First Sunday (2008)

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  • IMDb page: First Sunday (2008)
  • Rate: 3.7/10 total 5,625 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 11 January 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: USA:96 min
  • Filming Location: First Hope Community Church – E. Preston Street & Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Gross: $37,931,869(USA)(24 February 2008)
  • Director: David E. Talbert
  • Stars: Ice Cube, Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan
  • Original Music By: Stanley Clarke   
  • Soundtrack: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Church | Money | African American Comedy | Black Comedy | Beautiful Woman

Writing Credits By:

  • David E. Talbert (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Film prints were delivered to theaters under the codename “Bad to Worse”.

Goofs: Continuity: In the first church scene, when the choir finishes singing the spiritual, there is a wide shot of the church congregation. Most of the congregation located within the middle pews can be clearly seen giving a standing ovation. There is a cutaway to Durell and LeeJohn in which most of the congregation located within the middle pews are sitting or beginning to sit. After the cutaway the scene returns to same wide shot of the congregation. Most of the congregation located within the middle pews are still standing and only now are beginning to sit.

Plot: Durell and LeeJohn are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When told they have one week to pay a $17,000 debt or Durell will lose his son, they come up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. Instead, they end up spending the night in the presence of the Lord and are forced to deal with much more than they bargained for. Full summary » |  »

Story: Durell Washington and LeeJohn Jackson are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When Durell learns that his ex-girlfriend plans to move to another state with their son Durell Jr.–unless they can get her $17,000 to pay off a debt– and so Durell and LeeJohn ultimately comes up with a desperate scheme to rob their neighborhood church. But when the duo fumbles their way through the break-in, they discover someone has beaten them to the punch. In order to get their hands on the money, Durell and LeeJohn are forced to spend the night in the presence of the Lord and his followers–and end up getting a lot more than they bargained for.Written by Anthony Pereyra {}  

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Produced By:

  • Matt Alvarez known as producer
  • Stacy Cramer known as executive producer (as Stacy Kolker Cramer)
  • Ice Cube known as producer
  • Trae Ireland known as co-producer
  • Neil A. Machlis known as executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
  • Jessica McCullagh known as associate producer
  • David McIlvain known as producer
  • Ronald G. Muhammad known as executive producer (as Ronald Muhammad)
  • Tim Story known as producer
  • David E. Talbert known as producer
  • Julie Yorn known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ice Cube known as Durell
  • Katt Williams known as Rickey
  • Tracy Morgan known as LeeJohn
  • Loretta Devine known as Sister Doris
  • Michael Beach known as Deacon
  • Keith David known as Judge B. Bennet Galloway
  • Regina Hall known as Omunique
  • Malinda Williams known as Tianna
  • Chi McBride known as Pastor Arthur Mitchell
  • Clifton Powell known as Officer Eddie King
  • Nicholas Turturro known as Officer D'Agostino
  • Olivia Cole known as Momma T
  • Red Grant known as Harold
  • C.J. Sanders known as Durell Jr.
  • Rickey Smiley known as Bernice Jenkins
  • Arjay Smith known as Preston
  • Kim Staunton known as Public Defender
  • Sterling Ardrey known as Timmy (as Sterling D. Ardrey)
  • Gerry Black known as Mr. Wally
  • Joy Brunson known as Choir Member 2
  • P.J. Byrne known as Assistant D.A.
  • Paul Campbell known as Blahka
  • Melanie Comarcho known as Waitress
  • Bashirrah Creswell known as Choir Member 3
  • Antwone Dickey known as Pirate
  • Starletta DuPois known as Grandmother
  • Roy Jackson known as Boyfriend
  • Patricia Mikel known as Sister Baker
  • Byron Blu Mitchell known as Choir Member 1
  • Aya Nagasaki known as Massage Attendant
  • Reynaldo Rey known as Soul Joe
  • Martell Robinson known as Mordecai
  • Tiffany Pollard known as Omunique's Client
  • Retta known as Roberta
  • Kurt Carr known as Choir Band
  • Nathaniel Kearney Jr. known as Choir Band
  • Timothy P. Mason known as Choir Band
  • Sheryl Harper known as Choir Band
  • Vernon Keith Allen known as Choir
  • Jackie Brown known as Choir
  • Troy Clark known as Choir
  • David Daughtry known as Choir
  • Kesha Ealy known as Choir
  • Janet Fuller known as Choir
  • Chara Hammonds known as Choir
  • Melody Hess known as Choir
  • Frank Ingram known as Choir
  • Patricia Johnson known as Choir
  • Carolyn Johnson-White known as Choir
  • Helen Jones known as Choir
  • Shanika Leeks known as Choir
  • Rodney Matthews known as Choir
  • Margarette Miller known as Choir
  • James Neuble known as Choir
  • Aseneth Parker known as Choir
  • Nicoe Potts known as Choir
  • Kecia Sanders known as Choir
  • Koda Turner known as Choir
  • Andre Washington known as Choir
  • Rodney Washington known as Choir
  • Otha White known as Choir
  • Rachel Whitlow known as Choir
  • Linda Willis known as Choir
  • Brandon Winbush known as Choir
  • Don Abernathy known as Church Member (uncredited)
  • Kristin J. Hooper known as Hot Girl (uncredited)
  • Diondre Jones known as Restaurant customer (uncredited)
  • Sydelle Noel known as Hot Girl #2 (uncredited)
  • Steve Turner known as Homeless Drunk (uncredited)

