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The Work and the Glory - American Zion (2005)

Sam Hennings , Brenda Strong , Sterling Van Wagenen  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Sam Hennings, Brenda Strong, Eric Johnson, Alexander Carroll, Brighton Hertford
  • Directors: Sterling Van Wagenen
  • Writers: Gerald N. Lund, Matt Whitaker
  • Producers: Jeff T. Miller, Larry H. Miller, Scott Swofford
  • Format: Full Screen, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EWBNNM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Work and the Glory - American Zion" on IMDb

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The second in a series of epic films about the beginnings of the Mormon church (preceded by The Work and the Glory and followed by The Work and the Glory: A House Divided), The Work and the Glory: American Zion chronicles the struggles of church founder Joseph Smith (Jonathan Scarfe, Into the West) to found the promised land--Zion--that God has promised him and his followers. The movie blends historical events (such as the destruction of the printing press used to publish Joseph Smith's visions) with the fictional story of the Steed family: The father, Benjamin (Sam Hennings, Seasons of the Heart), doesn't believe in Smith but labors to support his family, even as his two sons are sent in different directions: Nathan (Alexander Carroll) and his wife follow Smith devoutly, while Joshua (Eric Johnson, Smallville) joins a Missouri militia that drives the Mormons from the state. Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints will undoubtedly find this dramatization of their history compelling; for others, it may feel like a religious soap opera trying to encompass so much history that the characters never develop beyond types. Based on the nine-volume series by Gerald N. Lund; also featuring Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives). --Bret Fetzer

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In November of 1833, the state of Missouri turned a blind eye as hundreds of its peaceful inhabitants were hunted down and driven from their homes in the dead of night. Against this impending strife, a young man with a divine vision leads a people against the aggression of an anti-hero with a vulnerable past. With more than two million copies sold, the second volume of Gerald N. Lund's epic series The Work and the Glory now brings a pivotal moment in American history to the big screen. "The Work and The Glory: American Zion" sets the story of the fictional Steed family against the historically factual backdrop of the Mormon people's move into the West. Divided by their diverse reactions to a nascent ideology, the Steeds struggle to hold together as the strength of their convictions and their filial bonds are tested. The stirring narrative of the faith that led a persecuted people to Missouri and beyond is one of the most poignant untold tales of American history. It is the account of a valiant struggle to exercise the rights promised by a fledgling nation. "The Work and the Glory: American Zion" unearths the story of the passion behind the movement which eventually launched the largest American migration and the colonization of the West: the vision of a promised land in America.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Works & Glory II does a splendid job of picking up where the first left off. The tempo continues at a nice clip, and the acting remains dramatic, authentic, and compelling.

The honesty of the dilemma Joseph Smith creates when, after a 1000 mile treck to reclaim Mormon lands that have been confiscated, he makes a rather difficult decision. His choice causes a "crisis of faith" in one of his most loyal disciples, and causes a skeptic to come to Smith's defense. Clever dialogue here.

The most powerful plus for this sequel is that it answers the big "Why did the Mormons receive so much hostility" question in a manner that is subtle and realistic. From the foundation of this movement, there was a tight-knit, look out for one another ethos that garnered both admiration and fear. Who is this large bloc of people coming into our county? Are they going to take over? Will they usurp our power, try to change the way we've run things? And, of course, will they bloc-vote to prohibit slavery? Missing from the plot of #2 was any signficant religious opposition. Most of the hostility and violence came for political and sociological reasons.

Bottom-line: I'm not LDS, so this film served as more of an education for me, then a "faith-promoting" movie. Nevertheless, those interested in this population, will find the movie informative and well done--especially within the religious movie genre. I'm sure most members of this group will enjoy the movie, and that the leadership will be quietly smiling.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie - Horrible DVD FEATURES May 22, 2006
By K. Gray
Format:DVD
Actually, if you are a fan of the Gerald Lund Work and the Glory books you'll love the movie. They did change a few things in the movie but overall I felt it followed the books about as closely as you can expect.

My problem is not with the movie but with the DVD itself. We spent nearly $22 to buy this movie and we take it home hoping not only to enjoy the movie but a plethora of features as well. When we turned the DVD on you will find that the STINKING CHEAP SKATES who produced the DVD give you only two options on the DVD menu, play movie and setup. How cheap is that? The company that produced the DVD, were too weasly to even put in a chapter selection feature. There were no behind the scene stuff, outtakes or anything.

