End of the Spear

End of the Spear

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Director: Jim Hanon

Cast: Jim Hanon, Louie Leonardo, Chad Allen, Chase Ellison

     
 

An indigenous people are turned from a life of violence to a more gentle and forgiving nature in this adventure drama based on a true story. Nate Saint (Chad Allen) is a pilot and Christian missionary who, with his family, lives and works in the jungles of South America near the Amazon. Nate is fascinated by tales he's heard of the Waodani, a violent and aggressive… See more details below

Overview

An indigenous people are turned from a life of violence to a more gentle and forgiving nature in this adventure drama based on a true story. Nate Saint (Chad Allen) is a pilot and Christian missionary who, with his family, lives and works in the jungles of South America near the Amazon. Nate is fascinated by tales he's heard of the Waodani, a violent and aggressive tribe living nearby, and with a group of fellow Christians takes it upon himself to teach them the importance of compassion and forgiveness. However, the leader of the Waodanis, Mincayani (Louie Leonardo), does not trust the white visitors, and believes they may have had something to do with the disappearance of a young girl from his tribe years ago. A meeting between Nate and Mincayani goes terribly wrong thanks to Nate's inability to understand the Waodani language, and Nate and four of his fellow missionaries are savagely murdered by the tribesmen. However, in the final moments of his life, Nate is able to impart a message in Mincayani that bears fruit years later when Steve Saint, Nate's son (also played by Allen) returns to continue the work his father started. End of the Spear was adapted from the true story of Nate Saint and Steve Saint, which was previously brought to the screen in the documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Based on a real-life case covered by Life magazine, End of the Spear recounts the events surrounding the brutal slayings of several Christian U.S. missionaries at the hands of a violent Ecuadorian tribe in the 1950s. The Americans, led by Nate Saint (Chad Allen), have established contact with the Auca, whose violent culture has led them to the brink of extinction. Resisting their efforts, Mincayani (Louie Leonardo) persuades his fellow tribesmen that the foreigners have abducted and eaten a member of the tribe, Dayumae (Christina Souza), and he incites them to kill the interlopers. But Dayumae, who has in fact run away from the Auca, returns, bringing along three Americans who survived the slaughter. The story's intriguing hook is that the missionaries are eventually joined by their slain colleagues' surviving family members, who come from America to live among the Auca, striving to impart the principles of peace and forgiveness. Director Jim Hanon, who also co-wrote the script, occasionally loses his way: The story's point of view too often shifts from the Auca to the Americans. There's also a somewhat intrusive voice-over narration -- by Allen, in the guise of Saint's son Steve, whose ultimate embrace of his father's killers brings closure at the film's climax. Still, the basic plot compels viewer attention throughout, and Hanon's limning of the Aucas' lifestyle is nothing less than fascinating.
All Movie Guide
Missionaries bent on bringing Christianity to "the savages" don't always make the most sympathetic protagonists. But it's also a question of the degree to which those characteristics are shoved in viewers' faces. In Jim Hanon's End of the Spear, it's refreshingly little, leaving the missionaries a lot closer to their idealized version: good people who want to bring medicine and other modern conveniences to cultures that have none. End of the Spear shapes itself into an involving and occasionally wrenching story as it goes along, but it starts out pretty inauspiciously. In the opening passages, the acting, scripting, and action choreography are all rudimentary at best, which draws extra attention to the film's lack of stars and squareness of purpose. (The action is intentionally restrained in accordance with the family-friendly PG-13 rating.) But as the narrative progresses, characters drawn with initially broad strokes start to feel like real people, and the complexities of integrating cultures -- especially when they share no language skills, but only a history of mutual distrust -- really come to the fore. There's a real bravery required on both sides in reaching out to the other, and the reward is rich: a realization that they share substantially the same hopes and fears, and an eagerness to try peace before resorting to war. The fact that End of the Spear is based on a true story -- and that footage of the real people is included over the closing credits -- excuses the film's earnestness, which at points is a little too intense. By the time the viewer has taken the whole journey, not only does End of the Spear no longer feel simplistic, but it has a remarkable profundity -- especially in the double meaning of the title, which contains equal doses of regret and hope.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
UPC:
0024543245704
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; FOX Anti Piracy Trailer; Beyond the Gates of Splendor Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louie Leonardo Mincayani
Chad Allen Nate Saint/Steve Saint
Chase Ellison Young Steve Saint
Sara Kathryn Bakker Rachel Saint
Cara Stoner Marj Saint
Jack Guzman Kimo
Christina Souza Dayumae
Gil Birmingham Actor

Technical Credits
Jim Hanon Director,Screenwriter
Joseph Bonn Sound Editor
Bill Bowling Associate Producer
Mari-An Ceo Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Clymer Associate Producer
Robert A. Driskell Cinematographer
Bill Ewing Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Fincannon Casting
Bart Gavigan Producer,Screenwriter
Mart Green Producer
Miles Hanon Editor
Jeff LeGore Art Director
Clarence Major Production Designer
Robert Marts Sound/Sound Designer
Eugene Mazzola Executive Producer
Kevin McAfee Executive Producer
Tom Newman Producer
Ronald Owen Score Composer
Sara Rossi Asst. Director
Shaun Smith Makeup
Lamer Walker Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- End of the Spear (P&S)
1. Main Titles / True Peace [2:07]
2. Savage Attack [4:12]
3. Saving Dayumae [:41]
4. Contact in Sector 6 [3:26]
5. One Chance [3:47]
6. "Your Sincere Friend" [2:15]
7. 93 Million Miles [4:28]
8. Language Barrier [1:39]
9. Deceit [5:24]
10. Massacre [1:23]
11. Aftermath [5:31]
12. The Lie Revealed [1:24]
13. Cycle of Violence [6:16]
14. Forgiveness [:05]
15. Only Spirits [1:38]
16. Tribal Life [4:43]
17. The Aenomenani [:25]
18. Polio [4:16]
19. Quarantined [2:44]
20. Jumping the Great Boa [:11]
21. Saying Goodbye [6:27]
22. Family [6:53]
23. End of the Spear [:15]
24. Epilogue / End Titles [1:56]
Disc #1, Side B -- End of the Spear (WS)
1. Main Titles / True Peace [2:07]
2. Savage Attack [4:12]
3. Saving Dayumae [:41]
4. Contact in Sector 6 [3:26]
5. One Chance [3:47]
6. "Your Sincere Friend" [2:15]
7. 93 Million Miles [4:28]
8. Language Barrier [1:39]
9. Deceit [5:24]
10. Massacre [1:23]
11. Aftermath [5:31]
12. The Lie Revealed [1:24]
13. Cycle of Violence [6:16]
14. Forgiveness [:05]
15. Only Spirits [1:38]
16. Tribal Life [4:43]
17. The Aenomenani [:25]
18. Polio [4:16]
19. Quarantined [2:44]
20. Jumping the Great Boa [:11]
21. Saying Goodbye [6:27]
22. Family [6:53]
23. End of the Spear [:15]
24. Epilogue / End Titles [1:56]

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