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Joshua (2002 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJon Purdy
Screenplay byBrad Mirman, Keith Giglio
StarringTony Goldwyn
F. Murray Abraham
Giancarlo Giannini
CinematographyBruce Surtees
Edited byRichard Nord
Music byMichael W. Smith
Crusader Entertainment, Epiphany Films LLC, Feelmax
Distributed byArtisan Entertainment, Crusader Entertainment, Moonstone Entertainment, Paramount Studios
Release date
  • 19 April 2002 (2002-04-19)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

Joshua is a 2002 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Joseph F. Girzone. It was produced by Crusader Entertainment LLC and directed by Jon Purdy.[1][2][3]



The movie is about a mysterious man named Joshua who appears in a small town named Auburn and begins changing the lives of everyone he meets, simply by being around them.

Joshua takes up residence in a barn that he rents from Joan Casey to use as his home and woodcarving shop. To the surprise of a local priest, the roof does not leak after Joshua moves in, despite the many holes in it.

The more time Joshua spends in town, the more attention he draws to himself simply by doing what he does. He begins by rebuilding the Baptist Church which was destroyed during a storm the year before. He gets the attention of many locals by carrying a huge log of ash through town and out to his barn, some estimates range that it weighs at least 300 pounds.

Later, Father Tordone of the local Catholic church hires him to carve a statue of the Apostle Peter, to which Joshua responds that it should be made of ash and that he "knows Peter".

Joshua spends his next few weeks helping out anyone he meets, who in return help him rebuild the Baptist Church. He intervenes in a Tent Revival, where a con artist is tricking people into believing that he is healing people through the power of God. Joshua tells him, "You don't have to do it this way", and proceeds to restore sight to a blind woman sitting in the audience.

Father Tordone becomes very suspicious of Joshua's behavior and motives, and tries to convince the Vatican to step in and stop him before he gains more followers and creates his own cult. It isn't until Joshua resurrects a man from the dead that the Catholic Church takes interest in him and invites him to Rome.



The Christian band Third Day also appears in a concert.



The soundtrack includes music by Michael W. Smith, Jaci Velasquez, Mark Schultz, Point of Grace, and Third Day.[4] Third Day makes an appearance in the film at a concert where they play "Come Together".

Reception and box office


Released April 19, 2002, the film went on to garner $1,461,635 during its run. It had its widest release in 43 theaters.[5] Produced on an estimated budget of $9,000,000, the film lost over $7,000,000 and qualified as a box-office bomb as a result.[6]


  1. ^ Leydon, Joe (30 April 2002). "Joshua". Variety. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  2. ^ Willman, Chris (17 March 2020). "Joshua". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Joshua (2002)". Deseret News. 3 August 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Michael W. Smith Other Information".
  5. ^ "Joshua (2002) (2002) - Box Office Mojo". Archived from the original on 2015-10-23.
  6. ^ "Joshua (2002) - IMDb". IMDb.