I realize IMDb shows Lou Diamond Phillips' first movie as Time Bomb (1984), but I distinctly remember watching a Christian movie at church as a young teen (early 80's), with him in it. Then when La Bamba came out, I was like: "Hey, that's the same guy!"

I grew up in a super conservative church in which secular movies were not allowed; so being able to watch a movie/video at church was a big deal, even though it was a Christian-based movie. I think this may have been the first "movie" I had ever seen besides TV. I don't remember anything about the movie except that it took place in western US during modern times (think old-gas-station-in-dusty-west type of movie).

Did he get his start in Christian movies, or am I going nuts? It was a long time ago.

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You are absolutely right. LDP's first role was in a Christian youth film in the early 80s where he played a boxer, and it's not on IMDb. Says LDP in an interview:

My very first film ever was a little thing called Angel Alley, which was a Christian youth film that was made by the Kuntz brothers and was directed by a guy who became a very, very dear friend of mine, Fred Holmes.

It was about an hour long. You can read about it in this online synopsis of the VHS:

Angel Alley realistically portrays a teenager’s struggle to get in tune with God’s plan for his life. Nick was praying for guidance. Would there be a handwriting on the wall... or a voice from Heaven? Nick knew the Lord had a plan for his life... but he didn’t know how to find it.

You can see some pics from the film here.

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    Oh wow, that's it! So quick too. Does IMDB not include Christian-based movies, or is this an oversight?
    – iMerchant
    Apr 11, 2016 at 20:42
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    This might have been some sort of locally circulated VHS. IMDb doesn't document some of them.
    – Walt
    Apr 11, 2016 at 20:46
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    @Walt that website is hilariously 90's Apr 12, 2016 at 23:03

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