In the 1960s and 1970s, a profound transformation swept across the United States, fueled by the unlikely combination of a spiritual revival, rock and roll, and a generation of young hippies on fire for Jesus. This captivating and true story will hit theaters in February, under the title “Jesus Revolution.” Brace yourself for an extraordinary journey that changed the course of a nation.
A Quest for Truth in Unexpected Places
Greg Laurie, the film’s protagonist, embarks on a relentless search for truth. But he looks in all the wrong places until he crosses paths with a street-preaching hippie named Lonnie Frisbee. Jonathan Roumie, known for his role in “The Chosen,” brings Frisbee to life. Together with Pastor Chuck Smith, portrayed by Kelsey Grammer, they open the doors of a Southern California church to an unexpected revival and a newfound love for Jesus, leading to a spiritual awakening.
The Heart of the Story
Recently, Roumie took to Instagram to provide an exclusive glimpse into the upcoming film. “Experience the heart of our story: how a countercultural Jesus Movement changed the course of history,” he wrote. In a behind-the-scenes clip, the cast members share their thoughts on the movie, expressing their desire for the audience to be moved and inspired.
“It’s a story of self-discovery, finding faith, finding your way,” says actress Anna Grace Barlow. “I think it’s going to be incredibly uplifting.”
“The audience will receive a powerful message of love and hope,” shares Devon Franklin.
“I hope people will feel a mix of tears and joy, all at once, and perhaps be inspired to rediscover their own faith,” adds Grammer.
A Film Rooted in History
“Jesus Revolution,” a collaboration between Kingdom Story and Lionsgate, is directed by Jon Erwin, known for films like “I Can Only Imagine” and “American Underdog.” Erwin emphasizes that the movie highlights a unique era in history.
“It was a time of fear and doubt in a generation that sought all the right things but in all the wrong places… it had come to a breaking point,” declares Erwin. “It was a powerful movement of God that was undeniable. It shaped the culture and the United States. We have not experienced anything like it since.”
This film has been seven years in the making, representing the culmination of the team’s previous works. It exemplifies their dedication to capturing the essence of this extraordinary story.
The Book That Inspired It All
“Jesus Revolution” is based on the book of the same name by Pastor Greg Laurie. The book recounts the true story of a national spiritual awakening in the early 1970s, originating within a community of teenage hippies in Southern California.
After his own conversion, Laurie went on to found Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, which has become one of the largest churches in the United States. For three decades, the church has hosted the local SoCal Harvest event, one of the nation’s longest-running evangelistic gatherings, drawing millions of people.
“I don’t think we necessarily knew that we were a part of history, but we knew we were a part of something very special,” Laurie shares in a video about the film. “Thousands of young people were coming to Christ and getting baptized. We called it the Jesus Movement.”
Laurie believes that the United States is poised for another spiritual revival.
“It was a very dark time in American history,” he reveals. “God intervened, and it was like little brushfires that started in different parts of the country and even the world. Young people began coming to Christ.”
“People will always say it will never happen again. And then it happens again… the days of saying that the era of crusade evangelism is over are not over,” Laurie continues. “We should never say it couldn’t happen again. Of course, it could happen again. I believe it needs to happen again. And we should pray that it happens again.”
“God wants to pour out His Spirit. God wants to save people. Scripture says that God desires that none should perish but that all should come to repentance. This is the heart of God: to reach this culture and this generation,” he adds.
Don’t miss the chance to witness the phenomenal rise of the Jesus Movement on the big screen. Stay tuned for “Jesus Revolution,” coming to theaters worldwide in February 2023. For more information on the film and to stay up to date, visit Ratingperson.