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Have A Little Faith Film Review

Updated on August 23, 2019

Henry and Mitch in the film.

These are 2 of the main characters in the film.
These are 2 of the main characters in the film.
  • Reased: 2011
  • Running time: 82 minutes
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Jon Avnet
  • Budget: $11,000,000 (estimated)
  • Nominations: 5

Sometimes, faith is all you need.

Main Cast

  • Bradley Whitford - Mitch Albom
  • Martin Landau - Rabbi Albert L. Lewis
  • Laurence Fishburne - Henry Covington

Have A Little Faith is a Hallmark Hall of Fame television film. Mitch Albom is a successful Journalist and writer. He's written books and is a radio presenter and television broadcaster. When, on one occasion, he was launching one of his books, his childhood Rabbi was in the audience. After the book launch Rabbi Albert Lewis asks Mitch if he would read his eulogy. Confused, he wondered why he would do such a thing and asked the Rabbi if he was dying. The Rabbi said that he wasn't, but at the age of 82, he wanted to be prepared. And this is the start of re-acquainting himself with the Rabbi and thus a lot of soul searching.

On the other side of the spectrum is Henry Covington. He's been on the wrong side of the law, been a drug dealer and spent time in prison, and now a Pastor of a decaying crumbling Church, and gives shelter and food to the homeless. When Mitch sees this Church, and hears Henry's story, this inspires him to write a story in his newspaper. But little does he know how much these 2 vastly different men will begin the course of changing his life. When Mitch sees the enormous hole in the roof of the Church, this prompts him to wanting to help the Church and it's congregation. But on the way, there is a lot of questioning of his own faith and trust in people.

The film is a dramatization of real life events. The film gives an insightful view of love, loss and soul searching. And how one man on a journey takes him to places he never expected to be. The Church in the photo below is the photograph of Pilgrim Church in Detroit, which was the focus of the film. What I loved about this film is how Pastor Henry Covington had the faith and perseverance to preach and help others in one of the poorest parts of Detroit, and the unconditional love he has for the community he lives in.

Pilgrim Church

Pilgrim Church, Detroit, which is featured in the film.
Pilgrim Church, Detroit, which is featured in the film.

My personal thoughts

Although I find the film starts a little slow, I feel I get the storyline pretty quickly. Bradley Whitford plays Mitch Albom, and I think his role in the film is believable. I like his style of acting, There are times in the film when it's a little slow, but I feel the film soon had me re-engaged in the storyline. Laurence Fishburne, who plays Henry Convington, I found myself growing fond of. We see flashbacks throughout the film of his young days and the trouble he got into with the law. I found his story heart-warming and touching, and even had a tear in my eye at one point.

Even though the film is just 82 minutes long, I feel there is enough packed into the film to tell the story of Mitch's encounters with these 2 men, and how his meeting with these men made him question his own faith. Quite frankly, this isn't a film I would have gone out of my way to watch, but in all honesty, I'm glad I did with this one. When it comes to biographical and true drama films, I tend to watch the kinds of films on people or events I know, or have followed in the news. So to watch a film about an American Journalist I had never heard of before was something new to me. But, since watching this film, I have learned a lot about Mitch Albom and the charities he is involved with. Filmed on location in Detroit, USA, I found this useful as it gave me an insight into a little bit of what the place looks like.

Would I recommend this film? Well to be honest, I don't think it's for everybody. But on the other hand, I do find it an inspiring and uplifting story. There are two elements to this story. One side being the Rabbi and how Mitch deals with the love and admiration he has for this man. And on the other hand, having to deal with someone so vastly different as Henry, and having to learn not to be so judgmental. Personally, I would recommend this film. I surprised myself as I did enjoy watching this. It's a thought-provoking film and it's not often I watch something that leaves me questioning my own life and how I see people.

Mitch Albom & Henry Covington

This photo is of the real Mitch Albom and Henry Covington.
This photo is of the real Mitch Albom and Henry Covington.

© 2017 Louise Powles


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