Courageous is an independent Christian drama film produced by Sherwood Pictures and was released to theaters on September 30, 2011. It is the fourth film by Sherwood Pictures, the creators of Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof. Filming in Albany, Georgia concluded in June 2010. The film was marketed by Provident Films, which also marketed their previous films. The film was directed by Alex Kendrick, who co-wrote its screenplay with his brother Stephen Kendrick. Kendrick also stars in the film, along with Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes, and former running-back Tony Stallings. About half of the cast and crew were volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church, while the remainder were brought on through invitation-only auditions. The film was produced with a budget of $2,000,000, but on its opening weekend it grossed $2,000,000 in pre-sales alone and grossed $9.1 million total for the weekend. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics, but a rare A+ CinemaScore rating from filmgoers. As the police force of Albany, Georgia, attempts to stop drug smuggling in the city, the sheriff urges his deputies to spend time with their families based on statistics that fatherless children are
Release Date: September 30, 2011
Director: Alex Kendrick
Producer: Jim McBride, Stephen Kendrick, Michael Catt
Cast: Kevin Downes, Rusty Martin, Alex Kendrick, Ben Davies, Renee Jewell, Lauren Etchells, Robert Amaya, Rusty Martin Sr., Matt Hardwick, T.C. Stallings, Ken Bevel, Ben Davies(less)
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Parents need to know that this movie, which was produced by the same Protestant church that made Fireproof, is equal parts message movie and Evangelical ministry tool. Consequently, the story focuses on themes about conversion to Christianity and being a good, godly father. There's no language or sex, but there's more violence/peril than in similar films -- the cop protagonists engage in chases and skirmishes with suspects that end in fight fights and, in one case, a child being temporarily taken hostage at gunpoint. Tragedy strikes the central family, and one cop's baby is nearly kidnapped when his truck is car jacked. Because of the grown-up themes that focus on the nature of fatherhood and following God's path as a parent, this isn't a movie that will appeal to kids; it's aimed at the men, particularly dads, in the audience.September 14th, 2015 · Details
loved this movie....great message that is much needed today!December 8th, 2013 · Details
If you can see through the terrible acting, the message is very worthy, timely and relevant.July 10th, 2012 · Details
This is a move made by Evangelical Christians that are definitely pushing a religious agenda - one which I happen to support and that I don't feel would be offensive to the non-religious.
Some of this movie was done really well, unfortunately the parts done badly were done VERY badly. I was laughing out loud at some of the more dramatic moments, mostly because of over-acting or extreme cheesiness. There wasn't much of a compelling plot, and there was a lot of Christian proselytizing that seemed superfluous to not only the story, but even to the story's main theme. There was a also a Hispanic couple that were obviously faking their accents, which to me seemed slightly (very slightly) wrong.
The reason I gave this movie a thumbs up is because it promotes and brings honor to fatherhood in a time where most media tears it down. There were many moments in the film that inspired me to be a better father, and the main character gave a rousing talk in church at the very end that I think every father should see.
I'd be uncomfortable letting children under 12 watching this because of exposure they'd have to stealing drugs from an evidence room, a father who abandoned his child, gun fighting, fist fighting, and the death of a 9-year-old girl.July 2nd, 2012 · Details
It was OK, but a bit too smarmy on the religious angle. Glad I watched it, but wouldn't bother again.June 11th, 2012 · Details
It gets a little too preachy at the end but has a good message.April 17th, 2012 · Details
Fathers - real time heros. A must see for all parents.February 20th, 2012 · Details
This is a great movie, targeted at a Christian audience, that focuses on the vital importance of fathers and their responsibility to teach and exemplify the values of faith, integrity, and moral courage. The story line is interesting, there is a healthy dose of humor, and the acting is better than in most films of this type.January 22nd, 2012 · Details
great movie! definitely worth your time!November 5th, 2011 · Details
Best thing since General Conference. A must see for all dads.October 8th, 2011 · Details
This is a wonderful, uplifting, moral movie. I plan on taking my children to it, and recommending it to all of my friends. I was frustrated to see the WYT review in today's paper [10/7/11] which listed 0% recommended it, and gave it 6 squares under 'profanity'. What?!? The only 'profanity' that my husband and I can recall was when they used the Lord's name - correctly, in prayer. It makes me sad when a movie of this caliber, which contained so many good lessons, gets overlooked. Yes, some of it may have been a bit predictable, but then so are most movies.
Wonderful family movie!