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Mormon Temple Film (1969)

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A montage of scenes depicting the creation of the world is followed by a dramatization of the travails of Adam and Eve, as they are tempted by Lucifer, ejected from the Garden of Eden, and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bryce Chamberlain ...
Jehovah
Ron Frederickson ...
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Hank Kester ...
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R. LeRoi Nelson ...
Spencer Palmer ...
Minister
Robert Peterson ...
Jehovah (voice)
Lena Tulaunen Rogers ...
Eve
Glen Shaw ...
Narrator
Jesse Stay ...
Elohim
Lael Woodbury ...
Elohim (voice)
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A montage of scenes depicting the creation of the world is followed by a dramatization of the travails of Adam and Eve, as they are tempted by Lucifer, ejected from the Garden of Eden, and taught by Peter, James, and John the secret tokens that will one day admit them to God's Celestial Kingdom. Audience members make the same covenants as Adam and Eve during the course of the film. Written by William Perry Shunn <wpshunn@sff.net>

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Before being retired, this film was shown during the Mormon temple endowment ceremony, one of the religious rites of the LDS Church. Since only Latter-Day Saints are allowed in LDS temples, very few people who are not members of the LDS church have seen this film, and younger Mormons never had the opportunity to see it either. It has not been used in a long time and should not be confused with the video-taped versions that replaced it. The current version not only has a completely different cast, its content has been considerably altered to conform with changes in the endowment ceremony made in 1990. See more »

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This film seems like a reheated Masonic Temple ceremony
24 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The acting, sets, and costumes were excellent but these things can never compensate for the lame screen play by Joseph Smith, Jr. This is so despite significant rewrites through the years by other writers. The story itself is like a bad version of Milton's "Paradise Lost" which ties in closely with Masonic Temple ceremonies.

The viewings I attended were very interactive with a costumed audience and not unlike "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in that regard although the participants only wore white and were much more sober than a typical RHP crowd. Both are definitely cult classics considering the many viewings they receive.

The acting is decent. Lena Tulaunen Rogers is totally steamy in the role of Eve. She left me wanting to see more. Ron Frederickson as Lucifer chilled my blood in one scene in which he turns to the audience and warns them about disclosing the secrets revealed in the film. I liked Gordon Jump (in the role of Peter) much better as the inept boss in "WKRP in Cincinnati". Definitely a poor casting choice.

This film can only be viewed as a sort of cult classic. If you can't enjoy it on that level my advice is steer clear of it.


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