End of the Spear (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

End of the Spear (2006)



Critic Consensus: Shoddy filmmaking and a lack of character development derail what could be a potentially compelling tale.

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Chad Allen
as Nate Saint/Steve Saint
Louie Leonardo
as Mincayani
Sara Kathryn Bakker
as Rachel Saint
Chase Ellison
as Young Steve Saint
Beth Bailey
as Elisabeth Elliot
Cara Stoner
as Marj Saint
Marco Flaco
as Young Mincayani
Gabriela Valdespino
as Young Dayumae
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Critic Reviews for End of the Spear

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (21)

[Director] Hanon seems more interested in exploiting his setting's lush green beauty than exploring the psyches of his bland Bible-thumpers.

November 27, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Although the film invests time among the tribesmen, it never really explores the idea that one man's missionary work is another's ideological aggression. And the movie is tentative, dramatically speaking.

January 20, 2006 | Full Review…

Too bad this sincere but inept movie doesn't do justice to any of the real people whose powerful story it tells.

January 20, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

This is a movie -- albeit one with a great, gripping story -- shot through with meaningful glances, middling performances and melodramatic music cues. Pity.

January 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

What does hold back this terrifically detailed and often-entertaining effort are the limitations of the script and uneven acting.

January 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

Filmmakers don't need stories with a religious agenda any more than they need ones with an irreligious one. They don't need stories with any agenda, frankly. They just need good stories.

January 20, 2006 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for End of the Spear

Well done. Good, and decent movie, if you see it for what it is..a movie about people trying to do good.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Touching movie. Needs more dialouge on the reason/passion behind the gospel. Why people sacrificed their lives.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

I have a hunch that something got lost in the translation from fact to fiction.

William Goss
William Goss

Super Reviewer

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