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true_JJ
faith_NN
and_CC
its_PP$
expression_NN
through_IN
organized_JJ
religion_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
difficult_JJ
subject_NN
for_IN
a_DT
motion_NN
picture_NN
to_IN
tackle_NN
head-on_RB
,_,
which_WDT
is_BEZ
probably_RB
why_WRB
so_RB
few_DT
of_IN
them_PP
do_DO
it_PP
._.
even_RB
the_DT
most_DT
religious_JJ
directors_NNS
-_-
like_IN
martin_NP
scorsese_JJ
or_CC
ingmar_NN
bergman_NN
-_-
usually_RB
address_NN
issues_NNS
of_IN
faith_NN
in_IN
implicit_JJ
rather_RB
than_CS
explicit_JJ
religious_JJ
terms_NNS
._.
so_RB
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
hard_JJ
to_TO
see_VB
why_WRB
it_PP
took_VBD
robert_NP
duvall_NP
fifteen_CD
years_NNS
to_IN
get_VB
"_"
the_DT
apostle_NN
"_"
onto_IN
the_DT
big-screen_IN
._.
as_CS
a_DT
matter_NN
of_IN
fact_NN
,_,
even_RB
after_IN
fifteen_CD
years_NNS
he_PP
still_RB
never_RB
managed_VBN
to_IN
get_VB
financial_NP
backing_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
ended_VBD
up_RP
paying_VBG
for_IN
it_PP
with_IN
$_???
5_CD
million_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
money_NN
._.
he_PP
also_RB
wrote_VBD
the_DT
script_NN
,_,
directed_VBN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
starred_VBD
as_CS
the_DT
central_JJ
character_NN
,_,
a_DT
fiery_JJ
texas_NP
preacher_NN
named_VBN
euliss_NP
"_"
sonny_NN
"_"
dewey_NP
._.
few_DT
filmmakers_NNS
have_HV
the_DT
courage_NN
and_CC
sheer_JJ
audacity_NN
to_IN
take_VB
on_IN
that_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
financial_JJ
,_,
technical_JJ
,_,
and_CC
creative_JJ
responsibility_NN
single-handedly_RB
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
testament_NN
to_IN
what_WDT
an_DT
intensely_RB
personal_JJ
project_NN
this_DT
was_BEDZ
for_IN
duvall_NN
._.
and_CC
,_,
thankfully_RB
,_,
every_DT
bit_NN
of_IN
that_DT
personal_JJ
investment_NN
translates_VBZ
on-screen_IN
into_IN
power_NN
and_CC
honest_JJ
emotion_NN
._.
sonny_NN
is_BEZ
an_DT
energetic_JJ
,_,
pentecostal_JJ
preacher_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
speaking_VBG
(_(
actually_RB
shouting_VBG
)_)
from_IN
behind_RB
the_DT
pulpit_NN
since_CS
he_PP
was_BEDZ
twelve_CD
._.
he_PP
spends_VBZ
much_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
time_NN
traveling_VBG
about_IN
the_DT
country_NN
,_,
evangelizing_VBG
with_IN
other_JJ
preachers_NNS
at_IN
tent_NN
revivals_NNS
._.
unlike_IN
most_DT
hollywood_NP
characterizations_NNS
of_IN
intense_JJ
preachers_NNS
,_,
sonny_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
phony_NN
or_CC
a_DT
swindler_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
purpose_NN
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
to_TO
unearth_RB
hypocrisy_NN
and_CC
sin_NN
in_IN
either_DT
sonny_NN
or_CC
the_DT
church_NN
._.
duvall_NP
makes_VBZ
it_PP
abundantly_RB
clear_JJ
that_CS
sonny_NN
truly_RB
believes_VBZ
in_IN
what_WDT
he_PP
says_VBZ
,_,
although_CS
like_IN
all_PDT
humans_NNS
,_,
he_PP
has_HVZ
weaknesses_NNS
._.
