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    Breakthrough (2019)

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    When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.


    Roxann Dawson


    Grant Nieporte (screenplay by), Joyce Smith (based upon the book by)
    1,096 ( 90)
    1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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    Cast overview, first billed only:
    Marcel Ruiz ... John Smith
    Topher Grace ... Pastor Jason Noble
    Sarah Constible ... Neighbor Lady
    Dennis Haysbert ... Dr. Garrett
    Nancy Sorel ... Mrs. Abbott
    Miriam Smith ... VP Nancy Benes
    Victor Zinck Jr. ... Joe Marrow
    Mike Colter ... Tommy Shine
    Chrissy Metz ... Joyce Smith
    Josh Lucas ... Brian Smith
    Taylor Mosby ... Chayla
    Ali Skovbye ... Emma
    Maddy Martin ... Abby Sutterer
    Isaac Kragten ... Josh
    Nikolas Dukic ... Rieger


    When he was 14, Smith drowned in Lake Saint Louis and was dead for nearly an hour. According to reports at the time, CPR was performed 27 minutes to no avail. Then the youth's mother, Joyce Smith, entered the room, praying loudly. Suddenly, there was a pulse, and Smith came around.

    Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


    Biography | Drama

    Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

    Rated PG for thematic content including peril | See all certifications »

    Parents Guide:

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    Official Sites:

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    Release Date:

    11 April 2019 (Hong Kong) See more »

    Also Known As:

    The Impossible See more »


    Box Office


    $14,000,000 (estimated)

    Opening Weekend USA:

    $11,282,333, 21 April 2019

    Gross USA:


    Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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    Company Credits

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    Technical Specs




    Aspect Ratio:

    2.39 : 1
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    Did You Know?


    Stephen Curry, the point guard for the NBA team Golden State Warriors, is one of the movie's three executive producers. See more »


    In the beginning of the film, where John is playing basketball at school. When the crowd is cheering, one of the extras is wearing a Winnipeg Jet's White-out shirt underneath her hoodie. Which you can clearly see when she is cheering in the bleachers. See more »


    Joyce Smith: Now's not a good time.
    Pastor Jason Noble: I know... that's why I'm here.
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    References The Bachelor (2002) See more »


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    Written by Shane Abrahams (as Shane Eli Abrahams), Jonny Pakfar (as Jonathan Pakfar), and Pigeon John (as John Dust)
    Performed by Pigeon John
    Courtesy of Mutiny Recordings and The Telephone Company
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    User Reviews

    I got roped into seeing this; but I was glad I did
    18 April 2019 | by iid-765-637609See all my reviews

    I got dragged to see this by my friend. I don't usually do sad movies. I was prepared for mediocre/cringy acting - and at first it was. But then I got caught up in the story and I forgot the acting and it was a really good story. It's not a movie I would have chosen for myself, but I'm glad I went.

    I would like to remind the people giving it one star reviews or saying that some of the events or relationships are "predictable" that it's based on a true story and I'm told they stayed true to the basic events. In other words; sometimes life is predictable, but it's what actually happened. Someone on another review site said they found the relationship change between the pastor and the mom obvious and predictable - again, this is apparently how it happened to the actual people those characters are based on. ???♀?

    If you like a good story and can overlook some not-brilliant secondary actors, it's actually a whole lot more fun than I expected to have at this movie!

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