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Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story 2000

PG-13 CC
4.4 out of 5 stars (47) IMDb 6.4/10

Like many people, Dorothy Day (1897-1980) just wanted to find fulfillment in her life. Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story shows how she found it in serving New York's poor and being a voice for the voiceless.

Starring:
Moira Kelly, Martin Sheen
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Michael Ray Rhodes
Starring Moira Kelly, Martin Sheen
Supporting actors Lenny von Dohlen, Melinda Dillon, Paul Lieber, Heather Graham, Boyd Kestner, James Lancaster, Geoffrey Blake, Brian Keith, Heather Camille, Thom Adcox-Hernandez, David Berón, Pamela Shafer, Allyce Beasley, Tracey Walter, Paul Weaver, Val Bettin, Mary Greening, Brian Libby
Studio Paulist Productions
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By A Customer on November 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Although many people have not seen this biographical movie about the life of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker, an organization dedicated to helping the poor, it provides a clear and well-crafted image of Day's life. Kelly does an outstanding job, as well as Sheen and a then little-known Heather Graham as a fragile alcoholic. If the story of Dorothy Day intrigues you and you want to know more about her remarkable life, from journalist to single-mother to helper of the poor, this movie will definitely provide you with answers. It is a heart-warming and spiritual journey. Buy it!
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This video was an introduction, for me, to Dorothy Day, and the whole Catholic Worker movement, as it was begun. It made me want to know more (even though I am not a Catholic)! The acting was quite well done, and Moira Kelly was convincing as a passionate Dorothy Day. It is worth sharing, as it is quite an incredible story of faith and history.
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This video portrayed the life of Dorothy Day, a remarkable woman, who with her passion for Christ started the Catholic Worker movement.
A special movie... One that is not at all light-hearted, but one that will challenge you and make you think differently about the value of human dignity.
If you are in the mood for something different, a movie that will bring you closer to your own faith, I recommend this one. It made me reevaluate my priorities.
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I couldn't wait to see this movie. I have read many of Dorothy Day's writings, and I certainly consider her a modern-day saint. This is made even more compelling by virtue of the fact that she came in to the Catholic Church via a true conversion experience. Her life story is extremely provocative in terms of how Christ asks us to address the poor--do we take political action? Individual action? Is this best addressed through policy, or through the Gospel?

And questions about our own materialism emerge: Who among us should be called to a life of voluntary poverty? All of us? Some? A special few? Dorothy Day's life holds a mirror up to our own lives, and begs us to answer these hard questions.

I liked the movie, but didn't love it. Moira Kelly did a fine job in the role of Dorothy Day, and portrayed the young Dorothy as feisty and sensual. Martin Sheen, as Dorothy's soulmate and collaborator in The Catholic Worker, Peter Maurin, was almost a sideshow. I had hoped to see more of that relationship, and the influence he had on Dorothy.

I guess it was the tone of the movie that I objected to--it was a little too "Lifetime" and lacked the gravitas of the great calling Dorothy fulfilled. It connected too few dots for me, other than giving me a few dots on the chronology of Dorothy's life. Perhaps the story should have been more focused on one seminal event or two. Perhaps it should have tried harder to answer just one of the questions Dorothy Day's life raises for the rest of us. In the end, I think it tried to do too much.

But I was certainly grateful for the opportunity to watch the story, and have her life colored in for me a bit. I was thrilled to see that the movie had been made, and it should have been made. Kudos to the cast and crew for giving us this look into the life of Dorothy Day--I just wish it had more depth.
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The basis of all holiness is being true to yourself and Dorothy Day certainly lived a life true to herself. This movie is about a person who imaged love of neighbor by standing up for workers and the needy - an admittedly imperfect woman who has truly merited our applause and veneration. All this is quite clear when seeing Entertaining Angels and coming away from it with a feeling of 'thank God that person like her have lived and are living'.
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Here is a woman, who was not afraid of sharing her believes, her journey as a human being. She lived her life to it's fullest. Her vision of love, peace and justice for humanity became her whole living experience. Like Christ, she became one of us and lived as an angel among us. This video is a wonderful tribute to Dorothy Day and her vision that continues today.
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An Inspiring Movie about a woman (Dorothy Day), her personal discovery of God, and her Quest to be in Loving Unselfish Service to those in desperate need. Truly a shining example of Living Faith!
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Well written, directed and portrayed about a well know community activist. I was impressed that it fairly represented her more radical opinions without turning it into a political movie. Rather, her faith and love for her fellow human beings was given a touch that left everyone moved. Good, first card actors involved with roles they did well. I showed this to my church group and they were very happy to learn about Dorthy Day.
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