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‘Jesus Revolution’ Is Coming to Netflix; ‘Let’s All Be Praying,’ Says Pastor Greg Laurie

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Jonathan Roumie as Lonnie Frisbee in "Jesus Revolution." Image courtesy of "Jesus Revolution."

“Jesus Revolution,” a movie based on the life of Pastor Greg Laurie and set during the Jesus Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, is coming to Netflix on July 31. Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, encouraged his followers Monday, July 3, to pray for the new viewers who will see the film.

“BIG NEWS!” said Laurie in a tweet on Monday. “@JesusRevMovie coming to @netflix July 31st, 2023! A whole new audience is going to see this film now. Let’s all be praying that God uses it to touch lives.”

‘Jesus Revolution’ Strikes a Chord

“Jesus Revolution” (starring Kelsey Grammer, Jonathan Roumie, Joel Courtney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Anna Grace Barlow) dramatizes the events of the Jesus People Movement and is based on the book, “Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today,” by Greg Laurie and Ellen Vaughn. The movie focuses on the lives of Calvary Chapel pastor Chuck Smith, hippie evangelist Lonnie Frisbee and Pastor Greg Laurie.

Brent McCorkle and Jon Erwin directed the film. Brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin are known for films including “I Can Only Imagine,” “I Still Believe,” “October Baby” and “Mom’s Night Out.”

“Jesus Revolution” released in theaters on Feb. 24, after which it received an A+ from CinemaScore and earned over $15.8 million on its opening weekend. The movie grossed over $52 million domestically and earned an additional $312,000 internationally. 

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On April 25, “Jesus Revolution” released on Blu-ray and DVD and subsequently took the No. 1 spot on Amazon’s Movies & TV chart. In that position, it beat “John Wick: Chapter 4,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” and “Super Mario Bros.” The movie was nominated for a 2023 K-Love Fan Award, but was beaten by the series “The Chosen.”

Kasey Moore, who tracks what is streaming on Netflix, says that the film’s debut there will mark the first time it has been featured on such a platform. “Jesus Revolution” is not listed on Netflix’s upcoming July titles as of this writing.

In an interview on “The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast,” Laurie described how the film was a tool for evangelism during its run in theaters. “We had people accepting Christ in the theaters,” he said. “I had one person say, ‘I heard people around me praying out loud asking Jesus to come into their life.’ We had pastors on hand. We had Bibles on hand…I’ve never heard of anything quite like this, doing evangelism in movie theaters on this scale.”