Least Among You

The Least Among You

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Director: Mark Young

Cast: Louis Gossett Jr., Lauren Holly, William Devane

     
 
Inspired by a true story, the directorial debut of filmmaker Mark Young tells the tale of a young black man who is railroaded by police following the 1965 Watts riots, and subsequently forced to endure a year's probation at an all-white seminary. His demons wrestling with his destiny, the man (Cedric Sanders) struggles to remain strong in the face of incredible

Overview

Inspired by a true story, the directorial debut of filmmaker Mark Young tells the tale of a young black man who is railroaded by police following the 1965 Watts riots, and subsequently forced to endure a year's probation at an all-white seminary. His demons wrestling with his destiny, the man (Cedric Sanders) struggles to remain strong in the face of incredible adversity. Louis Gossett Jr. co-stars.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
UPC:
0031398124498
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
56,626

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Rev. Dr. Charles Marks - The Real Richard Kelly" Featurette; ; Behind-the-Scenes Featurette; Interviews with Editor Omar Daher and Composer Mark Kilian; Deleted Scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louis Gossett Samuel Benton
Lauren Holly Kate Allison
William Devane Alan Beckett
Cedric Sanders Richard Kelly
Cory C. Hardrict Actor
Siena Goines Actor
John Reynolds Actor

Technical Credits
Mark Young Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Alycia Belle Costumes/Costume Designer
Omar Daher Editor
Chris Giammalvo Production Designer
Mark Kilian Score Composer
Matthew Malouf Executive Producer
Ricki G. Maslar Casting
Zoran Popovic Cinematographer
Brian Swette Executive Producer
Julia Verdin Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Least Among You
1. Taking The Deal [9:25]
2. Seminary [8:19]
3. Integration [8:39]
4. What's Inside [7:43]
5. Surrender To Faith [7:32]
6. Getting Help With The Natives [8:31]
7. Where Is It Leading? [7:32]
8. Never Look Back [8:00]
9. The Admendment [8:00]
10. Call To Faith [9:44]
11. And The Seas Parted [8:03]
12. Epilogue/End Credits [5:25]

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The Least Among You 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
OneGoodRead More than 1 year ago
I honestly have to say, I wasn't impressed with the movie. It wasn't at all what I expected and that's fine, but I wasn't impressed. I realize the point was to show how difficult it was for Richard Kelly and I'm sure they tried to stay true to the story, but I couldn't get into it. It felt like a snoozefest for me. I really had a difficult time forcing myself to watch it. There were several times throughout the movie I actually stopped it to do housework for a break LOL. I would recommend this movie to someone who needs to fall asleep quickly. I rate this movie a snore, pass it by. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Jesse37 More than 1 year ago
The Least Among You (based on a true story) tells the story of Richard Kelly, a black student at an all-white seminary in the 1960's. At the beginning of the movie we learn that Richard has landed a highly coveted job in the computer industry, in spite of his mother's wishes that he go to seminary to become a minister. Things don't quite turn out the way he had planned though, as he is charged with a crime he did not commit and is promptly thrown in jail. A family friend is able to get him out of jail on a plea bargain, but one of the conditions is that he serve a year's probation at seminary. The movie then shows Richard's struggles at seminary. Richard has no real intention of becoming a minister, and doesn't even want anything to do with God. All he wanted was to study hard and get good grades so he could finish his probation and get back to his computer job, but he quickly discovers that the school president has more in mind. The school president wants him to pave the way for future black students at the seminary. Shortly after arriving at seminary Richard meets Samuel, the gardener, and over time they develop a friendship that in someways resembled a father-son relationship. Throughout his time at seminary, we see prejudice on several different levels, and Richard's struggles to rise above it. Ultimately, the story is about redemption and doing what is right regardless of the cost. I received this DVD free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
jakemalloy More than 1 year ago
Tonight I watched The Least Among You with Tiffany. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I intended to multitask as I watched, but I never picked up anything else as I watched. I have always had a sensitive spot for issues of race (why I'm particularly sensitive to it above other things, I'm not sure), and this was no exceptions. I wasn't quite able to choke back every tear. I especially bonded with one scene where the main character faced a "walk away now and all this will be wiped away" moment, drawing me to a night among tents where my commander said he would drop some 15 charges of disobeying orders if I renounced my conscientious objection. I recommend this film. It has great visual and audio quality. It is based on a true story with special features giving more insight into the original happenings. It challenges people to look into the complexities of faith and race. I'm glad I used my precious little free time to view this film. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
tiffmalloy More than 1 year ago
