Texas preacher Euliss "Sonny" Dewey finds his world falling apart when he discovers that his wife Jessie is cheating on him. As fiery-tempered as he is jealous, Sony severely wounds his rival and then flees. Realizing the gravity of his actions, he leaves his wife and children and starts a new life in a small town in Louisiana. Here he makes friends with an elderly preacher, the Reverend Blackwell, and convinces him to form a new congregation, the Church of the One Path to Paradise. He soon becomes known as "the Apostle". His religious zeal, the success of his sermons and an encounter with a woman give him a new serenity. But in the meantime, the man he wounded has died and the time has come for the Apostle to settle his debts with human justice.
Robert Duvall (San Diego, California; 1931), a versatile theater and television actor, began his cinematic career with the movie To Kill a Mockingbird by Robert Mulligan (1962). He has also appeared in such successful films as M.A.S.H., by Robert Altman (1970), The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppola (1974), Network by Sidney Lumet (1976), Colors by Dennis Hopper (1988), The Scarlet Letter by Roland Joffe (1996), Deep Impact by Mimi Leder (1998). In 1983 - after three previous nominations for The Godfather (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979), both directed by Coppola, and for The Great Santini, by Lewis John Carlino (1980) - Robert Duvall won the Oscar for best actor in Tender Mercies by Bruce Beresford.
We're not the Jet Set (doc., 1977), Angelo, My Love (1982), The Apostle (1997).
Director of photography: Barry Markowitz.
Costume designer: Douglas Hall.
Art director: Linda Burton.
Music: David Mansfield.
Editor: Steve Mack.
Cast and characters: Robert Duvall (Sonny, l'apostolo), Farrah Fawcett (Jessie), Miranda Richardson (Tootsie), Todd Allen (Horace), John Beasley (reverendo Blackwell).
Producer: Rob Carliner. Produzione e vendita all'estero: Universal Studios, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, USA, tel. +1-818-7776474, fax +1-818-8662399. Co-
Production company: October Films, 65 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, USA, tel. +1-212-5394000, fax +1-212-5394099.