Release Date: October 31, 2000
Starring: David White, Eric Roberts,
Cynthia Watros, Shiek
Mahmud-Bey, Robert La Sardo,
Stacy Keach, & Lawrence Taylor
Genre: Crime Drama
Audience: Older children & adults
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Providence Entertainment
Director: Jon Gunn
Executive Producer: Marta Wells, Dan Wells, Greg
Bowerman, & Karen Bowerman
Producer: Kevin Downes, Bobby Downes,
Geoff Ludlow, Jon Gunn, David
White, & Travis Mann
Writer: John Mann & Jon Gunn
Address Comments To:Signal Hill Pictures
3744 W. Cutler Ave.
Visalia, California 93277
Phone: (559) 733-8370
The story opens with John, played by David White, getting out of prison. Eric Roberts plays Rome who meets him at the prison gate with the offer of another con. John wants to get out of his life of crime, but he thinks he needs money to do so, and Rome is convincing, especially when he shows him the dead body in the trunk. The plan is to con a Japanese billionaire, who wants to buy counterfeit American money.
As the con develops, John escapes the clutches of Rome, survives an exciting car chase and ends up on the doorstep of his twin brother, Jeremiah, who is about to be ordained as a pastor. Jeremiah is a straight arrow all the way. He is so rigid and inflexible that his girlfriend is ready to leave him. Rome mistakes Jeremiah for John and takes him hostage. John tries to pose as his brother the pastor. With their lives switched, each one learns something important about God’s love and grace.
MERCY STREETS has terrific dialogue and characterization. One audience member said, “I didn’t know that Christians made movies as good as this . . .” – quite a compliment indeed!
Hollywood loves crime dramas, the gritty underside of life. This movie treats that area where characters can really explore the human condition in a powerful way without resorting to cheap stereotyping, foul language and excessive violence. Teenagers also love these types of crime dramas, but instead of a movie that will lead them to think that crime pays, MERCY STREETS leads them to the Truth.
MERCY STREETS is a breakthrough movie for Christian filmmakers. It doesn’t rely on biblical conventions as biblical epics and apocalyptic movies do; rather, it tells a redemptive parable in a convincing, powerful way. It should reach a large audience, if only the word gets out.
MERCY STREETS is a breakthrough movie that treats the gritty underside of life in a powerful way without resorting to cheap stereotyping, foul language and excessive violence. Instead of a movie that will lead teenagers to think that crime pays, MERCY STREETS leads them to the Truth. Breaking away from the biblical epic mold, it tells a Christian parable in a convincing, captivating way. As such, it is a masterful piece of moviemaking with a strong Gospel message that compares favorably with Hollywood fare. It should reach a large audience, if only the word gets out