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Mother Teresa

Narration by Richard Attenborough , Ann & Jeanette Petrie  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Narration by Richard Attenborough
  • Directors: Ann & Jeanette Petrie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Petrie Productions
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 1986
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,594 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Two Thumbs Up Inspirational and absolutely fascinating By Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, Siskel and Ebert Ebert: The documentary, Mother Teresa, goes a long way toward explaining why this quiet, simple old woman has become on of the most loved and respected people in the world. For one thing, we find out in this movie, she's not so quiet and simple. She comes across as an intelligent, determined and sometimes very funny woman who was born in Albania. ..What I saw in this film was a woman who is not only idealistic and, must I use this word, saintly, but also very practical and a well organized person, a natural leader whose vision is so clear and concentrated the she started an international movement with almost literally no financial resources. Big business could study this movie for lessons from Mother Teresa in organization and management.Siskel: At one point she's talking to some of the people working for her. She says to these young peple, "If you don't have that zeal, pack up and go home. Not need to stay". I mean, she could be Lee Iacocca talking to the Chrysler plant.So you see the full woman here. You see tragic scenes of her helping people, reaching and touching the people that no one else will touch.We both appreciated the documentary on the amazing life of Mother Teresa, an inspiring story, a well made documentary about one of the most chfaritable spirits of our time, Two Thumbs Up. --Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, Siskel and Ebert

RIVETINGTerrifically moving and convincing By Vincent Canby, The New York Times The film, "Mother Teresa" was made by Ann and Jeanette Petrie, sisters who produced and directed it as a team. They honor their subject without turning her into a sentimental icon. The film offers biographical materialbut mostly the film is about the woman today, and these sections are riveting, disturbing and occasionally funny. With all of her apparent innocence and serenity, Mother Teresa has a firm unstoppable willThe Mother Teresa discovered by the Petries is no vaguely motivated do-gooder. She's a woman of formidable, awesome faith, which is at the root of everything she does even when she's receiving an honorary degree from Harvard. "Many people," she says at one point, "mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus". Unlike those who are irresistibly drawn to Mother Teresa as a media figure, the Petries appreciate her priorities. --Vincent Canby, The New York Times

MARVELOUS Successfully moves the spirit and lifts the soul By Daniel Ruth, The Chicago Sun Times Five years in the making, "Mother Teresa" is a brilliant documentary. This is not just a study of an individual's struggle against poverty, hunger and sickness. It also is a reminder that in this terrifying world, goodness and hope remain for all of usDuring this 81 minute film viewers will get to know not just a symbol of virtue, but also a real human being capable of stubbornness, political savvy and engaging humor. ..The film "Mother Teresa" follows the nun, troubled by a heart condition, on her many travels around the world. She is shown meeting with world leaders, crossing a battle zone in Beirut to help trapped children, and cleaning out a building for the order in San Francisco. The film "Mother Teresa" deserves whatever accolades it receives. --Daniel Ruth, The Chicago Sun Times

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one heart full of the love of Jesus July 25, 2008
By matt
If you ever wonder what the meaning of love and suffering is, this penetrating view of the life and work of Mother Teresa and her band of merry nuns will most likely leave you a different person if you act on the impulse that it will leave you with. I have shown this film to over a hundred people and every single person, Christian to atheist, has been bettered by it. The product review above gives a fine summary, and I can only add that if we take seriously the call of Jesus to love one another as He has loved us, then each one of us will find a way to express kindness and aid to those around us.

