The Apostle (1997) Netflix, Amazon Instant, and iTunes The Basics: Robert Duvall writes, directs, and stars in this Southern-fried story of faith and forgiveness that also features Farrah Fawcett and Billy Bob Thornton. If You Liked: Sling Blade, Elmer Gantry, and The Great Santini The Nugget: After bringing his wife’s affair to a violent end, an elderly Texas preacher hightails it to Louisiana in search of a new life and congregation. Serious explorations of religion can be hard to come by in contemporary American movies. But Duvall dives into the subject with clear-eyed objectivity, never resorting to easy caricature or pat sermonizing in this story of a Pentecostal preacher on the lam who tries to reinvent himself with a new congregation.
Robert Downey Jr. Defends Father Robert Duvall in ‘The Judge’ Trailer by Jeff Snider Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for David Dobkin’s “The Judge,” which starsRobert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall . Downey Jr. sheds his “Iron Man” suit to play a hot-shot defense attorney whose estranged father, a former judge, is accused of murder. Downey Jr. heads home to Indiana to defend him.