A newly ordained minister accepts a summer job with a dynamic TV evangelist only to find deep conflicts between the latter's conventional activities servicing his community's spiritual needs and his power wielded as a TV celebrity.

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A newly ordained minister accepts a summer job with a dynamic TV evangelist only to find deep conflicts between the latter's conventional activities servicing his community's spiritual needs and his power wielded as a TV celebrity.

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The TV Movie Rev. Falwell Was Afraid Of...
20 October 2005 | by (Riverhead, L.I., New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie once, and it was an okay commentary on the whole business of televangelism. There wasn't anything particularly memorable about it for me. What I found more interesting was the controversy which took place around this movie.

This was one of two ABC flicks that the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who was gaining momentum with his newly-formed Moral Majority, not only objected to but tried to keep off the air. He made big noises about how religious people would be portrayed and the movie's inherent criticism of TV ministers in general. Also, I believe it was the first time I saw John Ritter in a serious role, despite the actor's past work before 'Three's Company'. Not being a big fan of 'The Waltons', I didn't know he portrayed a minister on the show until much later. Obviously, John Ritter wasn't exactly covering new territory in this movie.

What was the other flick Falwell had gripes with? It was the much-talked about 'The Day After' - speculation about the effects of a nuclear holocaust.


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