I Can Only Imagine is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by the Erwin Brothers and written by Alex Cramer, Jon Erwin, and Brent McCorkle, based on the story behind the group MercyMe’s song of the same name, the best-selling Christian single of all time. The film stars J. Michael Finley as Bart Millard, the lead singer who wrote the song about his relationship with his father (Dennis Quaid). Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, and Cloris Leachman also star.
- Starring : Madeline Carroll / Trace Adkins
- Genre : Biography / Drama / Family / Music
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Andrew Erwin / Jon Erwin
- Production : Kevin Downes Productions / Mission Pictures International / City on a Hill Productions / Grey Hour Production Services / Imagine Rights, LLC / LD Entertainment / Toy Gun Films
- Distributor : Lionsgate / Roadside Attractions / Lucky Dogs / Selmer Media / 4Digital Media / Eagle Film / KSM / Pris Audiovisuais / BF Distribution / Shaw Organisation / Provident Films / SAJE Distribution / New KSM
I Can Only Imagine movie
I Can Only Imagine release date
- March 15, 2018 : Australia
- March 16, 2018 : Canada
- March 16, 2018 : USA
- March 29, 2018 : Singapore
- August 10, 2018 : UK
- August 10, 2018 : Ireland
- August 10, 2018 : Sweden
- September 27, 2018 : Germany
- April 5, 2019 : Spain
- May 22, 2019 : France
I Can Only Imagine cast
- J. Michael Finley as Bart
- Madeline Carroll as Shannon
- Dennis Quaid as Arthur
- Trace Adkins as Brickell
- Cloris Leachman as Memaw
- Jason Burkey as Mike
- Mark Furze as Nathan
- Randy McDowell as Jim
- Cole Marcus as Robbie
- Alexander Dominguez as Kent
- Brody Rose as Young Bart
- Taegen Burns as Young Shannon
- J.R. Cacia as Rusty
- Tanya Clarke as Adele
- Nicole DuPort as Amy Grant
I Can Only Imagine was released in the United States on March 16, 2018. It was a massive box office success, grossing $85 million worldwide against a production budget of $7 million, earning more than twelve times its budget. It is the fifth highest-grossing music biopic and sixth highest-grossing Christian film of all-time in the United States. Some critics praised it as inspiring and noted it as an improvement compared to other faith-based films, while others called it flat and by-the-numbers. At the 2018 Dove Awards, the film won “Inspirational Film of the Year”.
10-year-old Bart Millard lives with his mother and abusive father Arthur in Texas. One day his mother drops him off at a Christian camp where he meets Shannon. Upon his return from camp, Bart finds his mother has left and movers are removing her belongings. He angrily confronts his father, who denies that his abusiveness was the reason she left.
Years later, in high school, Bart and Shannon are dating. Bart plays football to please his father, but is injured, breaking both ankles and ending his career. The only elective with openings is music class, so he reluctantly signs up. Initially, Bart is assigned to be a sound technician, but after overhearing him singing, the director casts him in the lead role in the school production of Oklahoma!.
Bart overcomes his reluctance and gives an impressive performance, but does not tell his father, who finds out the night of the show when he happens to see a flyer for the show in a diner. Arthur suddenly collapses in pain, and finds out he has cancer, which he hides from Bart. The following morning, Bart antagonizes his father, who smashes a plate over his head. At church, Shannon sees the blood and presses Bart to open up, but he responds by breaking up with her, and leaves town to seek his fortune in the city.
He joins a band in need of a singer, and convinces Christian music producer Scott Brickell to manage the band and secure a showcase in Nashville. Bart surprises Shannon and invites her to tour with the band, and is confused when she flatly refuses. In Nashville, Brickell introduces Bart to established artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, but is unable to convince several record execs to sign the band, who do not believe the band, now performing as “MercyMe”, is good enough. Devastated, Bart quits the band, but Brickell perceives that Bart needs to resolve issues in his personal life, so Bart reconciles with the band and asks them to wait for him, and leaves to return home.
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