“Last Ounce of Courage” follows the life of a father, son and grandfather who each take a stand for the rights of religious freedom and public expression.
The movie’s been endorsed by actor Chuck Norris, a devout Christian and champion of American values and the men and women who serve in our military. Norris told FOX411: “It was an easy choice to endorse this film because it’s message is consistent with my life principles and core values. I’ve been asked to lend my name to endorse causes and projects for years, and I never had a mechanism to do that. A few years ago I decided to create a seal of approval as a marker that is consistent with my core values: ‘No one should miss it’- Chuck Norris.”
Marshall Teague, who had worked with Norris on the TV series “Walker Texas Ranger,” plays a small-town mayor in “Last Ounce of Courage.” Teague believes the movie will strike a powerful chord across the country: “It’s about faith, family and freedom – it really is about every town in America. It will touch something in your psyche and in your heart. We’ve had theaters filled with people openly weeping. After one screening, a gentleman came up to me and told me he had served, and that he had been waiting 85 years for someone to stand up there and say what I said.”
Over the years, Teague said he has been faced with personal attacks because he expressed his religious and political convictions, and that inspirational films have become few and far between in the entertainment industry. “Movies like this aren’t considered ‘fashionable,’ and people are afraid of being jumped on for taking a strong stand,” he said.
But above all, “Last Ounce of Courage” seeks to spark dialogue about America’s founding values, patriotism and individual rights.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and that is what this country was designed around. Brave men and women have unfortunately lost their lives to defend our freedom,” Teague said. “You have the right to religious freedom, the freedom to speak your mind. When that is taken away, what have you got? It would be a pretty grey world. In my lifetime, I have never seen more cruelty directed toward people who speak their minds. This is not the country I was born in, this is not America. And that really bothers me.”
“Last Ounce of Courage” had a national premiere on Patriot Day (September 11), from which a portion of the proceeds was donated to military charities. The movie is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.