Directed by Mark Young
Louis Gossett Jr.
This movie is based on and inspired by a true story.
I want to start off by telling you what the fine print of the movie cover says:
"Leaders are not chosen, they're called."
The beginning of the move finds Richard Kelly (played by Cedric Sanders) taking a bargain-plea to avoid prison. His sentence says he must go thru two semesters at an all-white seminary. The seminary's president, Alan Beckett (played William DeVane) doesn't know that Richard is on probation, he thinks that he is at the seminary because he wants to become a preacher. Mr. Beckett challenges Richard to break thru the racial divide. Richard meets up with the school's gardener, (played by Louis Gossit, Jr.) the only other man of color on the campus, and the gardener helps Richard to realize a lot of things. One of the most important things is that Richard decides to actually take the challenge, and tries to get a petition signed by 70 % of the students and faculty so that once passed, so many colored students and professors would be brought in to the seminary. This challenges is needless to say...not an easy one. Richard faces many set-backs and obstacles along the way. He seeks the help of a professor, Kate Allison (played by Lauren Holly) because she is a former missionary. But Kate isn't so sure she wants to go against the seminar's leaders....
Now without giving away the movie...I just want to mention a few main points that I personally
took away from this great movie.
-What's lost is lost, you can't replace it.
-Pain can also be treasure.
-First, you've got to surrender and then your faith will take you where you want or need to go.
-It's important to leave your footprints in God's garden.
I loved this movie, and think that there are alot of important lessons that can be learned by watching it. And even if you are just wanting to watch an inspiring and truly good movie, this is the perfect movie whether you sit down with your family or yourself...it's a great movie.
Note: This movie was provide to my by BookSneeze at no cost. I was not compensated financially or otherwise for my honest opinion of this movie, other than keeping the movie itself.
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