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September 30, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The highly-anticipated release of the faith-based, pro-family film ‘Courageous’ is taking place today in select Cineplex theatres across Canada.

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A film from Sherwood Pictures, creators of the acclaimed film ‘Fireproof,’ ‘Courageous’ calls fathers to renew their faith in God and become more engaged in the lives of their children and families.

“Fatherlessness is widespread and its effects are far-reaching,” the filmmakers say in a press release announcing the opening of the film. “Children from father-absent homes are more likely to struggle with drug abuse, live in poverty and engage in criminal activity.”

‘Courageous’ is the story of four police officers with one calling: to serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, the men are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.  With God’s help, they struggle to be able to find a way to serve and protect those that are most dear to them.  ‘Courageous’ is rated PG-13 for some violence and drug content, and runs 129 minutes.

A press release from TriStar Pictures, which is distributing the film internationally, says that ‘Courageous’ has reached more than $2 million in pre-sales ticketing in anticipation of today’s national release.

Pre-sales numbers for ‘Courageous’ are more than double that of Sherwood Pictures’ most recent film, Fireproof, which opened at $6.8 million and went on to gross more than $33.4 million at the box office.

“Such great advance momentum reaffirms that the topic of fathers is universal and that ‘Courageous’ touches a nerve,” Sherwood Pictures Executive Producer Michael Catt said. “Present or absent, fathers shape lives and we’re excited to use drama, adventure, humor . . . to inspire men to the high adventure of full-on parenting.”

‘Courageous’ is the fourth release from the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. The first release was Flywheel (2003), followed by Facing the Giants (2006) and Fireproof (2008).

To view the trailer for the film, please visit the Courageous Canada website here.

Tickets for ‘Courageous’ are available from the Courageous Canada website, or by calling your local participating Cineplex theatre or online at www.cineplex.com.

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