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Marjoe -- The Academy-Award®-winning MARJOE is the ferocious and extraordinary chronicle of a firebrand evangelical preacher who wholeheartedly and humorously exposes himself as a fraud.


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7 March 1974 (Netherlands) See more »
You Keep the Faith...Marjoe Keeps the Money
Part documentary, part expose, this film follows one-time child evangelist Marjoe Gortner on the "church tent" Revivalist circuit... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Hard-hitting, hilarious expose of tent revivals See more (21 total) »



Marjoe Gortner ... Marjoe

Sarah Kernochan ... Herself

Directed by
Sarah Kernochan 
Howard Smith 
Produced by
Sarah Kernochan .... producer
Max Palevsky .... executive producer
Howard Smith .... producer
Cinematography by
Ed Lynch 
David Myers 
Richard Pearce 
Thomas Reichman 
Michael Shea 
Kenneth Van Sickle 
Film Editing by
Lawrence Silk 
Sound Department
John Binder .... sound
L.A. Johnson .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Grant .... assistant camera (los angeles)
Michael Klick .... assistant camera: Los Angeles
Ned Kopp .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Jeffrey Friedman .... assistant editor
Music Department
Sarah Kernochan .... lyricist
Sarah Kernochan .... singer
Barbara Kopple .... thanks

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88 min
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Marjoe's father, who appeared in one scene, was unaware of the true nature of the documentary.See more »
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »
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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Hard-hitting, hilarious expose of tent revivals, 16 February 2004
Author: smokehill retrievers from Chancellorsville VA

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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