Now that my semester is officially over (cheers!), I will be pouring some of my free time into watching good movies and reading interesting books...two of my favorite things! The other evening, Jake, Ashley and I watched the movie The Least Among You. It's produced by Lionsgate, which (I think) is a Christian production company. You can read about what it's about on IMBD. I just have to say that I really liked the movie because of the interesting issues that it brings up- not only in how things were in the 60s and 70s, but how things are today regarding race, diversity, and the church. For people who are interested in thinking more about this topic, this would be a really good movie to watch to begin conversations... what if you used it in a small group or with a group of friends to kick off some good and really important conversations? Diversity is a really hard thing for people in general to deal with- it doesn't matter if it's because of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, or education level. People just have a hard time really accepting and loving and embracing people who are "other." Watch The Least Among You and allow these issues to bubble up inside of you, and be sure to have time to reflect and ruminate in whatever is going on inside of you after the credits start rolling. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
nofse More than 1 year ago
Richard Kelly is a smart and ambitious young man who just can't seem to get a break. He is judged and prejudged, and just keeps ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the most incredible of circumstances, he not only finds his way, he also helps others open their eyes to one of the biggest wrongs in this country. With the odds stacked against him, he abandons his dreams, stands up for what is right, and finds a new God-lead destiny along the way. This film, without a doubt, is one of the most compelling and touching stories I've seen in a very long time. The things this young man goes through- I can't even imagine how he was inwardly tortured. I laughed, cried, cheered, and cried some more. The fact that this movie is based on a true story makes it even more touching. It is a must see for the entire family, or for an entire church group; with a lesson so large it literally jumps off the screen.
ASE More than 1 year ago
The Least Among You, a movie inspired by a true story is described like this: "Arrested in the 1965 Watts riots, Richard Kelly (Cedric Sanders) must serve probation at an all-white seminary. Although encouraged to break racial boundaries by its president Alan Beckett (William Devane), the school wants black followers, not leaders. Even former missionary Kate Allison (Lauren Holly) initially rejects Richard. With a prison sentence looming, Richard meets Samuel Benton (Louis Gossett, Jr.)-"the gardener in the basement." As Samuel guides him through his many trials, Richard must choose between his dreams and his destiny." I've always been drawn to movies that are based on/inspired by true stories and add to that some great actors-William Devane who I most remember from Knots Landing, Lauren Holly from Picket Fences and NCIS, and Louis Gosset, Jr, a wonderful actor who needs no introduction-and I was really looking forward to getting and watching this DVD! Sad to say, but I was extremely disappointed. While the story itself was good and had a great message, it was one of the slowest, most drawn out movies I've ever seen and to be honest I had a hard time watching it all the way through.
Jina143 More than 1 year ago
'The Least Among You' by Lionsgate and Birchwood Pictures featuring Cedric Sanders (Richard Kelly), William Devane (Alan Beckett), Louis Gossett, Jr. (Samuel Benton), Lauren Holly (Kate Allison) is about a young man who goes to seminary in order to escape the life of the ghetto. What he doesn't know is that he's the first black student at the seminary. He faces prejudice from classmates and teachers alike and struggles to get through the first semester. Along the way, he is changed and the people around him as well go through various transformations. The film also portrays the variety of prejudices that exist in our society. In the end though justice is served I feel that the film could have been a little more interesting (It ended up being stereotyped and clichéd) had the plot taken a bolder approach towards the issues of racial discrimination, petty politics etc. Overall all it is a family movie and one that people of all ages can enjoy.
AG_10 More than 1 year ago
The Least Among You, starring Louis Gossett, Jr., relates the true story of a young black man, Richard Kelly (Cedric Sanders), who is arrested during race riots in the 1960s and as a result finds himself enrolled in an all-white seminary according to the terms of his probation. Although the seminary president (William Devane)--for political reasons--encourages Kelly to take a leadership role at the school, Kelly faces hostility from his classmates and professors. Only when Kelly forges a relationship with the older black custodian of the school, Samuel Benton (Louis Gosset, Jr.), does Kelly begin to develop the spiritual depth required for him to truly step out in leadership at the seminary. As I am an avid DVD watcher, I was looking forward to receiving and watching this DVD. And watch I did the weekend after I got it. The movie was ok. I found the movie to be dragging and somewhat boring. I was shocked when the main character cursed in the reference that he did. I was almost ready to turn the movie off then because I was expecting that it being a family approved movie and from Thomas Nelson, that I would not hear any cursing. The acting was good. I loved watching Louis Gosset Jr. He was wonderful. Lauren Holly....she is good. The movie is not one that I would watch again and to me a movie that I would watch again...and maybe again is a good movie. The soundtrack left something to be desired and it I found the movie to be "dark" as in the actual lighting of the film. I would not recommend this movie to anyone else and especially not to anyone who wants to watch this as a family. Really, do you need cursing in a movie...even if it is ONE word....come on!!! This movie was given to me by Thomas Nelson and I have recieved no monetary gain for my review.
