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Pray TV (1980)

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A failing television station is bought out by a slick TV evangelist and starts making mountains of money in the guise of religious programming, but which is actually just an excuse to sell merchandise.

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A failing television station is bought out by a slick TV evangelist and starts making mountains of money in the guise of religious programming, but which is actually just an excuse to sell merchandise.

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If you haven't got a sense of humor, you haven't got a prayer.

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A Little Gem, That Was Before It's Time.
13 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's too bad this movie came out in 1980, instead of about 1986, when all the television evangelism scandals hit, because this movie is a winner on so many levels. It is cheap, it is silly, but it has so many one-liners and on the mark spoofs it's great. In addition to Dabney Coleman, playing Marvin Fleece, you have other actors who went on to become successful, Paul Ruebens, Andy Haig (Hill Street Blues), etc. My favorite line is still, "To get into heaven you must do the hardest thing in the world. Give everything you have to God." Which is followed by a chorus singing about someone who was hit by a bus after church because he didn't give them money. It's got many more memorable moments. Don't miss it.


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