Film review: Jesus Revolution




Jesus Revolution is a film about preachers that isn’t preachy. It simply tells the story as it unfolded, a story which is based on well documented events. In 1968, Southern California pastor, Chuck Smith, finds that his church is slowly dying and that he is unable to connect with the younger, live-free generation of hippies. After being introduced to a young, Bible believing hippie, Lonnie Frisbee, things take dramatic turn. Frisbee and his Jesus loving friends transform Smith’s church – and that begins a movement. It’s not long before growing numbers mean that a new church is needed and the word begins to spread, through California and beyond. The greatest charismatic, evangelical revival ever seen takes America by storm. The revival was big news at the time, even making the cover of Time magazine. There were reports of supernatural healings and massive numbers being baptised.

This is a film that is worth seeing. It takes a fascinating look at a revival. Kelsey Grammar is superb as the initially bewildered Smith and Jon Erwin (Frisbee) is as charismatic as his character. Other more minor characters are well fleshed out and the film simply seeks to present the facts without asking you to judge them. What nobody can deny is that there was an amazing and incredible growth in the numbers of people becoming Christians during that period – especially young people.

Beautifully produced, shot and acted, Jesus Revolution portrays a unique moment in American history. Even if you are sceptical about such things the film will challenge you to reassess your point of view. It’s showing at a large number of Vue cinemas across the country and is worth seeking out. Visit Jesus Revolution to find out more.

Andy Godfrey

Andy Godfrey is a speaker with Outreach UK and has been in full-time Christian work for many years. He is a founding member of the Mark Kermode Appreciation Society and has a collection of nearly 3,000 movies. He’s also an ardent Bristol City fan.

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