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Road to Redemption
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(based on 12 reviews)
Sales Rank: 51698
Category: DVD

Director: Robert Vernon (ii)
Publisher: Ross Records
Studio: Ross Records
Manufacturer: Ross Records
Label: Ross Records
Format: Color, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Unknown)
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Media: DVD
Number Of Items: 1

UPC: 731635002205
EAN: 0731635002205

Release Date: December 4, 2001
Theatrical Release Date: November 30, 2000
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:
Christian comedy Road to Redemption has a lot going for it, including a cute concept, sharp comic direction, and a winning cast bound to give the film crossover appeal to secular audiences. A financially strapped couple, Amanda (Julie Condra) and Alan (Jay Underwood), "borrow" $250,000 from Amanda's mobster boss, Santoro (Leo Rossi), and bet it all on a racehorse that doesn't come through. Terrified of Santoro's wrath, Amanda goes in search of her wealthy grandfather, Nathan (Pat Hingle), who is in ill health but agrees to give her the money if she'll go fishing with him in Montana--more than a thousand miles away. Meanwhile, Alan is forced by Santoro to accompany an enforcer, Vincent (Tony Longo), and a tracker (Wes Studi) to catch up with Amanda and get the cash. The latter situation yields a lot of laughs, especially through feckless Alan's unlikely friendship with Vincent, with whom he bonds over eight-track recordings of David Cassidy's greatest hits. Amanda and Nathan are also funny together but have many poignant experiences as well, including Nathan's gentle explanations about the comfort he takes in his relationship with God. Writer-director Robert Vernon makes it all crackling entertainment with a real heart. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:   Read 7 more reviews...

5 out of 5 stars Awesome entertaining entertaining comedy with a message   November 30, 2005
  3 out of 4 found this review helpful

This is simply one the best movies I've seen in a very long time.
I wasn't expecting much when I sat down to watch but was surprised how much I was moved watching it. The base of the movie is comedy but I also found myself being anxious and moved to tears, especially at the end. It's actually a very happy ending, but it makes you cry. It's also got some nice stunts and a cool car chase.
The Christian message of salvation is wonderfully done in this movie and I think appeals to everyone. I highly highly recommend this movie for your collection and to give to others who need some joy and hope in their lives.

5 out of 5 stars Very funny and moving   April 26, 2004
  15 out of 15 found this review helpful

It's always a risk to buy a DVD sight unseen, but I bought this gem based on some reviews I've read and the fact that it's made by Worldwide Pictures who have produced some great movies (Vow to Cherish, Something to sing about).

Road to Redemption tells of a young couple Amanda Tucker (the lovely Julie Condra) and Alan Fischer (Jay Underwood) who are sick of struggling along financially so "borrow" some money from Amanda's boss who also happens to be a Mob boss, along with the money comes racing tips for some fixed races so off they go to the racing track. All does not go to plan and Amanda finds herself having to leave town to track down her Grandfather Nathan (Pat Hingle) in order to hit him up for some cash so she can pay back her boss.

There are some excellent performances put in by the lead actors as well as the supporting mobsters Tony Longo as Vincent the enforcer is very amusing as it Wes Studi as Frank Lightfoot. There are some real funny set pieces in this film and some of it reminded me of the also excellent Dumb and Dumber (minus the crudeness).

Road to Redemption is a family friendly comedy with real heart. It's extremely amusing and a joy to watch. It also very moving and touching as well as Amanda gets to know her Grandfather and learns about what is most important in life. I recommend it whole-heartily for anyone needing a good laugh and it's refreshingly free from smut, foul language and jokes made in bad taste.

Enjoy this film and thanks for reading.

5 out of 5 stars Is the Mob after you? God can handle it!   April 30, 2003
  4 out of 4 found this review helpful

This is one Christian film that lots of people will enjoy. I mean believers in Christ and non-believers. It's a great insight on following the road to Christ. It's about a couple, Amanda (Julie Condra) and Alan (Jay Underwood) who found stolen mob money. They decide to gamble the money on horse racing and lose the money. The gangsters find out about this and go after the couple. The grandaughter, Amanda seeks the help of her wealthy grandpa Nathan (Pat Hingle) for the money she needs to pay back the mob. But grandpa has plans. It seems he "got religion" and is willing to give her the money. But she has to drive him to visit his favorite fishing hole some 800 miles away. There are some breathe-taking scenes of Utah. So they're all on the run from the mob and along the way learn a valuable lesson of choices and consequences. In the meantime, God gets Amanda's attention and God gives the mob a run for their money. The movie is rated PG for thematic elements and mild violent content, but still a clean Christian movie. It's advised that very young children shouldn't view this. For older teens and adults may find a lesson to be learned that doing something you know is wrong can only get you into deeper trouble. Billy Graham's 'Road to Redemption' is really a great movie with a great message to lead those to Christ.

5 out of 5 stars This movie is really great!   March 19, 2003
  1 out of 1 found this review helpful

We had movie night this past Sunday at church, and I have to tell you that this movie really moved within the church. I thought it was going to be a cheesy movie, but little did I know that the movie was going to be awesome. I think that this movie would make a great witnessing tool for non-believers to get an insight of how someone would come to know Christ. God Bless All!!

5 out of 5 stars A Creative Christian Comedy   April 20, 2002
  7 out of 7 found this review helpful

Yes, it's corny at times, but if you do corny just right, you can not only get away with it, but it can be great entertainment! Most comedies end up trying to be funny by getting as close to the border of offensive as possible. It is SOOOO refreshing to find something that makes you laugh that you also don't feel like trashing in the next scene. The story starts out a bit weird and corny and develops into a humorous, dramatic, heartwarming tale of what real meaning in life is about. It is unique in it's genre, in a world full of too many rapture, end-days Christian movies or the alternate end of the road, then get saved variety. Yet, at the same time, it effectively assaults the shallow thinking of today's society with looking beyond the veil. Try the movie, make sure you get past the 1st 10 minutes and I think you'll love it.

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