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
weaknesses_NNS
become_VB
apparent_JJ
when_CS
he_PP
finds_VBZ
out_RP
that_CS
,_,
not_XNOT
only_RB
does_DOZ
his_PP$
long-suffering_JJ
wife_NN
,_,
jessie_NP
(_(
farrah_NP
fawcett_NP
)_)
,_,
want_VB
to_IN
leave_NN
him_PP
for_IN
another_DT
man_NN
in_IN
the_DT
congregation_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
two_CD
of_IN
them_PP
have_HV
secretly_RB
plotted_VBN
to_IN
remove_VB
him_PP
as_IN
preacher_NN
._.
faced_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
loss_NN
of_IN
two_CD
things_NNS
he_PP
loves_VBZ
passionately-_???
his_PP$
church_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
family_NN
-_-
that_CS
same_DT
raw_JJ
power_NN
that_CS
allows_VBZ
sonny_NN
to_IN
get_VB
entire_JJ
congregations_NNS
rocking_VBG
and_CC
swaying_NN
transforms_VBZ
into_IN
a_DT
violent_JJ
temper_NN
._.
at_IN
his_PP$
son_NN
's_POS
baseball_NN
game_NN
,_,
sonny_NN
snaps_VBZ
and_CC
smashes_VBZ
his_PP$
wife_NN
's_POS
lover_NN
in_IN
the_DT
face_NN
with_IN
a_DT
baseball_NN
bat_NN
,_,
inflicting_VBG
a_DT
wound_NN
that_CS
may_MD
be_BE
fatal_JJ
._.
not_XNOT
knowing_JJ
what_WDT
else_RB
to_IN
do_DO
,_,
sonny_NN
disappears_VBZ
._.
he_PP
throws_VBZ
away_RB
his_PP$
identification_NN
,_,
drives_VBZ
his_PP$
car_NN
into_IN
a_DT
lake_NN
,_,
and_CC
takes_VBZ
a_DT
bus_NN
to_IN
louisiana_NP
,_,
hoping_VBG
to_IN
start_NN
over_IN
again_RB
._.
in_IN
the_DT
tiny_JJ
,_,
mostly_RB
poor_JJ
coastal_JJ
town_NN
of_IN
bayou_???
boutte_NN
,_,
sonny_NN
once_RB
again_RB
finds_VBZ
his_PP$
calling_NN
._.
after_IN
befriending_VBG
a_DT
simple_JJ
auto_NN
mechanic_NN
(_(
walt_NP
goggins_NNS
)_)
and_CC
tracking_NN
down_IN
the_DT
town_NN
's_POS
ex-minister_NN
(_(
john_NP
beasley_NP
)_)
,_,
sonny_NN
sets_NNS
up_RP
his_PP$
own_DT
church_NN
,_,
the_DT
one_CD
way_NN
to_IN
heaven_NN
temple_NN
._.
re-christening_VBG
himself_PPX
as_IN
"_"
the_DT
apostle_NN
e_NN
._.
f_NN
._.
,_,
"_"
he_PP
quickly_RB
draws_VBZ
together_RB
an_DT
eager_JJ
congregation_NN
,_,
and_CC
together_RB
they_PP
realize_VB
real_JJ
change_NN
in_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
's_POS
lives_NNS
._.
but_CC
,_,
always_RB
,_,
sonny_NN
's_POS
past_NN
is_BEZ
lurking_JJ
a_DT
step_NN
behind_IN
him_PP
,_,
waiting_VBG
to_IN
swallow_NP
his_PP$
progress_NN
._.
duvall_NP
has_HVZ
made_VBN
his_PP$
intentions_NNS
in_IN
making_VBG
"_"
the_DT
apostle_NN
"_"
clear_JJ
._.
in_IN
a_DT
recent_JJ
article_NN
in_IN
"_"
newsweek_NN
,_,
"_"
he_PP
wrote_VBD
:_:
"_"
filmmakers_NNS
hardly_RB
ever_RB
depict_VB
spirituality_NN
with_IN
such_DT
a_DT
strong_JJ
emphasis_NN
on_IN
the_DT
holy_JJ
spirit_NN
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
they_PP
do_DO
,_,
it_PP
tends_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
patronizing_CS
-_-
full_RB
of_IN
charlatans_NNS
and_CC
snake_NN
handlers_NNS
._.
._.
._.
but_NP
what_WDT
i_CD
really_RB
wanted_VBD
to_TO
do_DO
was_BEDZ
try_VB
to_TO
understand_VB
what_WDT
these_DT
preachers_NNS
go_VB
through_IN
and_CC
what_WDT
they_PP
believe_VB
,_,
and_CC
to_IN
portray_VB
it_NN
in_IN
an_DT
accurate_JJ
way_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
strength_NN
of_IN
duvall_NN
's_POS
convictions_NNS
turn_VB
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
strength_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
film_NN
-_-
"_"
the_DT
apostle_NN
"_"
always_RB
rings_NNS
true_JJ
,_,
even_RB
in_IN
the_DT
most_DT
painful_JJ
moments_NNS
,_,
because_CS
we_PP
know_VB
he_PP
's_BEZ
being_BEG
sincere_JJ
with_IN
the_DT
subject_NN
matter_NN
._.
after_IN
fifteen_CD
years_NNS
of_IN
traveling_VBG
the_DT
country_NN
,_,
listening_VBG
to_IN
all_PDT
shapes_NNS
and_CC
sizes_NNS
of_IN
ministers_NNS
and_CC
taking_VBG
studious_JJ
notes_NNS
on_IN
what_WDT
they_PP
said_VBD
,_,
duvall_NN
has_HVZ
captured_VBN
the_DT
energy_NN
and_CC
vitality_NN
of_IN
what_WDT
it_PP
means_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
truly_RB
spiritual_JJ
._.
his_PP$
sonny_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
man_NN
who_WP
speaks_VBZ
directly_RB
to_IN
god_NP
and_CC
expects_VBZ
to_TO
be_BE
spoken_VBN
right_RB
back_RP
to_IN
._.
"_"
i've_???
always_RB
called_VBN
you_PP
jesus_NP
and_CC
you've_???
always_RB
called_VBN
me_PP
sonny_NN
,_,
"_"
he_PP
says_VBZ
._.
when_CS
neighbors_NNS
call_VB
and_CC
complain_VB
that_DT
he_PP
is_BEZ
being_BEG
too_RB
loud_JJ
one_CD
night_NN
in_IN
one_CD
his_PP$
rants_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
man_NN
upstairs_RB
,_,
sonny_NN
's_POS
mother_NN
(_(
june_NP
carter_NP
cash_NN
)_)
just_RB
hangs_VBZ
up_RP
on_IN
them_PP
because_CS
she_PP
knows_VBZ
there_RB
's_CD
no_DT
sense_NN
trying_VBG
to_IN
interrupt_VB
him_PP
._.
the_DT
main_JJ
theme_NN
to_IN
emerge_VB
from_IN
"_"
the_DT
apostle_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
good_JJ
can_MD
come_VB
from_IN
any_DT
situation_NN
._.
sonny_NN
's_POS
act_NN
of_IN
violence_NN
toward_IN
another_DT
human_JJ
being_NN
is_BEZ
inarguably_RB
a_DT
horrific_JJ
thing_NN
,_,
and_CC
duvall_NN
never_RB
shrinks_VBZ
from_IN
that_DT
fact_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
that_CS
very_RB
same_DT
act_NN
of_IN
violence_NN
is_BEZ
what_WDT
brings_VBZ
sonny_NN
to_IN
bayou_???
boutte_NN
,_,
where_CS
he_PP
finds_VBZ
people_NN
whom_WP
he_PP
desperately_RB
needs_VBZ
and_CC
who_NP
desperately_RB
need_VB
him_PP
._.
