First Reformed

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Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist... read more
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Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock. When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo; Affliction) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

Original Release

05/18/2018

US Release

05/18/2018

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Cast

Ethan Hawke Rev. Ernst Toller / Pastor Ernst Toller
Amanda Seyfried Mary Mensana
Cedric the Entertainer Rev. Joel Jeffers / Pastor Joel Jeffers
Michael Gaston Edward Balq
Victoria Hill Esther
Philip Ettinger Michael Mensana
Bill Hoag Elder / John Elder
Mahaleia Gray Jeffers' Daughter
Frank Rodriguez Sheriff
Satchel Eden Bell Cynthia
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Paul Schrader

Writers

Paul Schrader

Cast

Ethan Hawke Rev. Ernst Toller / Pastor Ernst Toller
Amanda Seyfried Mary Mensana
Cedric the Entertainer Rev. Joel Jeffers / Pastor Joel Jeffers
Michael Gaston Edward Balq
Victoria Hill Esther
Philip Ettinger Michael Mensana
Bill Hoag Elder / John Elder
Mahaleia Gray Jeffers' Daughter
Frank Rodriguez Sheriff
Satchel Eden Bell Cynthia
Michael Metta Balq's Son
Elanna White Choir / Choir Member
Delano Montgomery Jake
Joseph Anthony Jerez War Vet in Wheelchair
Jake Alden-Falconer Choir / Choir Member
Otis Edward Cotton 2nd Repairman
Van Hansis Roger
Jon Rua 1st Repairman
Ken Forman Middle-Aged Man
Kristin Villanueva Nurse / Nurse Cindy

Producers

Brian Beckmann Executive Producer
Philip Burgin Executive Producer
Brooke Lyndon-Stanford Executive Producer
Martin McCabe Executive Producer
Luca Scalisi Executive Producer
Mick Southworth Executive Producer
Ying Ye Executive Producer
Gary Hamilton Producer
Victoria Hill Producer
David Hinojosa Producer
Jack Binder Producer
Deepak Sikka Producer
Christine Vachon Producer
Greg Clark Producer
Ryan Hawke Producer
Frank Murray Producer

Editors

Benjamin Rodriguez Jr.

2019OscarBest Original Screenplay Nominated
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