‘Jesus Revolution’ hopes to inspire more love and acceptance

LOS ANGELES — In 1971, Time Magazine published an issue with a groovy Jesus over a psychedelic backdrop with the phrase, “The Jesus Revolution.”

Fifty-two years later, the film with the same name tells the story of a young hippie’s quest in the 1970s for belonging and purpose.

The film follows Greg Laurie and Lonnie Frisbee, who, together with Pastor Chuck Smith, open the doors to Smith’s church to an unexpected revival of radical and newfound love.  

The movement, captured on film and based out of Southern California, led to the growth of the Calvary Chapel Church.

Joel Courtney as Greg Laurie and Anna Grace Barlow as Cathe in the film, “Jesus Revolution.” (Photo courtesy of Dan Anderson/Lionsgate)

The film stars Joel Courtney, Jonathan Roumie, Kelsey Grammer, DeVon Franklin and Anna Grace Barlow.

The co-directors, Jon Erwin and Brent McCorkle, and co-screenwriter Kevin Downes joined Spectrum News along with the cast to talk about the film and what they hope audiences take away. Because praise music plays an important part in the film, the cast and crew share with us what their favorite hymns or praise songs are. 

“Jesus Revolution” opens in theaters on Feb. 24, 2023.

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