As 2004's "The Passion of the Christ" drove home so emphatically, a great unserved appetite exists for Christian-themed films, so it's no surprise that movies such as director/co-writer Jim Hanon's "End of the Spear" are moving in to fill the void. Pic is based on the real-life 1956 incident in which five American missionaries were killed by a remote Amazonian tribe. The story was reported on at the time by Life magazine photojournalist Cornell Capa. Although overly earnest and often stilted, the film should find great favor principally among religious auds, and a long life on the home-vid shelves.
"End of the Spear" approaches its story primarily as a family drama. Nate Saint (Chad Allen) is the beloved husband of Marj Saint (Cara Stoner) and father of their young son, Steve (Chase Ellison). A skilled pilot, Nate is also devoted to what he sees as his spiritual duty: Finding -- and eventually converting -- an isolated Ecuadorian tribe called the Waodani, whose internecine warfare threatens to exterminate them.
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