Movie of the Week: ‘The Apostle’

With the Oscars arriving in April (Sunday, April 25), we’re looking back at films and performances that the Academy missed.

“The Apostle” (1997) – Robert Duvall, with over 140 acting credits, sometimes gets behind the camera, and in 1997, he directed, wrote, produced, and starred in “The Apostle”.  He plays a Pentecostal preacher, Euliss F. “Sonny” Dewey, a passionate, but also flawed man.  He drinks and womanizes, and after a dubious public incident, he’s on the run.  It’s one of 1997’s best films, probably just behind “L.A. Confidential”.  It wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, but Duvall earned a Best Actor nomination.  He lost the gold statue to Jack Nicholson for “As Good As It Gets”, but looking back, the Oscar should have gone to Duvall or Peter Fonda (“Ulee’s Gold).  Ah well, we still have “The Apostle” – co-starring John Beasley, Farrah Fawcett, and June Carter Cash – on streaming and DVD to watch Duvall’s masterclass film and performance.

⭐⭐⭐⭐  out of  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Image credits:  Butcher’s Run Films, October Films;  Trailer credits: Movieclips Classic Trailers

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