8.1/10
24
1 user

Papa Was a Preacher (1985)

G | | Drama
Reviews
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lambada I (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Kevin Laird is a Beverly Hills school teacher by day and a mystery man by night. Using his lambada dance moves to first earn the kid's respect and acceptance, Kevin then teaches them ... See full summary »

Director: Joel Silberg
Stars: J. Eddie Peck, Melora Hardin, Adolfo Quinones
You I (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A recent widower looks for the balance in raising his daughter on his own and keeping the image of his wife alive in his mind.

Director: Melora Hardin
Stars: Melora Hardin, Gildart Jackson, Brenda Strong
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

"Reckless Kelly is the Australian Robin Hood". Kelly is a bank robber, a pop-culture hero and video shop owner. This modern story tells how he is furious when a Japanese company wants to ... See full summary »

Director: Yahoo Serious
Stars: Yahoo Serious, Melora Hardin, Alexei Sayle
Chameleon (1995)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A government agent who had retired comes out to try to find a druglord who had his family murdered. However, as he assumes various roles, his chief becomes concerned about him as he starts ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pavone
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Kevin Pollak, Melora Hardin
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In this version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", a hunchback is found living in the bell tower of UCLA. He is put on trial and made to go through tests. One of the research doctors falls for him, and he falls for her in the end.

Director: Jeremy Kagan
Stars: Allan Katz, Corey Parker, Cindy Williams
Soul Man (1986)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

To achieve his dream of attending Harvard, a pampered teen poses as a young black man to receive a full scholarship.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong, Arye Gross
The Comebacks (2007)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A comedy that spoofs the inspirational sports movies, The Comebacks tells the story of an out-of-luck coach, Lambeau Fields, who takes a rag-tag bunch of college misfits and drives them towards the football championships. In the process, this life-long loser discovers that he is a winner after all by redeeming himself, saving his relationship with his family and friends, and finding that there is... See full summary »

Director: Tom Brady
Stars: David Koechner, Robert Ri'chard, Carl Weathers
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A Texas teenager cuts her hair short and becomes an outlaw martyr with her brother and friends.

Director: Matthew Robbins
Stars: Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon
The Hot Chick (2002)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An attractive and popular teenager who is mean-spirited toward others finds herself in the body of an older man, and must find a way to get back to her original body.

Director: Tom Brady
Stars: Rob Schneider, Rachel McAdams, Anna Faris
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Patrick Sheane Duncan
Stars: Nicholas Cascone, Melora Hardin, Kimberley Kates
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
'Papa' Porter
...
'Mama' Porter
...
Missy B
...
John
Laird Stuart ...
Claudie Walker
Brandon Douglas ...
Raymond
...
Janette
Gerrod Miskovsky ...
Edd
Gennie James ...
Alyene
Joshua Butts ...
Paul
...
Mr. Granger
...
Jack Murphy
Tony Morris ...
Elliott Powell
...
Kate Tucker
Stephanie Nichols ...
Darlene Hudson
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Back in Line Again
Written by Ken Sutherland
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Touching View of the life of a Pastor's Family
11 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This thoroughly enjoyable film, set in the 1950's in Texas, is a touching look (based on Alyene Porter's book of the same name) into one year in the life of a pastor's family. If you have ever wondered what these homeland missionaries are really all about, this movie will give you an appreciation for the challenge of this kind of life. Alyene describes her home as "a place where love lived", a description of her life as a pastor's kid portrayed here with care.

Edwin Porter (Robert Pine), a Methodist minister for over seventy years, is sent (by his bishop) to a little church in the little town of Sterling, TX. The church is in financial trouble, and Porter is called there to try to save it. The move is sudden, and is complicated by the fact that Porter's wife (Georgia Engel) and eight(!) children (highlighted by Gennie James as Alyene) are all very comfortable in the large, successful church they have been serving in Dallas. The story of their arrival in Sterling, meeting the church matriarch Missy B (played with charm by Immogene Coca), the banker Jack Murphy (Jerry Haynes) and the challenge at hand is warm, funny, and inspirational.

Special treats include the revivalist Billy Kilgore (Peter Gerety) and his soloist Claudie Walker (Laird Stuart), the shopkeeper Mr. Granger (Rodger Boyce), and the town drunk John White (Dean Stockwell) whose life will hold surprises for all. Each of the children becomes a well-developed character, from Hugh (Dallas Benton), the wise older brother already in seminary at S.M.U., to little Paul (Joshua Butts), who steals several scenes. We learn each of their life-paths at the end of the film. I left the film feeling as if I knew these people well.

The quality casting, depth, and authenticity of the film is truly unusual for a small production, and stands out as one of my favorite films ever.

"Papa was a Preacher" is currently out-of-print, but if you can find it, you will be rewarded.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Need a copy DVD martex34
Discuss Papa Was a Preacher (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?