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Work & the Glory (2005)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Excel Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WQHQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Based on the best selling series by Gerald N. Lund, The Work and the Glory blends high-powered fiction with true events from the life of Joseph Smith. Experience the tragedies and triumphs of the Steed family amid the raging controversy that surrounds the teachings of one of the most influential religious leaders in American history. Direction: Russell Holt Actors: Alexander Carroll, Brenda Strong, Brighton Hertford, Eric Johnson, Special Features: Widescreen format. Language: English Year: 2004 Runtime: 110 minutes

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Are They All Wrong Together?" March 9, 2008
I watched `The Work and the Glory' several years ago before I started writing reviews and I found it interesting, but somehow disconcerting. Only recently did I stop long enough to rethink my befuddled feelings about this film and came to the conclusion that it was the depiction of Joseph Smith that bothered me. He was too perfect, too angelic to be an honest portrayal of the man. However as I followed that line of thinking further I realized that isn't that what we do with cinematic depictions of Jesus, or any other spiritual teacher or iconic figure (i.e. Gandhi) portrayed on the silver screen? Why should my feelings towards Joseph Smith be any different? Because he was a Mormon that's why!

That was a rather illuminating discovery on my part for I consider myself to be quite open-minded and tolerate in matters of faith and religion. Hence, I decided to watch the film again from a more aware, unbiased vantage point before writing my review. With the second viewing now complete I must say oh what a difference a new perspective makes.

The '04 film `The Work and the Glory' succeeds on every level; complete with gorgeous cinematography, rich, nostalgic soundtrack, well-conceived and scripted storyline with a cast of unknown, but wonderfully talented actors and actresses. The central cast consisting of Eric Johnson, Alexander Carroll and Tiffany Dupont deliver excellent performances that carry the romantic elements of the film from beginning to end. However the heart and soul of the film is the personage of Joseph Smith and the beginning of the Mormon Church. Obviously if he fails to stike a positive cord with the audience the rest of the story crumbles. Fortunately, Jonathan Scarfe is brilliant as the young Joseph; attractive, intelligent, considerate, masculine and ruthlessly unwavering in his personal convictions and belief in his divine vision and mission.

Bottom line, it's a great film! There I said it, I feel better now.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pillar of Light - A UK Review May 14, 2005
We received the DVD this morning, set up our multi-regional player and sat down to watch a great story with some trepidation.

How could a movie match the quality of the book. It didn't. What we watched was a brilliant translation to the screen of a breath taking story told by a writer who should be far better known than he is.

The sets were good, the photography truly beautiful. The capturing of sunsets and a stormy night for dramatic tension were superbly captured.

Both of our children, aged ten and fourteen, sat through the entire movie as captivated as ourselves, and they havent read the book.

We cannot wait for the next installment.

Steve & Jill Hodkin.

Manchester UK
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work and the Glory Movie DVD May 8, 2005
This is an excellent movie! The cinematography is very artistic, and a lot of effort was taken to be true the times. The movie also stays very close to the book, with only a few minor exceptions. While the movie obviously features certain events from the early history of the LDS Church, those of other faiths should be able to watch it without feeling like they are being proselyted. The spiritual events are treated with a reverent brevity. The movies moral of religious tolerance should appeal to those of many faiths.

The DVD special features include the original theatrical trailer for the movie and a commentary voiced by the Director and the Director of Photography.

Overall, I felt that the movie was very well done, with some amazing pieces of acting portraying some very emotional scenes. Of course, given the source, there is no foul language (that I could find) and no innapropriate scenes (unless you count a handful of short kissing scenes).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! March 14, 2005
This movie was very well done. It was sweet, clean and wholesome. The acting was supurb. I loved it and highly recommend it to anyone.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable June 20, 2005
I have not read the Gerald Lund books, which I hear are quite good, but I thought the movie was absolutely great. The acting was better than expected, the story was interesting and the overall movie effect was very entertaining. With all the trash that Hollywood throws out nowadays, this was quite refreshing to see. High on family values and religion.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie of the series March 14, 2005
I've always thought it would be wonderful to have a movie of these books. I really enjoyed it. There aren't many family movies these days and it's nice to have one like this.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUCH better than I expected... June 23, 2006
Having seen my fair share of religious-based movies, from thrillers to the downright serious, I wasn't too keen to check out 'The Work & The Glory'. However, that being said, maybe my expectations were low, consequently as I sat through the movie I was pleasantly surprised at how intelligent and more importantly how well-done the entire production was. I fully expected this film to *Look* cheaply put together, and it had absolutely nothing that seemed *Cheap* about it.

I steer away from the usual fictional/religious novels that seem to be growing in popularity these days, so I cannot comment on how good/bad the film adaptation was...but what I CAN comment on was how well it all turned out. The story of the Steed family being caught up in the so-called Mormon Movement that ignited quite a stir in the early part of the 19th Century is one that caught my attention and found to be entertaining from beginning to end. The family goes through some tough struggles as many families actually did at that time when the religious uprising began in earnest during that same time in the American North East. Part of the Steed family embraces the message of Joseph Smith, the other part views him first as a kook, and then as a genuine threat to virtually everyone. The father seems as though during a different time he may have joined the growing flock of Mormons, but in this movie he seems more annoyed at what becomes of his family as they are touched by Smith's message than anything else. The oldest son is the focal point of much of the growing tension as well as providing the biggest amount of drama the movie experiences. He chooses a path that will intersect and violently oppose his faith-embracing Mother and siblings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoy watching this movie very much
Published 8 days ago by Bertram Wootton
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend to a friend!
Was okay. Ive seen better LDS films, but it was worth it.
Published 16 days ago by Robin, Milo & FOP
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I bought this movie and wasn't real sure if I'd like it, but I found it to be inspiring. I don't agree with Morman religion, but
over all this is a great movie to watch.
Published 2 months ago by Rachel C. Trotter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant
Love learning more about the prophet Joshet Smith and how they were attacked by non-believers of the LDS church...all thought he was a dreamer or insane.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gloria Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!
Great seller@ Aswesome packaging . Wonderful movies. Looking forward to give the 2nd to friends soon. Excellent movie for sure!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Eliza M Shumway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie...
Great movies. Nothing more to say. Helps to watch the movies in order to follow the story line. Worth the time.
Published 6 months ago by Patricia L. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars A good film for all
I was 58yrs old when I joined the church and I thank God I have an open mind toward the truth.
If, and I am sure what he ( The Lord Jesus Christ ) said is true, by their... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Daniel M
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Came quickly and this is an excellent movie. I really like the actors in this movie. They all do a good job.
Published 11 months ago by Clinton Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars WORK AND THE GLORY
Published 11 months ago by Lover of Life
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but I am not jumping up and down
Very simple and straightforward. I appreciate that the contextual information was not dramatize and that there is a story line that makes the historical information a bit more... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Denese Mcdonald
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