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Breakthrough (2019)

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When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.


Roxann Dawson


Joyce Smith (based upon the book by), Grant Nieporte (screenplay by)
4,436 ( 249)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcel Ruiz ... John Smith
Topher Grace ... Pastor Jason Noble
Sarah Constible ... Neighbor Lady
Dennis Haysbert ... Dr. Garrett
Nancy Sorel ... Mrs. Abbott
Miriam Smith ... VP Nancy Benes
Victor Zinck Jr. ... Joe Marrow
Mike Colter ... Tommy Shine
Chrissy Metz ... Joyce Smith
Josh Lucas ... Brian Smith
Taylor Mosby ... Chayla
Ali Skovbye ... Emma
Maddy Martin ... Abby Sutterer
Isaac Kragten ... Josh
Nikolas Dukic ... Rieger


When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake Saint Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth's mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Based on the impossible true story.


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic content including peril | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The first 20th Century Fox film to be released after the Disney purchase. See more »


The movie takes place in Missouri. However, a sign that says "Maximum 30" is visible near the lake where the accident was to have taken place. This a form of speed limit sign (using kilometers per hour) used in Canada. See more »


Joyce Smith: Now's not a good time.
Pastor Jason Noble: I know... that's why I'm here.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »


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Written by Shane Eli Abrahams (as Shane Eli Abrahams), Jonny Pakfar (as Jonathan Pakfar), and Pigeon John (as John Dust)
Performed by Pigeon John
Courtesy of Mutiny Recordings and The Telephone Company
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User Reviews

Where is your faith??
20 July 2019 | by dnbaebSee all my reviews

This movie really pulls at the heartstrings. It was a film of fear, faith, hope and love. I thought the story was well put together and that it showed how anything can happen in the blink of an eye, yet how you choose to face it is the question. For this family and community-they chose to believe in their faith. Faith that the doctor could save him and faith in a higher-power.

Some people don't believe in God or have faith of any kind, and that's fine for them, but to see such reviews that are so angry at the mere thought that such a God could exist and that a miracle could happen, is unfathomable to them. I wonder why many non-believers get so worked up and angry over the possibility...when in life there are so many instances where truly wonderful and unexplainable things happen everyday.

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Release Date:

17 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,282,333, 21 April 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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