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Based on the true story of notorious grave-robber Jean Baptiste, Redemption follows Sheriff Henry Heath on the western frontier in 1862. Heath has just buried his only child when he's assigned custody of Baptiste, an impoverished French immigrant who has robbed 300 graves of the recently deceased. Torn between his duty to the law and his own prejudice for his prisoner, Heath becomes Baptiste's only defense against the bloodthirsty contempt of the community and the brutal isolation of the inhospitable Antelope Island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake where Baptiste has been exiled.
A story about the struggle to show compassion to those who seem the least deserving of Christian love, Redemption follows Henry Heath's fight to keep a marked man alive and put aside his personal feelings to examine his beliefs about mercy, justice, and redemption.
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Writer: Debbie Harmon
Director: Debbie Harmon
Producer: Debbie Harmon
Runtime: 68 min.
This is a powerful drama which appropriately, as the title suggests, focuses on the subject of redemption and God's restoration powers. The film features several vignettes which actually tie into one another as several ladies meet at a Bible study and share the various experiences they have had and the study itself focuses on forgiveness. In one scenario a woman named Angie lost her family when a drunk driver hit their car and only Angie survived. Interestingly, the wife of the drunken driver, Shelly, winds up at the Bible study and it is an opportunity for Angie to forgive and let go of the bitterness of the past. But can she?
In another plot a lady named Julia, who also attends the ladies' Bible study, had an abortion in her past and walked away from the man who loved her, Eddie, because every time she would see him she would relive what she had done and the decision she had made. Years have passed but she runs into Eddie at an automobile repair shop and it is obvious they still care for each other. Can time and God heal the wounds of the past?
Although there a few minor technical problems such as a few characters appearing "fuzzy" on the side of the picture, this film has heart and makes a powerful point. It also features some great Christmas music and other good music. We are pleased to award this film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for ages twelve plus, due to the abortion and drunken driving issues. We believe very young viewers would not profit from this as much as those 12 and older will. The theme of redemption is powerfully made when a woman shares she had an abortion on Valentine's Day, and then became a Christian and years later her son was born on Valentine's Day.
Sex: A young woman was pregnant outside of marriage but becomes a Christian after the fact.
Violence: A car is seen flying in the wind and then crashes and explodes into flames; scene of car accident.
Drugs: A man is seen raising a bottle to his lips but the scene does not show him drink; a man is in prison for driving drunk and causing an accident which resulted in the death of people.
Nudity: Mild cleavage.
Other: The topic of abortion and drunken driving; the theme of unforgiveness and bitterness; scriptures are quoted in a Bible study.