MINNEAPOLIS (BP)–“Road to Redemption,” a comedy film being released by World Wide Pictures — yes, a comedy from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association — opens in select theaters across the country Feb. 16.
Set on the road between Las Vegas, Nev., and Lake Redemption, Mont., the Road to Redemption for young Amanda Tucker begins when she and her boyfriend wager on a horse race and end up being chased by mobsters for a $250,000 gambling debt.
They decide to turn for help to Amanda’s dear, rich grandfather, Nathan Tucker, whom she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl. Amanda is unaware that her estranged grandfather is a witty, kind and compassionate man with a weak heart, a strong faith in God and a plan of his own. Instead of refusing Amanda, he makes a deal with her to give her the money she wants after she takes a little trip with him to his favorite fishing hole in Lake Redemption, Mont. — the same place where Amanda sat on her Grandpa’s knee so many years before.
The Associated Press has described the film as a lighthearted comedy that seeks to deliver “a moral message to a trendier, younger crowd.” Barry Werner, World Wide Pictures’ director of operations, told the AP, “The humor targets 14-year-olds to 40-year-olds.”
The film’s cast includes Pat Hingle (who played in all four “Batman” movies as Commissioner Gordon, among numerous film and TV roles) as the grandfather and Julie Condra (whose TV and film credits include “The Wonder Years,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Nixon”) as his granddaughter.
The film is written and directed by Robert Vernon, the lead producer, director and writer for the “Adventures in Odyssey” series.
Seven cities are scheduled for the February theater release: Minneapolis; Phoenix; San Antonio; Austin, Texas; Norfolk, Va.; Seattle; Nashville, Tenn.; and Portland, Ore.
A second wave of theater releases begins March 9 in the following cities: San Diego; Cincinnati; Denver; Dallas; Fort Worth; Kansas City, Mo.; and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
The film will be nationally televised in June followed by a video and DVD release. Check your local listing for theater times or visit the website www.roadtoredemption.com.
World Wide Pictures is the motion picture ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association which has produced more than 125 films since its founding in 1952.
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