YOU MIGHT AS WELL PURCHASE A VHS VERSION.... IT'S PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See the movie & skip buying the DVD June 3, 2006
By Claire
Format:DVD
I loved the movie! Lots of action, heart-felt emotion from the Steed family and early Latter-day Saints. I've read all 9 books in the series and of course it's rare a movie does justice to books. But the screenplay chosen here takes a decent shot and leaves me eagerly anticipating the third movie.

HOWEVER - what is up with the DVD? The fact that there is no 'scene selection' (amongst other glaring omissions) is the worst customer satisfaction experience I have ever had buying a movie. It's terrible! Vineyard Distribution take note - you failed miserably and people are not going to be happy with their home copy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Experience August 25, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was going to rate this five stars but my more objective side said, "Naw, four."

I liked this movie better than the first -- it tweeked up the action and the dramatization (a little more `Hollywoodish').

A Special Note: This is FICTIONAL history, although it does to a greater than lesser extent follow actual historical events. Hence, do not expect this to be accurate to a fault; just enjoy it for what it is -- enjoyable and entertaining so much so that I await the next installment.

P.S.: It's great to be able to discover a better than mediocre action, drama type movie without excessive violence, offensive sex scenes and language. For this, at least, it deserves my support.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, Great story. May 9, 2006
Format:DVD
I think Vineyard Distribution had a great run with this film. It would be really nice if the public better understood the realness of this part of U.S. history. Mr. Lund does a great job in telling some important history through this family. Vineyard does an excellent job in making this story real on film for the lazy reader like me. I'm excited to see more of these films if money and interest allow them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping July 24, 2006
Format:DVD
I enjoyed the story line, and drama much more than the first one, though it was necessary to have the first one to help you get familiarized with the characters, and know which way the film is taking you. I really enjoyed it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE IS AN AWESOME MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! September 16, 2006
Format:DVD
I love this movie beyond all reason. I think it is better than the first one. It is really inspiring and very sad at parts. I am NOT disapointed with anything about this movie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Worth Watching May 21, 2006
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I think this is an inspiring, well-made movie. I really don't care how closely the movie does or doesn't follow the book, I thorougly enjoyed it.

I continue to be impressed with Jonathan Scarfe's portrayal of Joseph Smith. He is just about exactly as I've always thought Joseph was. That's just one of the reasons that I really like this movie.

I also very much like Andrew Bowen's portrayal of Brigham Young. I think he captures the essence of Brigham Young's strength of character, his faith, and his loyalty to Joseph Smith. Very well done. Superb.

I've watched this movie twice already, and will probably watch it several more times. I find it moving and inspiring.

I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy watching this movie very much
Published 1 month ago by Bertram Wootton
5.0 out of 5 stars Zion
I've seen better, but overall, it was a good movie to watch.
Published 1 month ago by Robin, Milo & FOP
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift for son
Very dramatic story of the strife of brothers over misunderstandings.
Acting and photography are exemplary. Makes you believe you could be there.
Published 3 months ago by Anita L. Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!
These movies are great and this sequel was so good. The actors are amazing and I love the stories. Cannot wait for the next movie!
Published 5 months ago by Hanna DeBruhl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Nothing else to say...these movies are great! Watch them in order though, it helps to complete the story line the way it was intended.
Published 7 months ago by Patricia L. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars The work and the Glory Movies
I love these movies! I read all the books. I agree that the movies have left a lot out like most movies but I still Love them! Would recommend them to everyone.
Published 8 months ago by Nadine Goodwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Rating "The Work and The Glory"
It was captivating and real. I know these events were taken from journals of the people in this religion. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Polly Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WORK AND THE GLORY
I THOUGHT THIS DVD WAS VERY WELL DONE AND DETAILED.IT CONTAINED TRUE FACTS OF WHAT THE LATTER DAY SAINTS WENT THROUGH DURING ALL THOSE YEARS OF PERSECUTION.
Published 12 months ago by Lover of Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Work and Glory
Give insight to what life was like for the Mormons and how they were spiriturally uplifted and servived. Awesome reading and very up lifting. A must read.
Published 14 months ago by Betty smith
4.0 out of 5 stars The Work and the Glory - American Zion
Since I was shopping under BOOKS, I was surprised to find that I had purchased a DVD instead. I need to be more careful. It is a great movie, but I already own the DVD.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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