The Gospel (film)

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The Gospel
The Gospel.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRob Hardy
Written byRob Hardy
Produced byWill Packer
StarringBoris Kodjoe
Idris Elba
Clifton Powell
Nona Gaye
CinematographyMatthew MacCarthy
Edited byFernando Villena
Music byStanley A. Smith
Distributed byScreen Gems (through Sony Pictures Releasing[1])
Release date
October 7, 2005 (2005-10-07)
Running time
105 min
CountryUnited States
Budget$4 million
Box office$15.8 million

The Gospel is a 2005 American Christian drama film directed and written by Rob Hardy. It was released in the United States by Screen Gems on October 7, 2005. The film retells the Parable of the Prodigal Son in a modern context.


David, a showbiz artist, performing in nightclubs in Los Angeles, learns that his father who is pastor of an evangelical church in Atlanta is sick, and decides to go home.[2] He learns that Frank has become the second of his father, and that he is married to Charlene.[3] Fred announces to his son that he has a prostate cancer. David gradually abandons his old life and begins to occupy an important position in the church, which will attract Frank's jealousy.[4]


Cameo Appearances[edit]


The soundtrack features the following songs:

  1. He Reigns (Kirk Franklin feat. Papa San)
  2. Victory (Yolanda Adams)
  3. Glorious (Martha Munizzi)
  4. You Are Good (Greg Kirkland)
  5. Still Alive (Kirk Franklin singers)
  6. A Change Is Gonna Come (Deitrick Haddon)
  7. Ooh Child (Urban Mix) (Donnie McClurkin feat. Kirk Franklin)
  8. The Closer I Get to You (Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack)
  9. When I Pray (Interlude) (Joann Rosario)
  10. All Things Are Working (Fred Hammond)
  11. I Need You to Survive (Hezekiah Walker & the Love Fellowship Choir)
  12. Now Behold the Lamb (Tamyra Gray, feat. Idris Elba Serman & Clifton Powell Parable)
  13. Put Your Hands Together (Fred Hammond and Natalie Wilson)


Box office[edit]

Produced on a budget of US$4 million, The Gospel grossed $15.8 million at the North American box office, including $7.5 million from 969 theaters in its opening weekend.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

According to the critic review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, The Gospel has an approval rating of 32% based on 37 reviews by film critics. The website's critics consensus reads, "While it features outstanding musical numbers, The Gospel reduces a series of worthy themes -- faith, family, forgiveness -- to soapy, banal clichés."[6]


The film received three nominations in the Black Reel Awards of 2006: Idris Elba was nominated for Best Actor, Nona Gaye was nominated for Best Actress, and Rob Hardy was nominated for Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted.


  1. ^ "The Gospel (2005)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  2. ^ Laura Kern, The Gospel (2005): A Church Welcomes Home a Wayward Son,, USA, October 7, 2005
  3. ^ Walter Addiego, 'The Gospel's' spirit,, USA, October 10, 2005
  4. ^ Ty Burr, Music redeems confused 'Gospel',, USA, October 7, 2005
  5. ^ "The Gospel". Box Office Mojo. 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-30.
  6. ^ "The Gospel (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. 2009. Retrieved January 15, 2020.

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