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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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Marjoe: Can God deliver a religion addict?
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Hard-hitting, hilarious expose of tent revivals
16 February 2004 | by (Chancellorsville VA) – See all my reviews

This is the only film I have ever seen where I left the theater with sore gut muscles from laughing so hard. Gortner's well-produced expose of the tent-revival circuit shows the denizens of that world for what they are,which offended and embarrassed a great many fundamentalists and the preachers who often fleece them; these thugs were the direct ancestors of our modern,slick televangelists.

It's not so much that all of them are crooked -- though a good many are crooks and/or hypocrites -- but the overwhelming majority of even the "legitimate" ones tend to be businessmen and showmen first, preachers second (if it doesn't hurt the bottom line). There's an aphorism that states that every social movement starts out as a good cause, then becomes a business, and inevitably turns into a racket. This film portrays that in spades.


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