Drama


The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama
Runtime:
112 mins
Stars:
Stephen Baldwin, Sharman Joshi, Shari Rigby
Director:
Aneesh Daniel
Producer:
Steven H. Bernard, Aneesh Daniel, Andrew E. Matthews

Content at a Glance

0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
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1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
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Sex


No Information

Language


No Information

Violence


a few scenes of churches being set on fire; a van is set on fire; a man is shoved.

Drugs


a few scenes of drinking and the use of medical drugs

Nudity


bare midriffs seen of women as they're dancing

Other


conflicts over christian conversions and proselytizing; tension between some characters; terrible physical deformities of lepers are seen, such as bent up toes or no toes at all.


Trailer



Synopsis

As the social fabric of life in rural India disintegrates in the late 1990s, journalist Manav Banerjee (Sharman Joshi) moves with his pregnant wife to the town of Orissa in hope of a better life and the promise of a lucrative career. When speculation mounts the local Australian missionary Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) is illegally proselytizing leprosy patients, Manav agrees to investigate undercover for the newspaper.


Movie Message

This is a powerful and gripping story of God's hope in the midst of hopelessness. The film, based on actual events and shot on location in India, is a stirring story that illustrates hope, love and forgiveness. Starring Stephen Baldwin as missionary Graham Staines, it portrays Staines' life, his wife Gladys and three kids, who have made untold sacrifices to minister to lepers in restricted areas and to proclaim the love of God found in the gospels. Staines is originally from Australia but India is now his permanent home.

The story takes place in the 1990s, and there are governmental laws against Christians who would use inducements, including money, to make new converts. Journalist Manav Benerjee (Sharman Joshi) is hired by a local newspaper editor to shadow Staines to see if any wrongdoing can be discovered. The editor, in return, promises to help pay the bills for Manav's wife, who has been hospitalized following the difficult delivery of their daughter. Determined to bolster his journalistic ambitions, Manav continually attempts to find Staines doing something illegal. To his amazement, he instead discovers a man who sweeps up a boy with leprosy into his arms in order to help him and who continually applies medical treatment to the downtrodden lepers. He constantly shows them love. This man's deeds continue to haunt Manav, especially when Manav inadvertently stirs up a local angry man that wants no conversions in the local villages. The man believes the "head of the snake"—in this case, Staines—must be "cut off."

What Staines offered the so-called "worthless" people was significance—and hopefulness to the hopeless. This dynamic film kept my interest throughout and features remarkable cinematography and stirring music. It is a movie that contains a tragedy, and yet offers wonderful hope. It features a few scenes of churches set on fire, as well as a van, but none of the scenes are gratuitous. It has merited our Dove Faith-Friendly Seal for Ages 12+

The Dove Take

This movie is guaranteed to touch the heart of every audience member. It clearly demonstrates God's love even in the midst of uncertainty and pain.

For Ages 12 And Over

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