AFulwood More than 1 year ago
The Least Among You is film written and directed by Mark Young. It's a story of a young man who is falsely arrested and faces prison. He is offered an alternative. Attend a all white seminary on probation for two semesters. The story is based on the actually events of real life minister Richard Kelly portrayed by Cedric Sanders. So many layers to explore in this story. It should be a much better film. However the filmmakers missed opportunites to deepen the story and I was left disappointed by the telling. One thing obvious in the movie is the faith of Richard's Mother. However other than a few short scenes in the beginning we don't see her again. We learn from brief phone conversations with Richard his younger brother disturbing news about their mother. Yet we don't see her again. A missed opportunity. Two scenes in the movie depict brutal acts of violence. Based on that, I wouldn't recommend it for children of any age. Especially when one act of violence is against a child. All the violence against Richard was perpetrated by other African Americans. It was if the film maker was saying, his problem was really with his own people and environment, not the blatant racism at the school. That made me uncomfortable. The film is however well acted with gifted people like Louis Gossett Jr., William DeVane and Lauren Holly. Ms. Holly's performance was incredible. I wanted to know more about her character and the pain she suffered. Yet once again a missed opportunity and more disappointment. I am a member of Book Sneeze you can be too!
IgniteSuccess More than 1 year ago
People often argue that leaders are either born or made. This movie takes a different stance and argues that leaders are chosen. Inspired by a true story, this movie tells the story of Richard Kelly who is the first African American to attend an all-caucasian seminary in 1965. Forced to give up a life-changing career in computer technology, he is court ordered to attend this school in which he received a full scholarship from the dean. Richard suffers through many hard times at the school, but the Dean and a fell African American maintenance man guide him and coach him to becoming a leader within the school. In this story, Richard was chosen to be a leader for the school to move them forward and break down the race barriers that previously existed there. Although this is a slow movie, it offers great lessons in leadership and acceptance. It is more likely to be a film used in classrooms than in box offices and may require some discussions with younger students in order for them to understand the importance of Richard's actions and leadership trials. Recommendation: If you are looking for some videos on leadership or diversity, I would recommend adding this one to your collection. However, if you're looking for an entertaining movie I would move on to something that has a little faster pace.
lynette355 More than 1 year ago
We had so much fun the other night with family movie night that I want to do it all over again. But this time we are watching The Least Among You this time. Now tonight is Dear's last night away from home. So....it may just be College Girl, Granny M and myself. But I have the niece and nephew along with their 3 kiddos staying here for now. Seems that is plenty for a great big ol nest and fun times. Here is what they say about the movie. Arrested in the 1965 Watts riots, Richard Kelly (Cedric Sanders) must serve probation at an all-white seminary. Although encouraged to break racial boundaries by its president Alan Beckett (William Devane), the school wants black followers not leaders. Even former missionary, Kate Allison (Lauren Holly), initially rejects Richard. A prison sentence looming, Richard meets Samuel Benton (Louis Gossett, Jr.) -- "the gardener in the basement." As Samuel guides Richard through his many trials, Richard must choose between his dreams and his destiny. Oh that is some really good actors there. I love Louis Gossett Jr and Lauren Holly too. I think we are in for a good evening. Wanna join us? I think we are in for a good time. Not only with the actor line up but also based on a true story. It seems that we would be transformed back to a time that we can really learn from. It is amazing to see the difference that has happened in these last 50 years. I bet they would have never guessed that we would have a black president now. Pretty big change there. From not wanting black leaders in the church to now having the leader of our country a black man. Some would still fight against this. Instead we have worked hard on becoming a nation that embraces the differences in people and supporting the ways we can work together to help each other.
