Machine Gun Preacher

(2011)

Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior ofhundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption.

When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed—in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they evenreach their teens.

But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA’s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives—and eventually his own. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Academy Award® nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleymane Sy Savane (“Damages”).

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Marc Forster Blu-ray Featurette

Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in East Africa. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease, and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher is directed by Marc Forster (World War Z ) and also stars Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Academy Award nominated Michael Shannon, and Souleymane Sy Savane.

We have an exclusive featurette the Machine Gun Preacher Blu-ray, in stores today, June 5th, which finds Marc Forster revealing how he got involved in this captivating project. Watch as the story of Sam Childers goes from the page to the big screen.

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GIVEAWAY: Win ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ on Blu-ray

Fox Home Entertainment released the Relativity Media drama Machine Gun Preacher, which tells the amazing true story of Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), on Blu-ray and DVD June 5. We have a contest lined up where we're giving away copies of this Blu-ray to our readers. These prizes will surely go fast, so continue reading for how you can enter and win today!

HERE'S HOW TO WIN! Just "Like" (fan) the Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! If you already "Like" , just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Blu-ray and DVD Debut June 5th

Gerard Butler (300) delivers a blazing performance as Sam Childers, the impassioned biker and ex-criminal turned crusader in Machine Gun Preacher from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From Golden Globe nominated director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball), Machine Gun Preacher is the moving true-life story of discovery and redemption as Sam Childers takes up the fights for the children of East Africa and their freedom from Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

An Official Selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and featuring the Grammy and Golden Globe nominated song "The Keeper" by Chris Cornell, Machine Gun Preacher is complete with special features and commentary on the must-own Blu-ray and DVD on June 5th.

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EXCLUSIVE: Chris Cornell Talks ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

Machine Gun Preacher is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to East Africa. Shocked by the mayhem in Sudan, Childers becomes a crusader for hundreds of refugee children. Inspired to create a safe haven for the multitudes fleeing enslavement by the brutal Lord's Resistance Army, he restores peace to their lives and eventually his own.

The Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack features 15 score cues performed and composed by acclaimed musical group Asche & Spencer, as accompanied by the 60-piece Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. The symphony was recorded in a historic facility outside Vienna Austria in the town of Bratislava. Vladimir Martinka conducted the session, which was orchestrated by Sean McMahon & David Shephard.

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CONTEST: Win ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Prizes

Machine Gun Preacher, which stars Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan, hits theaters nationwide on September 23. We're celebrating this drama based on a true story with a new contest, where we're giving away such prizes as a one-year Netflix subscription, Sam Childers' memoir which the movie is based on, posters, and CD soundtracks. You know these prizes will go fast, so enter this contest today.

HERE'S HOW TO WIN! Just "Like" (fan) the Facebook page (below) and then leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours! If you already "Like" , just leave a comment below telling us why these prizes must be yours!

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Second ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Poster

Relativity Media has released the second poster and a new high-resolution photo gallery for its upcoming biopic Machine Gun Preacher, which opens in theaters nationwide on September 23. Take a look at the new one-sheet below, and click on any of the photos to access our gallery for this action drama starring Gerard Butler, who portrays the unlikely missionary Sam Childers.

Machine Gun Preacher was released September 23rd, 2011.

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‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Clip

Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan discuss rebuilding in this scene from Marc Forster's drama based on a true story.

‘Machine Gun Preacher’ Soundtrack to Feature Chris Cornell

Music from Marc Forster's true-life drama will be available in stores and on iTunes September 20th.