Noble (Dove Approved Version)

DVD Release: March 1, 2016
Noble (Dove Approved Version)


They broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. NOBLE, the award-winning feature film, is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the streets of Vietnam.

Dove Review

“Noble” features three wonderful performances from three actresses who portray Christina Noble as a young child, a young woman, and then a woman around 40. The story opens in Dublin, Ireland, in 1955. Christina is devoted to her parents, but she has a difficult life to endure, as her mother is gravely ill and her father comes home drunk too often. He yells and breaks things. One night, the only thing that calms him down is the song that the talented young girl sings.

When a tragedy strikes, young Christina is separated from her siblings and taken to a Catholic orphanage where some of the sisters treat her harshly at times. Eventually she grows older, and in a dramatic scene, she has lunch as a teenager with her father. She gives him a large bill that he is supposed to break, but he leaves her to pay for the meal with no money. He does not return. Eventually she goes to Vietnam and begins to make a difference in the children’s lives there. In one scene, she looks at hungry children scrounging for morsels of food from a dumpster, and she sadly remembers doing the same thing as a child. She helps one young girl who is taken to a motel room by a man. She seizes the girl from his clutches and eventually arranges for his arrest by finding proof that he was dabbling in child pornography. Along the way, she endures a lot of personal tests and trials, but she keeps talking to God, looking for His strength and help.

By the film’s end, we are told that Christina Noble has set up more than 100 projects in Vietnam and Mongolia and has provided protection, education, and health care for more than 700,000 children and their families. In addition, she has won several awards for her humanitarian efforts. We are pleased to award “Noble” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus. It is a gritty and dramatic story about an amazing and unique woman.

Content Description

Sex: A boy whistles at a girl; a young woman is raped (not seen) and a man and his friends toss a coin saying, "Heads or tails," and afterward she is seen with an open blouse and her bra showing; woman becomes pregnant from rape; kid says a man moved in with his mother; kissing on TV; a grown man takes a child to a motel room to have sex with her, but he is stopped; photos of young girls are found in man's motel drawer; a man is arrested for child pornography.
Language: OMG-1; H-1; S-1; Bloody-3; Shut up-1
Violence: A drunken man smashes the furniture and other objects in his home and frightens his wife and children; a nun slaps a young girl; woman slaps nun; kid says his mom's boyfriend beat him; a comment about ducks being a popular business in Vietnam and a man says, "Quack, quack, chop, chop"; Vietnam war images on TV; a woman hits another woman with a mop; woman has a black eye from being abused by husband.
Drugs: Smoking in several scenes and comments about smoking; a character throws down a cigarette; drinking, including beer; some characters are inebriated; mention that a man is a foreman of a brewery; a comment about whiskey.
Nudity: Woman seen in towel with bare shoulders; cleavage; woman's blouse open and bra is visible; prostitutes are wearing short shorts; shirtless children and children in shorts.
Other: Sick woman spits up blood on her daughter; death and grief; a father is supposed to get change from money and leaves his daughter in a restaurant and does not return; cockroaches in tub; a vendor makes a joke about meat not being "dog" meat; kids eat from dumpster; a young girl looks at a portrait of Christ after a nun slaps her, and she asks, "Do you actually care about those people?"; a song that goes, "Hey, little devil"; nuns adopt a child a woman wanted while she is away; a woman becomes angry at God and says He let her down and He better have something good ahead in order to make it up to her, but she continues to pray; in another scene, she says she is going to curse and shout and not ask for forgiveness, but she continues to seek God.


Company: Word Films
Director: Stephen Bradley
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Deirdre O'Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle. Liam Cunningham, Ruth Negga, Nhu Quynh Nguyen Linh, Mark Huberman, Kinh Quoc, Le Ngoc Tu'o'ng, Lu'o Ng My, Dat Khou Nguyen Tien, Gloria Cramer Curtis
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter