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Deep in the Heart


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Deep in the Heart is the true-life story of Richard Wallrath. Who is Richard Wallrath? Well he's a Texas man who lived the early part of his life as a foul drunk, a louse who messed up nearly everything he touched. He'd regularly abuse his wife and children, and drink himself into a stupor. Fortunately for Richard, that's not where his story ends. After driving nearly everyone in his life away and ending up jobless, broke and alone, Richard gets a second chance.

That's where this movie focuses most of its attention. How does a man who's lost everything find the faith to move on, it asks. Where does he gain a sense of personal forgiveness? How can he possibly attempt to heal the relationships he's destroyed or reach a point where he can help others in need? How can a man like that ever set things right?

This is a film of faith, forgiveness and renewal. But it doesn't take a typical church-pew-and-redemption approach. This is the story of a man who has his one-on-one conversations with God while sitting on a bar stool and pushing away a drink. It packs a feeling of realism and grit. However, that realistic grit also stirs lots of drunkenness, philandering and some foul language into the movie mix.


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Jon Gries as Dick Wallrath; Elaine Hendrix as Patsy; Val Kilmer as The Bearded Man; D.B. Sweeney as Michael; Donny Boaz as Danny


Christopher Cain (September Dawn, The Next Karate Kid, Young Guns)


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February 17, 2012


May 7, 2013

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