A major message of the film is that small acts done with great love reveal the power of God and bring Christ in our midst, Who is present in the poor and lonely. We don't need to travel overseas to love the poor. We need only to walk down the road and really see a stranger's need, call a relative we have forgotten or snubbed, visit a nursing home. A nun once told a seeker who had asked how a person can know if they love God. She replied, think about the person you hate the most, for that is how much you really love God our Father. Mother Teresa confronts us with both our weaker and stronger selves. Let this film be a means of grace for you.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars windygarden December 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this film 15 years ago and it was a life altering experience. Immediately, I went out and purchased the video, despite the fact that I did not own a VCR at the time, and proceeded to show it to anyone that was interested. Very thought provoking and compelling. I have seen this film at least 20 times and still it is very new and eye opening. It is filmed gracefully and tells the story of Mother Teresa through unfiltered lenses. What we see is what transpired. No matter what our spiritual orientation might be, we cannot deny the fact of Mother Teresa's profound impact upon our world. The most heart rending scene, out of so many, is the one in Lebanon as Mother Teresa goes to rescue invalid children. That alone is worth the price of this video. Priceless!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother Teresa December 15, 2007
Mother Teresa
This movie changed my life. You will see what God's love working through one person can do to change the world. Buy this one!
Van in New Mexico
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Mother Theresa Documentaries December 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
DEFINITELY, best of the Mother Theresa Documentaries. Get ready for graphic footage of Mother in action; picking up the poor right off the street; cuddling a deformed orphan and bringing joy to everyone she meets. You are heartless or dead if this video does not deeply touch your soul.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie will change your life! July 30, 2008
To watch this beautiful documentary is to be touched, challenged, inspired, and humbled. Mother Teresa's grace will move you beyond your expectations. The experience is nothing short of transformational. The documentary is well crafted and compelling, and its message is timeless. This film is must-see. It is the definitive film on Mother Teresa.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best documentary available May 19, 2008
This is perhaps the most authentic documentary to date on Blessed Mother Teresa -- the result of many years of on-site filming of Mother Teresa and her sisters, tracking her trials and victories as she finds new houses, diverts wars, receives the nobel peace prize, etc... This is not a typical documentary in which you see interviews of people, who knew people, who knew Mother Teresa. This film rather submerses the viewer into the life of Mother Teresa, her work, and her message.

I would also recommend the sequal to this film, also published by the Pietre's.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational experience September 3, 2008
This movie is more than entertainment. It is inspirational, even potentially life altering, to witness Mother Teresa's caring for the "poorest of the poor." Ann and Jeanette Petrie's documentary is clear and powerful, allowing viewers to directly connect with the work and joy Mother and the Sister's of Charity find in their mission. This movie is about love and life, and will provoke viewers to consider the basic question: "What are we here for?"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Documentary April 30, 2008
By Renn S.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful documentary about Mother Teresa's life and ministry. This film follows Mother Teresa as she ministers around the world, and contains many impactful interviews with her. This was a very powerful documentary that has challenged me to love the unlovable around me and that has challenged me to live a life of generosity and faith. This was a very influential film in my life, and I highly recommend it to any who are interested in learning more Mother Teresa's inspirational story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring film!
Mother Teresa demonstrated to the world how one can contribute their life to being "God's Love in Action"
and that the meaning of life is "Giving and Receiving... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Denis Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary
A beautiful documentary on Mother Teresa. I loved the footage and her words in the film. A good watch if you want to know more about her.
Published 9 months ago by Shakeh
5.0 out of 5 stars God loves all His children
Start loving one person at a time. All things are possible with God. God calls us to be faithful not successful. Leave all things in His hands and providence.
Published 11 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
I've got every film/dvd made on Mother Teressa and this one is the best. It was filmed over a 5 yr. period and captures her essence. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fishgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
have had this documentary for a very long fact we wore it out...this was our replacement copy...we love it!
Published 13 months ago by Ann Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
Many years ago I found its message (then on video) a very powerful influence on myself and those I showed it to. Sadly that video wore out, and I was delighted to find it on DVD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film.
Such a good person as Mother Teresa should be known to all. If you have yet to introduce Mother Teresa to your family I highly recommend that you purchase this DVD and make it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Henri Pelletier
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic documentary
I thought it would be boring and uncomfortable to watch but it is down to earth, real, the interviews with the nuns are brief, honest and get to the heart of any questions you may... Read more
Published 20 months ago by syl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful classic
The great thing of modern saints (other than the blessings of having them amongst us at all) is that we're able to not only read their writings, but capture them on film and in... Read more
Published 21 months ago by D. Mink
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Very good documentary with meaningful depth and well thought out script. Would buy again. Really liked it. Needed in this secular age
Published 22 months ago by tringo
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