In Divine Cinema’s first outing with an actual good movie, Jeff, Dylan, and Adam have a lively debate about the main character, Sonny, in the Robert Duvall film, The Apostle (1997). This episode becomes a character study of sorts as our hosts offer up their thoughts on the motivations of the films main protagonist… or antagonist?
Sonny is a passionate, southern Pentecostal preacher whose seemingly perfect life is upended when he discovers that his wife is having an affair. This leads to Sonny’s intensity getting the better of him and he violently attacks his wife’s lover with a baseball bat, killing him. Sonny flees to Louisiana. But instead of laying low he secures several odd jobs to help found a new church. However his past eventually comes back to him and he is forced to face the consequences of this actions.
- Robert Selden Duvall (Actor, played Sonny)
- DPTV – Profile on Cinematographer Barry Markowitz, ASC (Video)
- Hollywood Cinematographer Barry Markowitz Discusses Capturing the Soul of the South on Film (Article)
- Sling Blade (1996 Film – Amazon Affiliate Link)
- Billy Bob Thornton (Actor)
- The Pentecostal Church in America (Article)
- Pentecostalism (Wiki)
- Azusa Street Revival (Wiki)
- Charles Fox Parham (American Preacher and Evangelist)
- William J. Seymour (American Preacher and Evangelist)
- Holiness Movement (Wiki)
- Assemblies of God (Christian Pentecostal Denomination)
- Church of God in Christ (Christian Pentecostal Denomination)
- June Carter Cash (Actor, played Sonny’s mom)
- Farrah Fawcett (Actor, played Sonny’s Wife)
- Walton Goggins (Actor, played Sonny’s disciple)
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