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Year: 2019
Original Title: Breakthrough
Length: 116 minutes
Genre: Drama, Biography
Studios: Fox 2000 Pictures, Franklin Entertainment
Distributor: 20th Century Studios
Age rating: Suitable for 12 years and over
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: May 17 2019

United States: April 17 2019


Ranking: 847 out of 16,123 movies (up 504)


5.1 by 1 users

6.0 by 3 media


John Smith (Marcel Ruiz) is a 14-year-old boy adopted from Guatemala and raised in Missouri by Brian (Josh Lucas) and Joyce Smith (Chrissy Metz). Though his parents are loving and attentive, John's lingering resentment of being abandoned by his birth parents causes him to lash out as he grows older. One day, John and his best friends Josh (Isaac Kragten) and Reiger (Nikolas Dukic) go to their local lake, which has frozen over. When the boys don't listen to a local resident's warning to get off of the ice in case it cracks, the resident calls the police just as the ice breaks and the three boys fall into the freezing water. When the police arrives, Josh and Reiger are responsive but John has no pulse. He's taken to the hospital for critical surgery and his mother is given the chance to say goodbye. As Joyce holds her son in her arms, John's pulse begins again. As John is transferred to another hospital, Joyce becomes increasingly convinced that her son's survival was an act of God, and she grows closer to the liberal clergyman, Pastor Jason Noble (Topher Grace), of the local church that she'd previously disliked. Based on true events as told in the biography of Joyce Smith, 'Breakthrough' is directed by Roxann Dawson and was adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte.


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Cast Breakthrough

Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz

Joyce Smith

Topher Grace

Topher Grace

Pastor Jason Noble

Mike Colter

Mike Colter

Tommy Shine

Josh Lucas

Josh Lucas

Brian Smith

Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell

Dr. Kent Sutterer

Rebecca Staab

Rebecca Staab

Cindy Reiger



Trivia Breakthrough

'Breakthrough is the film debut of director Roxann Dawson. Until this moment, she has been directed tv series as 'House of Cards' and 'S.H.I.E.L.D Agents'. The film is based on the Joyce Smith's novel 'The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection' (2017). Roxann Dawson's film is also based on incredible real facts that actually happens in Lake St. Louis: a 14-years-old teenager drowned and he was dead for almost an hour. The doctors told he was dead but his mother came into the room, prayed for his life and suddenly the kid breathed again.