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The Grace Card (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 February 2011 (USA)
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Everything can change in an instant, and take a lifetime to unravel. Every day, we have the opportunity to rebuild relationships by extending and receiving God's grace. Offer The Grace Card, and never underestimate the power of God's love.

Director:

David G. Evans

Writer:

Howard Klausner
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Joiner ... Bill 'Mac' McDonald
Michael Higgenbottom ... Sam Wright
Joy Parmer Moore Joy Parmer Moore ... Sara McDonald
Louis Gossett Jr. ... George Wright
Dawntoya Thomason Dawntoya Thomason ... Debra Wright
Rob Erickson Rob Erickson ... Blake McDonald
Kiana McDaniel Kiana McDaniel ... Grace Wright
Taylor Ollins Taylor Ollins ... Emily Wright
Cindy Hodge Cindy Hodge ... Dr. Vines (as Cindy Holmes Hodge)
Chris Thomas Chris Thomas ... Bob Childers
Brayden Negelein Brayden Negelein ... Tyler McDonald
Amisho Baraka Amisho Baraka ... Rand
Jessica Maharrey Jessica Maharrey ... Jenny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Bradshaw George Bradshaw ... Ken Newman
Alicia Burton Alicia Burton ... Young Mother
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Storyline

Everything can change in an instant ... and take a lifetime to unravel. When Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, the ensuing 17 years of bitterness and pain erodes his love for his family and leaves him angry with God ... and just about everyone else. Mac's rage stonewalls his career in the police department and makes for a combustible situation when he's partnered with Sam Wright, a rising star on the force who happens to be a part-time pastor and a loving family man. Can they somehow join forces to help one another when it's impossible for either of them to look past their differences-especially the most obvious one? Every day, we have the opportunity to rebuild relationships and heal deep wounds by extending and receiving God's grace. Offer THE GRACE CARD ... and never underestimate the power of God's love. Written by David G. Evans

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Witness the power of forgiveness. See more »

Genres:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Poder da Graça See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,040,000, 27 February 2011

Gross USA:

$2,430,735

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,430,735
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GraceWorks Pictures See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Many fans of this movie find it hard to believe when they learn that Michael Joiner, who played the lead role of Bill "Mac" McDonald, is a professional stand up comedian. However, the crew was well aware, as oftentimes when the camera wasn't rolling, Michael was cracking up the cast and crew. See more »

Goofs

The first scene in the squad car the two officers are driving without seat-belts. When the Mom and son are entering the car they put on seat belts but when they are driving to the counseling session, Blake has no seat belt on. See more »

Quotes

George Wright's grandfather: I promise to pray for you every day, ask your forgiveness, grant you the same, and be your friend always.
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Referenced in Heaven Bound (2017) See more »

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Grace Card Unrealistic
26 February 2011 | by editor-530See all my reviews

I knew nothing about the movie before seeing it, except I heard a brief rave on Christian radio so I was inclined to go. Even though I am giving this film a 6 out of 10, I was touched and moved by several scenes. The low score is due to the heavy handed feel of the film, and the choppy editing that made the acting seem worse than it was. My wife thought the acting was amateurish, but I think bad directing, editing and camera work made their acting seem worse than it was.

Michael Joiner's character, Bill McDonald, was unrealistically morose. He blames himself for the death of his first child and resents the second child who lives 17 years later. I blame the director for the character' unrealistic grief. I think it would have been more realistic if he tried to put on a normal demeanor, kidding around and striving to be professional with bursts of behavior that would betray the underlying grief and anger that he carried around.

Another example of directing that should have changed regards the son Blake (played by Robert Erikson) after the counselor (who is a Christian) suggests the son try to reach out to the hurting father. For the amount of conflict that had already been established between father and son, I felt the portrayal of the boy's effort to be nice was too sunny and cheerful. The director should have had more struggle on the son's part to be nice for it to be believable.

As for Bill McDonald's recently assigned partner, Sam Wright (played by Michael Higgenbottom), who also was a black pastor promoted as a police Sargent, I thought the Christian family portrayed was too happy and loving. It was almost stereotypical of Christians. Particularly concerning Sam's regard for his missing father. It was like the missing father was only written into the story to be a touchstone of sympathy for Sam's character when he talked to Bill. Otherwise it was a meaningless element of the story that should have been built up to give more realistic depth to Sam's character and family.

Nevertheless, the film had an edifying message, so I don't regret seeing the movie.


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