rmattos More than 1 year ago
This is a magnificent movie based on a true story. A young black man - Cedrid Sanders as Richard Kelly- is arrested during 1965 Watts riots, while trying to stop the violence. The deal that was made in order for him to leave the prison is that he needs to attend an all-white seminary. Although not willing to take the deal, he accepts it,through pressure of his mother. Over the seminary he suffered all types of intimidation from colleagues and from professors as well. His mother got sick and he needed money to treat her and he got envolved in a series of events that could compromise his studies and his liberty. But through the orientation of Samuel Benton - Louis Gosset Jr. in a supperb work as an elderly janitor at the seminary - he is guided during his many trials. Even former missionary Kate Allison - played by Lauren Holly - initially rejects Richard, but as per seminary's president -William Devane as Alan Beckett - request, she ended up helping him is his quest to bring more black students and black professors to the seminary. At the end, after being transformed by the circunstances, he must chose between his dream and the call from God to be a servant. This is a movie I recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy a very nice cast in a very beautiful production. The movie is 97 minutes long and was produced by Witenuckle LLC & Rough Diamond Productions. Thomas Nelson group were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program.
Isacar More than 1 year ago
The Least Among You is the story of a young black man in 1965 just after the Watts Riots in Las Angeles. At first this story appears to be about racism. Richard, the protagonist, is thrust into an all-white seminary and must deal with the prejudice of the other students. However, that is just the back drop to a beautiful story about finding the joy buried in pain. Richard's quest to bring racial integration to the school causes a lot of friction, and brings new life to complacent students and faculty. His pain from shattered dreams leads to the mending of shattered lives. The fact that this is based on a true story only makes this movie better. I highly recommend it to people who like inspirational stories like Remember the Titans (even though this has nothing to do with sports) and Freedom Writers.
LisaLickel0 More than 1 year ago
Review of The Least Among You Lionsgate ISBN-13: 9781400316946 Publisher: Tommy Nelson $21.95 Starring Louis Gossett, Jr., Lauren Holly, William Devane, Cedric Sanders Not suitable for young children. The Least Among You was based on a true story. The producer admits that after he first read the script, he put it away for ten years. The Least Among You is a hard story set during the difficult days of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Richard Kelly's (Cedric Sanders) mother has higher dreams for her son than his white collar computer job offer. Unbeknownst to him, she applies to a graduate school program on his behalf, and he was accepted. During the race-based rioting in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, young African American Richard is reluctantly involved and arrested. His mother's influence and lawyer's recommendation get Richard parole - as long as he attends the graduate school program he's been accepted to and maintains a high grade point. Graduate school is a free ride - tuition, room and board - which is a great achievement for Richard's mother, especially with her essay that helped sway the board president's (William Devane) decision to offer the scholarship. Unfortunately for Richard, graduate school is an all-white seminary. Richard doesn't even know what he believes in, but it isn't God, particularly the God of the white male seminarians who obviously somehow missed the part about everyone being equal in the eyes of God in their all-white Bible. Richard cannot accept a God who let down the only female professor (Lauren Holly) who once served as a missionary in Africa but whose heart is so bitter it's all she can do to hold herself together. Richard's encounter with the black maintenance man (Louis Gossett Jr.) and his Jamaican wife who live in the basement and take him under their wings Richard has more of a problem than overcoming prejudice that keeps his grades barely acceptable, His mother is gravely ill and, with no insurance and tiny income, Richard needs to find a way to help. When his friend offers to let him make a drug delivery in exchange for the cash, he agrees. The deal goes way south and eventually Richard must decide whose side he's on. During his time at school faith becomes real to Richard. Not even the pretentious mealy-mouthed seminary president nor the despair of the age can keep him from putting his beliefs into practice to help create a better world. Told in occasionally confusing flash back and forward and sideways, the story is a harsh bite of reality for a society that still has a way to go to appreciate each other. Hopefully stories like this beautifully acted one will continue to shine the light.
