Recognized for “pushing the boundaries” among Mormon movies, “The Saratov Approach” made an impressive mark in the national market, grossing more than $2.1 million at the box office.
Now, the movie’s success is expected to continue among home viewers, as the movie was released on DVD on March 11.
“The Saratov Approach” is based on the true story of two missionaries, one from Gilbert, Ariz. who were kidnapped while serving in Russia.
It had been 15 years since that experience when director, Garrett Batty, approached Travis Tuttle, a graduate of Gilbert High, and Andrew Lee Propst, of Lebanon, Oregon, with the idea of doing a movie.
“They were very hesitant at first,” Garrett says. He is glad they acquiesced.
“The movie has meant a lot to a lot of people,” Garrett says. “I’ve heard from so many who say it helped increase their faith and recognize God in their lives.
Garrett says he was a little surprised at the reception the movie has received, especially among missionary moms. “Moms have come up to me, emailed and called me to tell me how important the film is to them.”
He says, “The movie’s success has been a fantastic tribute to what Andrew and Travis did and the decisions they made at the time of the experience.”
The DVD is available on the website at www.saratovapproach.com and at DeseretBook.com, Amazon.com and in LDS bookstores. Visit the website for additional information.