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End of the Spear is a movie based on real life events that took place in 1956. These events were written about in two books: End of the Spear by Steve Saint and Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot. Five Christian missionairies (Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian) go into the jungles of Equador to help the people there. Their intent was to befriend these tribal people and teach them about God but some members of the tribe didn't understand this and killed all five of them almost as soon as they arrived. You would think that the movie ends there but it doesn't. That is only the beginning.

The families of the missionairies (Elisabeth Elliot and Rachel Saint among them) still go in to befriend the tribal people. They still feel that it is God's will for this tribe to be helped. The women and children aren't seen as a possible threat by the tribesmen like the men so they were able to slowly gain trust with the tribe and many of the tribesmen gained knowledge of the loving God. The Waodani tribe had previously believed in a god that created the world but left it to its own devices.

Steve Saint, the son of one of the missionairies that was killed, even became friends with Mincayani, one of the tribesmen that killed those five men. This strong friendship symbolizes a beautiful picture of forgiveness. The movie as a whole portrays that God's will can be done in spite of tragedies happening in the process.

The movie opened in January 2006 with a strong box office showing and won some awards despite the fact that it was a quiet movie that a lot of people didn't hear about. The DVD includes extra footage of the real life Steve Saint and Mincayani when Steve Saint showed Mincayani what America was like. A soundtrack with thirty songs was also released.

| 2005 | 1 hr 42 min | 6.8/10 | 45/100
Louie Leonardo, Chad Allen, Jack Guzman, Christina Souza
Jim Hanon
Produced By
William Bowling, Bill Ewing

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