JaneyD1 More than 1 year ago
The Least Among You is based on the true story of Richard Kelly, a black man who becomes the victim of racial injustice and religious hypocrisy. After graduating from college, Kelly (Cedric Sanders) makes a successful career in the corporate world where he is accused of participating in the 1965 Watts riots and arrested. A plea bargain is made for Kelly's release-one that will change his life drastically, and change the lives of other blacks thereafter. He agrees to study in an all-white seminary for two semesters. As the first and only black student encouraged by the president to rise above the racial barrier, Kelly becomes the center of distasteful provocation. Surrounded by hypocrisy, corruption, indifference and disillusionment, his leadership qualities-and his faith-are tested almost to breaking point. During his darkest moment, Kelly meets someone whose light shines in spite of hardships-the janitor, a God-fearing black man who becomes a father-figure and inspiration to Kelly. Meanwhile, Kelly's own relationship with God helps rekindle faith in the heart of a disillusioned ex-missionary. God is at work on every side. The Least Among You can be summed up in these words: Inspiring. Highly recommended. Well worth seeing. I reviewed this DVD for Thomas Nelson Publishers. Janey L. DeMeo M.A. Copyright © October 2010
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ministerdoc More than 1 year ago
The Least Among You (DVD) By Lionsgate Films Inspired By a True Story Another Example of God Using People Least Likely. This Is A Wonderful Story Of Being Called To Lead In Difficult Times. I Enjoyed This Movie Greatly . Christian Movies Are Getting Much Better. This Was Well Written Well Directed,And Well Acted With Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr. Lauren Holly, And William Devane.I Reccomend This Movie.It Will Lift Your Spirit . Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
GrandmaJean8109 More than 1 year ago
Leaders are not chosen, they are called. Inspired by a true story. Arrested in the 1965 Watts riots, Richard Kelly (Cedric Sanders) must serve probation at an all-white seminary. Although encouraged to break racial boundaries by its president Alan Beckett (William Devane), the school wants black followers not leaders. Even former missionary, Kate Allison (Lauren Holly), initially rejects Richard. A prison sentence looming, Richard meets Samuel Benton (Louis Gossett, Jr.) -- "the gardener in the basement." As Samuel guides Richard through his many trials, Richard must choose between his dreams and his destiny. My Review The Least Among You is a film about racism, religion, self-worth, and hope. It's an inspiring story. It's not easy attending seminary when you're not dedicated to the pulpit, but it's even harder when you're the only black in an all-white school. The Least Among You is about a confused young man who stands on his own and thrives. Richard has to make it through two semesters in order to stay out of prison after his false arrest at the 1965 Watts Riots. He faces racism and daily abuse from other students, but finds hope and help from the school gardener. The Least Among You, shows how stereotyping and prejudice affects people from many different arvenues including race, religion, economic status, and geographic location. Richard finds out about himself and his beliefs and the life that is best for him. A very moving movie. Everyone should see this. Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this movie.
ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
My hubs and I stayed up after the kids went to bed to watch this movie. I'm glad the kids were NOT in the room. I was not impressed with the bad language especially since it has a family approved sticker on the front of the case. My hubs said "the movie didn't get into detail enough with the missionary's hardship in Africa or the Dean's wife's sickness." He too felt - that they had missed some major details and kept you out of the loop. So, all in all, I would not recommend this movie for Family Movie Night. Blessings to you! You are loved! Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say other than WOW. This was an amazing movie. My family and I are movie lovers and, with two young grandchildren, we have to watch what we watch. So, when this particular movie became available to review, I was excited about the chance to review it. I felt that it would be a wonderful lesson for my young children to see that color is just that. Color. It doesn't make us any different in Gods eyes. We are all the same no matter our age, race or denomination. This movie not only had wonderful actors and actresses to round out the plot, it was entertaining in the way that gets your gears in your mind to rolling. I cried a little and I laughed a little but most importantly, I felt the love of God shine through this movie and I recommend it HIGHLY to everyone. ~A Copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. ~I do not receive financial compensation for any of my reviews. I do however from time to time receive complimentary review books to read and post HONEST reviews, positive and negative. The acceptance of a book does not guarantee a positive review.~
MSaff More than 1 year ago
"The Least Among You" a production of Lionsgate and presented by Witenuckle LLC & Rough Diamond Productions, is a movie based on a true story of faith, family and commitment. Richard Kelly, played by Cedric Sanders, is a young man arrested during the 1965 Watts Riots for beating a police officer. He is sentenced to probation, providing he attends an all White Seminary. When Kelly arrives at the seminary, he finds obstacles there that dwarf those on the outside world. What I expected was to be watching the trials and tribulations of faith in one young man, only to find that many if not all of the characters in this film were battling with their own faith and commitment. This movie has many top name actors. Louis Gossett, Jr,, the gardener, Lauren Holly, the schools' only female professor, and William Devane, the schools' administrator are just a few of the wonderful actors which bring this story to life. Along the way Kelly, played by Cedric Sanders, finds that he is bucking a system at every turn, yet keeps fighting for what is right. He finds a mentor in Samuel Benton, the gardener, played by Louis Gossett Jr. My favorite line in this movie is "Leaders are not chosen, they're called." God speaks to each and every one of us in His own way. We need to listen and be ready to do His work. As the title implies, it is not always the strong and mighty that are called, but in most cases the weakest or the least of us are to take charge when change needs to be made. This is a wonderful movie that should be an inspiration to anyone who sees it.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
