Films

Courageous

September 30th 2011
  • Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 130 min,
  • Sony Pictures
  • Cast: Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes, Ben Davies, Rusty Martin, T.C. Stallings, Rusty Martin Sr., Matt Hardwick, Eleanor Brown, Robert Amaya, Renee Jewell, Lauren Etchells, David Milliner, Taylor Hutcherson, Angelita Nelson, Donald Howze, Daniel Simmons, Evan Zapata, Christian Dozier, Jose Rodriguez, Louise Guillebeauz, Ellie Zapata, Ed Litton
  • Director: Alex Kendrick
  • Writers: Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
  • Producer: Stephen Kendrick
  • Associate Producers: Larry Frenzel, Dennis Wiemer
  • Executive Producers: Michael Catt, Jim McBride
  • D.O.P.: Bob Scott
  • Makeup: Curry Bushnell
  • Production Design: Darian Corley
  • Set Decoration: Sheila McBride

Storyline

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they face danger every day. Yet when tragedy strikes close to home, these fathers are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, and their faith. From this struggle will come a decision that changes all of their lives.

With action, drama, and humor, the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures embraces God's promise to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Souls will be stirred, and hearts will be challenged to be ... courageous!,,

As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet when they take off their badges at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark. They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift further and further away from them. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those that are most dear to them?

When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Georgia, USA
  • Production Budget: $2 million
  • Production Companies: Alabama Production Group, Sherwood Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 26 April 2010 - 25 June 2010

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Trivia

2011 Guide Analysis: "When it comes to business models, Sherwood Pictures has one many film companies would envy. A production company outlet owned by a Georgia-based Baptist Church, Sherwood produces low budget independent features about various subjects with strong Christian moral messages. It then uses mostly word of mouth marketing amongst churches and faith-based organisations to garner support to help promote and distribute the film.

Scoff all you like, Hollywood certainly did at first. Then in 2006, their football drama feature "Facing the Giants" hauled in a solid $10 million from a budget of only $10,000. Two years later, the fireman & marriage-themed drama "Fireproof" started out with a more serious budget ($500,000) and managed to outpace quite a few studio titles in the quiet early Fall period of that year, hauling in an impressive total of $33.5 million. That got a lot of attention, so much so that reportedly around 170 media outlets visited the set of their new film.

This fourth feature is an exploration of father/son relationships against the backdrop of the police force. With a bigger budget of just over $1 million, a stronger rating (PG-13 rather than the usual PG for these films), and use of the Red One camera to give the film much higher production values than the previous ones, the obvious aim is to deliver a feature that will not just energise the faithful but potentially crossover and reach a mass audience. It's doubtful this will be that film, but as Sherwood have demonstrated before - one shouldn't underestimate them."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 4 November 2011: Ireland, UK
  • 25 November 2011: Sweden