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Flywheel (2003)

Not Rated | | Drama | 25 July 2003 (Brazil)
A dishonest used car salesman decides to become the salesman that God wants him to be - with surprising results.

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Alex Kendrick

Writers:

Alex Kendrick (story), Stephen Kendrick (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rosetta Harris Armstrong Rosetta Harris Armstrong ... Katie's Sister
Lisa Arnold ... Hillary Vail
Blake Bailey Blake Bailey ... Stephanie Ward
Jansen Barnes Jansen Barnes ... Jeff Stone
Roger Breland Roger Breland ... Mr. Austin
Walter Burnett Walter Burnett ... Max Kendall
Michael Catt Michael Catt ... Pastor
John Cochran John Cochran ... 1st Man on Lot
Carrie Crenshaw Carrie Crenshaw ... 1st Woman on Lot
Ashlynn Dapper Ashlynn Dapper ... Faith Austin
Janet Lee Dapper Janet Lee Dapper ... Judy Austin
Ron Dorminey Ron Dorminey ... Usher #1
Shannen Fields ... Miss Gardner
David Frasier David Frasier ... Scott Miller
Shawn Gaines Shawn Gaines ... Usher #2
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Storyline

Jay Austin, a dishonest car salesman in lots of debt, comes to a turning point in his life where he becomes a born-again Christian, turns from his dishonest way of business and begins trusting in God to take care of him. Even when things get hard he trusts God, and God provides him with a way to pay off his debt honestly. Written by Elias L.

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In every man's life there's a turning point

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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2003 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A Virada See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, Georgia, USA

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sermon Jay (Alex Kendrick) briefly watches on TV the night before he gives his life to the Lord was a real sermon from a real service at the Sherwood Baptist Church. It was not staged, and didn't have a written script. See more »

Goofs

When Jay and Kevin are talking about getting more money for the cars, Jay says, "Kevin, we're not gonna go that route." But when the same conversation, as recorded by Kevin's hidden camera, is shown on the TV report, he says, "Kevin, I don't wanna go that route." See more »

Quotes

Dan Michaels: ...and Lord, I ask that you treat Jay just like he treated me today in this deal.
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Connections

Referenced in Fireproof (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Flywheel Theme
Written and Performed by Alex Kendrick
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"You lazy, fat, last-chip-eating thief!"
2 September 2009 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

Refreshing non-Hollywood style drama. It was obviously made on a shoe-string budget by relative unknowns, but that's part of this sweet little film's charm. It is a fine example of a thoughtful effort to get a point across without explosions, car chases, or four-letter slang.

The writer and lead Alex Kendrick has offered up a very sincere and cleverly told story. It's not polished; its independent roots are evident (tops of people's heads get chopped off a lot, for example). Nevertheless, the characters are likable and the acting isn't bad at all. The writer puts a lot of humorous one-liners in the script ("You lazy, fat, last-chip-eating thief!"), and the story rolls along nicely.

Used car salesman Jay Austin makes a perfect modern Ebenezer Scrooge type, a dishonest and ruthless businessman. His life (both business and private) starts crashing down, and he cries out to God for forgiveness and help. His revival seems rushed in the story, but it's believable. But it's not just his personal epiphany and the changing of his ways that this story focuses on, it's the result of that change. The dishonest employees of Austin who do not change, make a great counterpoint between his past and present behavior. A couple of plot twists near the end can be seen coming from a mile away, but that doesn't really hurt the film.

Certainly there's a moral, and the movie succeeds at presenting food for thought. It makes for a good rental.


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