Synopsis: Based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion and conformity.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): David Leo Schultz
Production: Millenium Entertainment
137 min

(man No. 1)

I am now

utterly convinced

that on Judgment Day,

the Lord Jesus

will ask one question

and only one question.

"Did you believe

that I loved you?"

[door opens]


[childish piano playing

on tape recorder]

[off key note

and music stops]

(man No. 2 on recorder)

Try it again.

[more playing]

(man No. 3)

J Everybody each

and all J

We're going

to die eventually

.0 It's no more

or less our fault' .0

J As it is our destiny J

J When my body

lies in the ruins J

J3 Of the lies

that nearly ruined me J3

[approaching car]

[horn honks]

(man No. 4)

We are here

with Rich Mullins,

one of contemporary

Christian music's

biggest stars.

Rich, welcome to the show.

Rich, we know

of your various hits.

Awesome God, Sing Your Praise

of the Lord and Elijah,

among others.

You've been at the top

of the COM charts,

had a number

of Dove Award nominations,

but I want to talk

a little bit

about the man

behind the music

so if you don't mind

will you tell us

a little bit

about how you came

to faith in Christ?

Well, Randy, I'm not

a Christian

because of a song

I heard

or a book I read,

as much as I like

to read.

Uh, I came to experience

the realness of Christ

through the people

in his church.

I'm a Christian,

not because

somebody explained the nuts

and bolts of Christianity

to me but

because people

were willing to be

the nuts and bolts.

[ringing bike bell]

[children's laughter]


Come on,

let's go!


I guess you could say

my story began

in a small town

in Indiana.

My dad was a farmer

and easily,

easily the hardest

working man that I know.

Like most boys,

I grew up

wanting to be

exactly like him,

exactly like my dad.

But I discovered

at a pretty early age,

time and time again that

I wasn't really cut

out to be a farmer.

[engine stops]


Hold the light.

What's wrong

with it, Dad?

Damn light, son!


It's the pistons.

What did you

fill it with?


Like you said.

Like I said?

Not like I said,

'cause I didn't say

I didn't say

nothing about gasoline.

Of all

the damn fool things.

Lean over here, boy.

Come here.

What's that say?

Speak up, Wayne!

What's it say?


That's right.


Because you can't put

gasoline in the tractor, son.

I'm sorry, Dad.

Well, sorry

isn't going

to fix this, boy.


[door slams]

(Rich, off)

My mom and dad

raised five of us kids

and, you know,

most of the time

money was pretty scarce.

And when I was little,

my baby brother

passed a way.

And that was

often hard for them.

Even as a boy,

I wanted to help.

But I couldn't.


Why didn't you tell me

you got the tractor

stuck in the field

this morning?

Speak up, Do)'-

I thought

you'd be mad.

I just don't understand

why everything you touch

ends up busted.

[thunder rolling]


I wish you'd be

more gentle with him.


More gentle?

That's the last

thing to be.

He needs

to toughen up,

that's what.

He's got his damn

head in the clouds.

He needs to know

you love him.

That boy needs to stay

away from the tractor.

Last week,

it was the engine.

Today he got not one,

but four wheels

stuck in holes.

John, he's

just trying--

Four, Neva.

Four. The repairs

cost 300 dollars,

not to mention

the lost time

on the farm.

Ain't going

to be worried


if he is going

hungry, will he?

He's our oldest boy, Neva.

If he doesn't learn,

then how is he going

to take over the farm

one day?

Maybe he's

not meant

for the farm.


You're a good father.


[distant slow piano notes]

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