Lonesome Dove Church

DVD Release: March 24, 2015
Lonesome Dove Church


Inspired by the true story of the building of the Lonesome Dove Church in Grapevine, Texas, LONESOME DOVE CHURCH follows Pastor JOHN SHEPARD, who discovers his estranged son ISAAC is now an outlaw wanted for murder. He sets out to find him and “save” his soul. When he finds Isaac he’s hiding out from men he’s robbed. He reluctantly agrees to accompany John and preach with him in exchange for John hiding him in the back of his wagon and sneaking him out of town (no one thinks to search a preacher’s wagon).

Dove Review

The Lonesome Dove Church is still in Texas to this day but when it was built in 1846 life was very different. This is a story of a minister and his son Isaac, their differences and the road they took to get the church built in the small sinful town of Grapevine, Texas. John and Isaac had been separated for a long time and when John saw a wanted poster of Isaac he knew he had to find his son and get him back into the Lord’s flock.

The route took John on a rescue mission for Isaac to help his son be delivered from the evil that was chasing him. The story is one that has been told before about the old west, with gun fights, a stage coach robbery, and evil men creating their own justice. But this one also tells of one man’s Christian faith that turns his own son’s life around and leads to the building of a church. It was needed in the small western town.

This film has a strong redemptive theme but due to violence and drug use, we are awarding it our Dove “Faith-Based” Seal but caution viewers to read our content description to determine if it is right for them.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A house of prostitution is shown; discussion regarding the use of money for hookers and opium.
Language: A man calls pastor a "moron" and his wife a "trollop"; discussion regarding a woman being a prostitute; man calls woman a whore; man comments about he and Jesus having issues.
Violence: Robbery of stage coach; men being shot and bloody bodies shown, blood shooting out of bodies; man steals money from another; men steal minister's wagon; different men being beat up by others; man is stabbed by a knife in eye; many scenes of gun fights; scene of man dying; discussion regarding a woman's suicide by hanging herself; man shoots another in head.
Drugs: Drinking and smoking opium; drunken man passes out; saloon scenes; discussion regarding woman hooked on opium.
Nudity: A dance hall woman is dressed provocatively.
Other: A man tells pastor what he can preach on; man has fear of spiders; man shown urinating in woods; man accepting Christ as Savior before he dies; discussion regarding man's ministry which got in way of taking care of his family; man reading scripture and praying; comment about church welcoming everyone no matter if they are saint or sinner.


Company: Lionsgate
Writer: Bob Thielke
Director: Terry Miles
Producer: Jack Nasser
Genre: Western
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe