Gerard Butler - Machine Gun Preacher - The inspiring true story of a rebel who found his cause. - From the director of Monster's Ball and The Kite Runner


Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption.

When ex-biker-gang member Sam Childers (Butler) makes the life-changing decision to go to East Africa to help repair homes destroyed by civil war, he is outraged by the unspeakable horrors faced by the region’s vulnerable populace, especially the children. Ignoring the warnings of more experienced aide workers, Sam breaks ground for an orphanage where it’s most needed in the middle of territory controlled by the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a renegade militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers before they even reach their teens.

But for Sam, it is not enough to shelter the LRA’s intended victims. Determined to save as many as possible, he leads armed missions deep into enemy territory to retrieve kidnapped children, restoring peace to their lives - and eventually his own. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher also stars Michelle Monaghan (Due Date), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain), Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Academy Award® nominated Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) and Souleymane Sy Savane (“Damages”).

Toronto Internation Film Festival - Official Selection
  • "Powerful, inspirational drama"
    Parade Magazine
  • "Machine Gun Preacher may be one of the few films that both fans of Rambo and The Blind Side can appreciate equally."
    — Toronto Sun
  • "The most moving and powerful movie of the year."
    — WDAF - TV/FOX
  • "...captivating and gripping story."
    — Christianity Today
  • "Critics will rave about Gerard Butler's fast-and-furious performance..."
    Hollywood Reporter
  • "Incredible and inspiring story of redemption."
    — Box Office Magazine
  • " action movie that could inspire people to take action."
    — IN TOUCH