Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Miracle in East Texas [movie review]


Inspired by one of the most improbable true stories ever, this is the entertaining tale of two aging con men at the dawn of the Great Depression and the biggest oil strike in the history of the world.

Irving Tanner, Jr. (Lou Gossett, Jr.) recounts the 1930 legend. Times are hard when the unluckiest wildcatter in the world, Dad Everett (John Ratzenberger), teams up with Doc Boyd (Kevin Sorbo), a charming snake oil salesman. Together they convince several new widows (Sam Sorbo, Paula Boudreau, and others) to invest in their worthless oil wells.

Then, the unthinkable happens!

My thoughts:  In Miracle in East Texas a story of two con-men who travel the country deceiving widows and drilling for oil that they know won't produce. They milk these unsuspecting folks out of life savings and then vanish to another locale. The movie has them first in Oklahoma and then moving on to new opportunities in Texas.

They use their personalities to charm and deceive as well as quoting Scripture, praying, and claiming to be led by the Lord for these endeavors.

And then they actually do find oil. A big find! And all of it catches up with them. They are caught since they actually can't follow through.

The story is not only about the miraculous find of a huge oil field, but it is a story of changed lives. Redemption. Forgiveness. 

The story has a heaping measure of good humor, quirky folks, and just simply goodness. I loved the movie and highly recommend it.

The movie produced by Sorbo studios, MIRACLE IN EAST TEXAS tells the story of the biggest oil strike in US history. It's a story about hope and redemption and is inspired by a true story of American entrepreneurship. It is a story of two aging con-men at the dawn of the Great Depression and life in the 1930s. It has a good message on forgiveness and its blessings. Staring Kevin Sorbo (also director), John Ratzenberger, Lou Gossett Jr., Tyler Mane.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a "screener's link" in order to review the movie, Miracle in East Texas. For screening, reviewing, and sharing information about the film on social media I will receive a small gift. My opinions are honest and given only after viewing the movie and are not influenced by any gift given. I only endorse books, movies, products that I can honestly recommend to my own family and friends.

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