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8: The Mormon Proposition (2010)

Dustin Lance Black , Reed Cowan , Steven Greenstreet  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dustin Lance Black
  • Directors: Reed Cowan, Steven Greenstreet
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WOLFE VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003JLL2XQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,588 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "8: The Mormon Proposition" on IMDb

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Sparks an informed dialogue. VARIETY

Amazing! Will knock your socks off... could be the movie of the year. THE HUFFINGTON POST

One of the buzzier documentaries to debut at this year s Sundance Film Fest. THE WASHINGTON POST

POWERFUL STUFF! SALT LAKE, THE MAGAZINE FOR UTAH --Wolfe

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A searing indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California s Proposition 8, and the Mormon religion s secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights.

Narrated by Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award® winning screenwriter of MILK.

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53 of 67 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this film at a screening in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2010. Admittedly, I am LDS and I identify as a gay man. Obviously, this is a movie that I wanted to see because I had these two elements of my life fighting with each other, both in private (in my own mind) and in public (LDS Church vs. the anti-Proposition 8 movement). First of all, the movie definitely has an agenda. However, the title does not lie; sometimes the truth hurts. Being involved in both of these communities fairly actively, I can tell you that this movie brings the truth about Proposition 8 to light. Where the film crosses the line is in its sometimes sensationalistic portrayal, in how the facts are presented to the audience. The truth is presented, but not in the best way or method. Reed Cowan (director) did try to interview LDS Church officials and spokespeople, but his requests were either denied or ignored. Can people really blame him for this? Criticisms of his film being "too biased" are without knowledge of this fact. A lot has to be said for the documents from the 1990's proving that the anti-gay marriage group in Hawaii was created, staffed, and funded through Mormon means. It may all have been done legally, but that doesn't mean that it was right or moral. A lot of criticism of the film points to the "picking-and-choosing" of which phrases from these documents were highlighted on screen and pointed out to the viewer. This is easily remedied: to see the documents, simply go to "MormonGate dot com" and read them. The documents speak for themselves.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disturbing July 26, 2010
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I was a member of the LDS Church until May 2003 after I went infront of my congregation at Northridge 3rd Ward and announced during fast and testimony that I was Gay. I can honestly say that it was a moment of insanity because of what could have happened. I have always been a strong minded person, confident and sure of myself. The mormon's way of brainwashing and threatening really didnt and could not have worked on me. Honestly the Bishop and First Council were pretty cool about it. They took me into the office and sat me down and told me that they know and understand my struggles and that one in every 10 men is gay. They told me that if I wanted the Churche's help, that I could remain a member as long as I vowed celibacy and attended regular meetings with a mormon psychiatrist. I declined. There is nothing wrong with me, I just dont find women attractive and I never have. As a member of the Church I lied about my attractions simply because I wanted to fit in. What most people dont know about being Mormon, is that within the Church is a world in and of itself. There is a support group and friends and leaving that and walking into an empty world where there is no connection to anyone is very terrifying. The only reason i survived is because my life was not exclusively Mormon. I had secular friends and my family consisted of non-believers, baptists, and born again non-denominational christians. My leaving the Church was met with applause. Unfortunately there are alot of young men and women who leave the church and walk into a big world where they dont know anyone and they dont have any support. This documentary really hit home for me. Never has anything made me so sick in my life. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes your breath away November 16, 2012
By RVMama
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As I live in Utah, this came as no surprise as to what the LDS church is capable of. In this film, the church leaders say " we are a mighty army" and believe me, they are. There is no separation of church and state/government in the great state of Utah. What amazed me is how covert they can be and still see themselves as christian. Prop 8 is a gay issue....but it could be ANY issue that the LDS leaders see as a problem, and they will go after it, probably the same way they did in this film, which was so covertly. If they are such a proud and noble church, why did they push the Catholic church to be the face of this issue? Because they knew there would be a backlash against them, and because they knew there could be a problem with their tax status. Yep, a really good film that shows a scary scene that Utahns are all to familiar with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Will Out! September 12, 2012
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A very good documentary style dvd of Mormon money, how it moves and who it shakes. Legislation in California was strongly financed by the church to get there way and yet they say they are a non political group and so pay no taxes. Existing on donation and for god.

And the legislation they wanted stopped and was in there eyes just evil was Gay Marriage.

And in there words they said such an act of 'just love' is evil!

So in 'Land Of The Free' the Mormans stopped a group of people acting out of love from doing something they wished to express.

A well researched piece of work all 'thinking' people need to see. And if your a Mormon I hope it makes you ask where your donated money to help the world find peace and love actually go.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching and Sharing May 3, 2010
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I saw 8: The Mormon Proposition at Sundance and it is worth seeing. It is getting extended standing ovations at every festival it plays at and anyone feeling to criticize it should see it first. They will find as Variety's review states: "8' actually spends more time trying to humanize homosexuals than to demonize those who hate them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EYE OPENER
This was very revealing just how corrupt the Mormon church is and how far they will go to try to stop young people from being gay. Read more
Published 6 days ago by D. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening!
The documentary leaves you with an uneasy feeling, it definitely makes you question the religion. A must see
for everyone.
Published 3 months ago by Yvette Mcgowan
4.0 out of 5 stars I found this very interesting
I was raised Mormon, though I am no longer active in the church. Growing up in the SLC valley, almost everyone we knew were members of the church. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading in schools
To say "I Love it" wouldn't apply....but it was very interesting and sent my blood pressure soaring! Outrageous what passes for religious tolerance these days. Read more
Published 4 months ago by roboshop
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Stuart Mathis
A must-see for EVERYONE. I was raised Mormon, and was utterly shocked to see a very dear family friend highlighted in this documentary. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lizzieb7
4.0 out of 5 stars good documentry
Opened my eyes to the way people in this world really are. Completly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about world religions and the probelms
Published 6 months ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black - Side of Religion....The TRUTH of Distortion of GOD'S...
And they think GOD is with them..... with HATE for there very own children... sad that distortion,perceptions,interpretations ..mask themselves as GOD'S LOVE... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joel C. Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative!
Quite a revelation on the unfairness and ideology of the Mormon Church! And most of the contribution came from Utah! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pinay51
1.0 out of 5 stars Hate is Hate
It's interesting, the documentary along with comments here are soooo upset for the HATE that comes from the "Mormon" (really LDS) church towards the gay community, that they... Read more
Published 10 months ago by MORPHO
5.0 out of 5 stars In-Depth Documentary of this Historic Battle
At the time of the proposition, few people really understood the depth of the Mormon involvement and the mentality and forces driving the participation. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Weeks
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Extremely bigoted and hate misrepresentation of a church's beliefs
I'm not sure how this qualifies as bigotry. it is critical of the LDS Church and its leadership. I've never thought that criticizing an organization makes someone a bigot. By that logic, the makers of "Walmart, The High Price of Low Cost" and "Who Killed the Electric Car" were... Read more
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