A document is discovered that appears to be an ancient eyewitness account of the life of Jesus Christ. A public relations executive is hired to publicize this document as a new version of ... See full summary »
A document is discovered that appears to be an ancient eyewitness account of the life of Jesus Christ. A public relations executive is hired to publicize this document as a new version of the Bible, but he finds himself enmeshed in controversy and intrigue. Written by
Mother Angelica, the Roman Catholic nun who would launch EWTN (Eternal Word Televsion Network) in 1981, was perturbed by the existence of this miniseries, deeming it "blasphemous" on the basis of its plot summary. WBMG, the CBS affiliate where Mother Angelica produced her television program, was scheduled to air the miniseries in November of 1978, causing a rift between Mother Angelica and WBMG GM/VP Hugh Smith. See more »
[extending her hand]
Mr. Randall! How delightful to see you! It's been a long time.
[doesn't shake her hand]
Yes, Miss Dunn. Still keeping body and soul separate?
[Coldly, dropping her hand]
Yes. When necessary.
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THE WORD is based on a novel by Irving Wallace. Despite what "Ale fish" said in his comments I have to disagree. He is basing his review on the released three hour version of an eight hour mini-series. I made the mistake of buying this version also. It's not worth the powder to blow it to hell.
I taped this mini-series when it originally aired. I have it in NH and hope to retrieve it within the next month or so. I'm more hopeful that I will be able to transfer it to DVD or VHS. I originally recorded it in Beta.
I started to watch the available VHS copy that I purchased. I turned it off after 20 minutes. Even though it's been years since I've seen it the cutting of the film was atrocious.
Hopefully, one day, "Ale fish" and everyone else will have a DVD copy of this mini-series. It's is truly an 8+ rating when seen in it's entirety.
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