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  • Tena Austin known as makeup artist: second unit
  • John H. Bivins III known as barber
  • Martha Callender known as makeup artist
  • Debra Denson known as makeup artist: Ice Cube
  • Jason Green known as hair stylist
  • Andrea Jackson known as hair stylist: second unit
  • Jasmine Kimble known as hair department head
  • Bret Mayo known as hair stylist
  • Cole Paterson known as makeup artist
  • Cole Patterson known as makeup artist
  • Beverly Jo Pryor known as makeup department head
  • Judy Twine known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • William Eliscu known as graphic designer
  • Susan Frontiera known as construction estimator
  • Stephen Gibson known as assistant property master
  • L. David Gordon known as drapery foreman
  • Eric A. Hulett known as set dec buyer
  • Vinson Jae known as stand-by painter
  • Jeffrey Paul Johnson known as property master (as Jeff Johnson)
  • Scott Kitchen known as propmaker
  • Robert Kropfl known as location foreman
  • Tim Lehman known as location painter
  • Michael C. Magno known as set dresser
  • Desma Murphy known as assistant art director
  • Trevor Rudolph known as set dresser
  • Tomas Sallvin known as construction coordinator
  • John Sweeney known as assistant property master
  • Viva Wang known as set designer
  • Randy Molique known as on-set dresser (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Screen Gems (presents)
  • Cube Vision
  • Story Company, The (as Story Company)
  • Firm Films

Other Companies:

  • Executive Assurance  security
  • Liquid Soul Media  marketing and promotion
  • All Balloons All The Time  balloon decor
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cellular fax rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  opticals
  • V & J Translations  Japanese signage translations


  • Screen Gems (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • LK-TEL (2008) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL7)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2008) (Argentina) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Zoic Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Sean Amlaner known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios
  • Sean Coonce known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Andreas Jablonka known as digital compositor: Zoic Studios
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor
  • Bethany Pederson Onstad known as digital artist (as Bethany Pederson)
  • Dawrath Phoue known as rotoscope artist: Zoic Studios
  • R. Matt Smith known as digital compositor
  • Sean Tompkins known as visual effects coordinator

Release Date:

  • USA 11 January 2008
  • UK 28 March 2008
  • Kuwait 10 April 2008
  • Argentina 20 May 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Greece 26 May 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 17 June 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 9 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Russia 10 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 15 July 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 19 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 22 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 4 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 24 August 2010 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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