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Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit, commenting on the showmanship of Evangelism and "the ... See full summary »

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Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit, commenting on the showmanship of Evangelism and "the religion business", prior to the start of "televangelism". Written by Steven F. Scharff <sfscharff@juno.com>

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You Keep the Faith...Marjoe Keeps the Money


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The film was not shown in most of the southern United States due to the distributor's fear of the outrage it would cause. See more »

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Marjoe: Glory je to Besus!
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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Slain in the Spirit (2012) See more »

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Going to Heaven to Meet the King
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Performed by The Lighthouse Tabernacle Choir with June Samuels
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Would make a great double feature with RELIGULOUS.
4 December 2008 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

This film actually won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 1972 and profiles former child evangelist Marjoe Gortner as he re-enters the seedy world of preaching across the US for money. Gortner is very open that he is doing it for quick cash and exposes the tricks of the trade. The filmmakers make sure to hammer this point home by juxtaposing shots of dudes counting stacks of money with sermons. I would have preferred more on Marjoe the man as they barely scratch the surface. For instance, he speaks briefly about the relationship with his father (also a preacher) but the filmmakers never dig deeper. The sermons/preachings highlighted are overly drawn out as well, running 20 minutes at a time which makes them tend to get repetitive. The end has Gortner contemplating a move into acting, something he was able to do for the better part of the 70s and 80s.


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