Fireproof : When Filmmakers Believe in Miracles

The success of this low-budget movie lies in its appeal to devoutly Christian viewers

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Kirk Cameron stars in the surprise hit Fireproof , playing a fire captain struggling to save his marriage

Hollywood veterans will tell you that if a low-budget movie makes it into theaters, it's a miracle. But when Alex and Stephen Kendrick say that, they mean it literally. The Kendrick brothers, ministers at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., are the writers, producers and directors of the surprise hit Fireproof . Shot on a $500,000 budget with an all-volunteer cast and donated sets and locations, their drama about a fire captain trying to rekindle his marriage made $6.8 million in its opening weekend at the box office, coming in fourth overall, between a Samuel L. Jackson thriller and a Coen brothers...

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