September 30th, 2011



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When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.1/10 (4,775 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Alex Kendrick

Stars: Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they face danger every day. Yet when tragedy strikes close to home, these fathers are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, and their faith. From this struggle will come a decision that changes all of their lives. With action, drama, and humor, the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures embraces God's promise to "turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers." Souls will be stirred, and hearts will be challenged to be ... courageous!

Writers: Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick

Alex Kendrick - Adam Mitchell
Ken Bevel - Nathan Hayes
Ben Davies - David Thomson
Kevin Downes - Shane Fuller
Robert Amaya - Javier Martinez
T.C. Stallings - T.J
Rusty Martin - Dylan Mitchell
Angelita Nelson - Carmen Martinez
Lauren Etchells - Emily Mitchell
Rusty Martin Sr. - Frank Tyson
Jessa Duggar - Girl at Funeral
Joy-Anna Duggar - Girl Crying at Funeral (as Joy Duggar)
Eleanor Brown - Kayla Hayes
Renee Jewell - Victoria Mitchell
Ed Litton - Pastor Hunt

Taglines: Four men, one calling: To serve and protect


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Release Date: 30 September 2011

Filming Locations: Albany, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,063,147 (USA) (2 October 2011) (1161 Screens)

Gross: $34,522,221 (USA) (22 January 2012)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

The girl listed in the cast as "Girl crying at Funeral" is Joy-Anna Duggar, a member of the Duggar family, the famous large Christian family of "17 kids and Counting".

Continuity: When Shane is removing bags of cocaine from the evidence bag, he is wearing plastic gloves. However, when Adam comes in and catches Shane in the act, Shane stands up and reaches into his pants pocket and tosses the bags on the desk, but he isn't wearing any gloves at all.

Pastor Hunt: I have heard many people say, who have lost a loved one, that in some ways it is like learning to live with an amputation. You do heal, but you are never the same.

User Review

Reality Movie vs. Reality TV

Rating: 10/10

Reality TV is not really real. I mean, I have no friends who've been stranded on an island or locked in a house (nor, as far as I know, has that happened to people who don't like me). In contrast, the movie, Courageous, truly reveals the reality of life. This highly entertaining film is about the struggles of fatherhood. Which of us guys hasn't struggled with the boundaries between work and home?

The story centers on a group of law enforcement officers and is filled with action, outstanding humor and at times, some tough emotional moments. At the show I attended, everyone cried. They cried at some tragic moments and at some moments of great relief. At my side was a good buddy who is a successful business pro and strong family man. He & I both walked away with some deeper awareness of how we could be better fathers to our kids and to our brides.

So there are also some distinct learning moments that makes this film much more than just an escape from reality. How often do you have an opportunity to take someone to a movie that has trailing impact on your life? I'll suggest you get some Dads together to watch Courageous and sit down for a meal afterward to talk about what it showed you were doing well, or right - and what you could be working on to better build into your family and their future. Powerfully-told story with an outstanding cast.


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