"The Least Among You" a production of Lionsgate and presented by Witenuckle LLC & Rough Diamond Productions, is a movie based on a true story of faith, family and commitment. Richard Kelly, played by Cedric Sanders, is a young man arrested during the 1965 Watts Riots for beating a police officer. He is sentenced to probation, providing he attends an all White Seminary. When Kelly arrives at the seminary, he finds obstacles there that dwarf those on the outside world. What I expected was to be watching the trials and tribulations of faith in one young man, only to find that many if not all of the characters in this film were battling with their own faith and commitment. This movie has many top name actors. Louis Gossett, Jr,, the gardener, Lauren Holly, the schools' only female professor, and William Devane, the schools' administrator are just a few of the wonderful actors which bring this story to life. Along the way Kelly, played by Cedric Sanders, finds that he is bucking a system at every turn, yet keeps fighting for what is right. He finds a mentor in Samuel Benton, the gardener, played by Louis Gossett Jr. My favorite line in this movie is "Leaders are not chosen, they're called." God speaks to each and every one of us in His own way. We need to listen and be ready to do His work. As the title implies, it is not always the strong and mighty that are called, but in most cases the weakest or the least of us are to take charge when change needs to be made. This is a wonderful movie that should be an inspiration to anyone who sees it.
M_E_2010 More than 1 year ago
What can I say other than WOW. This was an amazing movie. My family and I are movie lovers and, with two young grandchildren, we have to watch what we watch. So, when this particular movie became available to review, I was excited about the chance to review it. I felt that it would be a wonderful lesson for my young children to see that color is just that. Color. It doesn't make us any different in Gods eyes. We are all the same no matter our age, race or denomination. This movie not only had wonderful actors and actresses to round out the plot, it was entertaining in the way that gets your gears in your mind to rolling. I cried a little and I laughed a little but most importantly, I felt the love of God shine through this movie and I recommend it HIGHLY to everyone. ~A Copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. ~I do not receive financial compensation for any of my reviews. I do however from time to time receive complimentary review books to read and post HONEST reviews, positive and negative. The acceptance of a book does not guarantee a positive review.~
PRPR More than 1 year ago
The Least Among You was inspired by a true story about a young man who was accused of assaulting a police officer during the 1965 Watts riots. As an alternative to prison, the man is allowed to serve a probationary year at seminary. Given the time and location, the fact that the young gentleman is African American and up until this point the seminary has only seen white students, some obvious racial tensions ensue. Eventually, with the help of a wisened grounds-keeper, a very patient roommate and a reluctant female staff member, the man is able to find some truth about himself as well as overcome the racial obstacles and instate a proclamation to open the seminary staff and student body to future African Americans. I found the story itself to be very interesting and inspirational and therefore I enjoyed the movie a great deal. However, as with a lot of Christian movies, the character development was kind of shallow, focusing more on the 'here and now' of the conflict as opposed to what led each individual to come to be who they were in that time and place. The actor who played Richard Kelly did an excellent job and I hope to see him in more movies. I also appreciated the movie's portrayal that both protagonist and antagonists are just human, both capable of being guided in right and wrong directions. Overall I would recommend this DVD simply because it is a great story. I think it would make an even better book which would allow more time to explore the story and the personal conflicts of all those involved. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
NCGram_of2 More than 1 year ago
What can I say other than WOW. This was an amazing movie. My family and I are movie lovers and, with two young grandchildren, we have to watch what we watch. So, when this particular movie became available to review, I was excited about the chance to review it. I felt that it would be a wonderful lesson for my young children to see that color is just that. Color. It doesn't make us any different in Gods eyes. We are all the same no matter our age, race or denomination. This movie not only had wonderful actors and actresses to round out the plot, it was entertaining in the way that gets your gears in your mind to rolling. I cried a little and I laughed a little but most importantly, I felt the love of God shine through this movie and I recommend it HIGHLY to everyone. ~A Copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. ~I do not receive financial compensation for any of my reviews. I do however from time to time receive complimentary review books to read and post HONEST reviews, positive and negative. The acceptance of a book does not guarantee a positive review.~