Taglines: The hardest soul to save was his own.
Eulis ‘Sonny’ Dewey is a preacher from Texas living a happy life with his beautiful wife Jessie. Suddenly his stable world crumbles: Jessie is having an affair with young minister Horace. Sonny gets enraged and hits Horace with a softball bat, putting him into a coma. After that he leaves town, takes a new name, ‘Apostle E.F.’ and goes to Louisiana.
There he starts to work as a mechanic for local radio station owner Elmo, and Elmo lets him preach on the radio. E.F. starts to preach everywhere: on the radio, on the streets, and with his new friend, Reverend Blackwell he starts a campaign to renovate an old church.
The Apostle is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Robert Duvall, who stars in the title role. Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton, Miranda Richardson, Mary Lynette Braxton, June Carter Cash, Elizabeth Chisolm and Naomi Craig also appear.
It was filmed on location in and around Saint Martinville and Des Allemands, Louisiana with some establishing shots done in the Dallas, Texas area by a second unit before principal photography began. And main opening shots filmed in Grand Coteau and Lafayette Louisiana. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival For his performance, Duvall was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
The Apostle (1997)
Directed by: Robert Duvall
Starring: Robert Duvall, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Bob Thornton, Miranda Richardson, Mary Lynette Braxton, June Carter Cash, Elizabeth Chisolm, Naomi Craig
Screenplay by: Robert Duvall
Production Design by: Linda Burton, Thomas A. Walsh
Cinematography by: Barry Markowitz
Film Editing by: Stephen Mack
Costume Design by: Doug Hall
Set Decoration by: Dea Jensen, Lori Johnson
Art Direction by: Irfan Akdag
Music by: David Mansfield
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and a related scene of violence.
Distributed by: October Films
Release Date: December 17, 1997