in_IN
his_PP$
short_JJ
time_NN
in_IN
louisiana_NP
,_,
he_PP
does_DOZ
a_DT
world_NN
of_IN
good_JJ
,_,
and_CC
when_CS
the_DT
police_NNS
finally_RB
show_VB
up_RP
to_IN
take_VB
him_PP
away_RB
,_,
he_PP
goes_VBZ
quietly_RB
,_,
knowing_VBG
that_CS
he_PP
deserves_VBZ
the_DT
punishment_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
awaiting_VBG
him_PP
._.
and_CC
,_,
as_CS
a_DT
scene_NN
during_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
credits_NNS
shows_VBZ
,_,
he_PP
even_RB
turns_VBZ
his_PP$
punishment_NN
into_IN
a_DT
positive_JJ
opportunity_NN
for_IN
change_NN
and_CC
betterment_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
that_DT
strength_NN
in_IN
sonny_NN
's_POS
character_NN
that_CS
makes_VBZ
him_PP
so_RB
appealing_JJ
and_CC
magnetic_JJ
to_IN
others_NNS
-_-
he_PP
is_BEZ
flawed_JJ
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
is_BEZ
powerful_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
overcome_VB
those_DT
flaws_NNS
._.
weak_JJ
men_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
ones_NNS
who_WP
simply_RB
accept_VB
their_PP$
weaknesses_NNS
and_CC
lack_NN
the_DT
desire_NN
to_IN
better_JJR
themselves_PPX
._.
watching_VBG
duvall_NN
on-screen_IN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
hard_JJ
to_TO
imagine_VB
that_DT
he_PP
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
magnificent_JJ
preacher_NN
if_CS
he_PP
had_HVD
chosen_VBN
that_CS
vocation_NN
over_IN
acting_VBG
._.
as_CS
sonny_NN
,_,
he_PP
completely_RB
inhabits_VBZ
the_DT
character_NN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
performance_NN
is_BEZ
certainly_RB
the_DT
best_JJS
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
because_CS
he_PP
spent_VBD
so_RB
much_DT
time_NN
absorbing_VBG
the_DT
traits_NNS
,_,
methods_NNS
,_,
quirks_NNS
,_,
and_CC
personalities_NNS
of_IN
real_JJ
preachers_NNS
,_,
duvall_NN
was_BEDZ
able_JJ
to_TO
create_VB
a_DT
complete_JJ
character_NN
who_WP
always_RB
feels_VBZ
indelibly_RB
human_JJ
._.
as_CS
a_DT
director_NN
,_,
duvall_NN
feels_VBZ
that_CS
less_DT
is_BEZ
more_DT
._.
his_PP$
camera_NN
simply_RB
takes_VBZ
in_IN
what_WDT
goes_VBZ
on_IN
in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
it_PP
,_,
with_IN
very_RB
little_JJ
intrusion_NN
._.
there_EX
are_BER
no_DT
fancy_JJ
crane_NN
shots_NNS
or_CC
extended_VBN
dollies_NNS
or_CC
excessive_JJ
close-ups_NNS
._.
duvall_NN
knew_VBD
that_CS
the_DT
power_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
characters_NNS
(_(
enhanced_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
he_PP
cast_VB
mostly_RB
non-professional_JJ
churchgoers_NNS
and_CC
actual_JJ
ministers_NNS
)_)
didn't_DOD
need_VB
to_TO
be_BE
artificially_RB
enhanced_VBN
._.
in_IN
this_DT
way_NN
,_,
"_"
the_DT
apostle_NN
"_"
almost_RB
plays_VBZ
out_RP
like_IN
a_DT
documentary_NN
,_,
not_XNOT
only_RB
in_IN
its_PP$
technical_JJ
simplicity_NN
,_,
but_CC
more_DT
importantly_RB
,_,
in_IN
its_PP$
sense_NN
of_IN
reality_NN
._.
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