Wright, Omar Gooding, Tamyra Gray, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Nona Gaye, as well as a “who’s who” roster of today’s best and brightest gospel music stars, including Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Martha Munizzi, Hezekiah Walker, and Delores “Mom” Winans.
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