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The Case for Christ (2017)

PG | | Biography, Drama | 7 April 2017 (USA)
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An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.

Director:

Jon Gunn

Writers:

Brian Bird (screenplay by), Lee Strobel (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erika Christensen ... Leslie Strobel
Faye Dunaway ... Dr. Roberta Waters
Frankie Faison ... Joe Dubois
Robert Forster ... Walt Strobel
Brett Rice ... Ray Nelson
L. Scott Caldwell ... Alfie Davis
Mike Vogel ... Lee Strobel
Meredith Andrews Meredith Andrews ... Worship Leader
Rus Blackwell ... Dr. William Craig
Tracey Bonner ... ICU Nurse
Matthew Brenher ... Dr. Phillip Singer (as Matthew Brehner)
Mark Campbell ... Judge (as Mark Alan Campbell)
Jordan Cox ... Bill Hybels
David de Vos ... Tribune Colleague
Renell Gibbs ... James Hick
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Storyline

An award-winning investigative journalist -- and avowed atheist -- who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife... with unexpected, life-altering results.

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Based on the Worldwide Best-Selling Book See more »

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements including medical descriptions of crucifixion, and incidental smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Mike Vogel and Erika Christensen also portrayed a couple in the 2005 MTV movie Wuthering Heights. See more »

Goofs

While visiting Los Angeles, Lee is given the JAMA article, "On the Physical Death of Christ"; however, this was not published until 1986 -- six years later (JAMA 1986; 255:1455-1463). See more »

Quotes

Lee Strobel: You're cheating on me... with Jesus!
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Our Great God - (TCFC)
Written by Tilman Acker, Josh Charles, Lee McDerment, Tadd Tatum, Kaleb White, Jared Barber, Jeremy Barber, Justin Land, Jay Phillips, Scotty Wilbanks
Performed by NewSpring Worship
Courtesy of DREAM Records
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Fair, Thoughtful, and Cinematic
8 April 2017 | by mvmlegoSee all my reviews

"Christian" movies have a reputation of being artificial, unprofessional, and only appealing to those who are already indoctrinated. "The Case for Christ" breaks these stereotypes, delivering the best piece of Christian filmography that I've seen, as well as a good biographical drama by more general standards.

As mentioned, "The Case" avoids the pitfalls that the majority of Christian films fall into. It does not vilify atheists, make Christians appear impossibly pious, stuff the script with corny and unnatural dialogue (or significantly lack any other production quality), or contrive situations in order to "prove" Christianity (this is a biography, after all).

While the primary character, Lee Strobel, isn't a very nice person for most of the movie, he is no more flawed than most protagonists, and these flaws are never blamed on atheism, per se. Mike Vogel's portrayal of a man doing what he feels is best for his family and dealing with life's stresses, especially those that come from having one's worldview challenged, is genuine and moving.

I don't think many folks will come into the movie theater as skeptics and walk out as Christians, but I think the movie's producers were mature enough that that's not what they were intending or expecting. The movie likely won't answer all of a skeptic's questions (though the questions they do address are relevant, not straw men), but it answers enough of them that they should realize that (some) people do indeed have reasons for their beliefs.

Altogether, Christians and non-Christians alike should walk away from this movie with the desire to learn more, and they'll have experienced a good piece of cinema in the process.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,967,885, 9 April 2017

Gross USA:

$14,682,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,175,663
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2.35 : 1
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