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    Adam Mitchell, played by Alex Kendrick, and Shane Fuller, played by Kevin Downes, search a home for wanted criminals in a scene from the faith-based film "Courageous." The film opens Sept. 30.
January 31, 2012|10:28 am

The latest Christian film to become a box office hit, "Courageous," has soared to the top of the U.S. DVD charts.

It reached No. 4 in the U.S. box office when it released in cinemas last September and beat "Ides of March," "Abduction" and "Moneyball" to claim the No. 1 spot on the DVD charts when it released in the format last week.

"Courageous" tells the story of four law enforcement officers who have the confidence to face the worst crimes on the streets, yet face a struggle in the home that none of them feel prepared for: fatherhood.

The film is by Sherwood Pictures, the same church-based studio that produced the hit flick "Fireproof."

It is being released straight to DVD in the U.K. by Authentic Media on Feb. 27. Churches are being encouraged to use the film as a resource and host movie screening nights.

To help them, Authentic Media has produced movie kits, which include the DVD and a special licence giving churches permission to screen the movie on their premises for a year.

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Michael Catt, executive producer of the film and Sherwood Baptist Church senior pastor, said: "Courageous is that rare movie combining an entertaining, engaging story with a vital, inspiring message.

"You'll be on the edge of your seat watching 'Courageous,' then rise up when it's over, resolving to make a difference in your life and the lives of those you care about."