Andy Colby is doomed to another typical day of babysitting. But this day is anything but typical when Andy's little sister is pulled through the TV and Andy is sent on an incredibly awesome... See full summary »
Fact based story about the racial tensions that occurred in Boston in the 1970's because of court ordered busing to end desegregation. The story focuses on an African-American mother ... See full summary »
Roy T. Anderson,
Won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Short of 1954. The subject deals with the children at The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. The hearing-handicapped children are ... See full summary »
As noted by the first three reviewers (ironically, all of them from Oklahoma... clearly a state that recognizes great films), "Glory! Glory!" is truly special. The late, great director Lindsay Anderson solidified his well-deserved reputation as a master of satire with this entry.
Unfortunately, "Glory! Glory!" has never been released on either VHS or DVD. A pity, because the writing, acting and overall production are positively brilliant. Never too heavy-handed, it makes solid points about the business of televangelism and how it is no different from any other aspect of showbiz. Backroom deals of all types are cut, individuals act in self-serving ways that contradict the "holy mission" they claim to represent, people manipulate, control and abuse one another ... and that's just on the surface!
Did I mention that this is achieved with a wry, light-hearted touch? Presenting this potentially inflammatory material in such tongue-in-cheek fashion prevents it from descending into a lecture. The viewer will find himself laughing out loud much of the way. A real bonus is that the music is also top rate and never intrusive; when we hear a song, it is part of the overall story and thus propels it forward.
Richard Thomas and Ellen Greene are standouts. Both infuse their characters with a depth that allows us easy access to their individual strengths and weaknesses. That being said, in my estimation James Whitmore's performance as Lester Babbitt runs away with the show. Sublime and outrageous simultaneously, it is the stuff of legend. A consummate character actor, Whitmore has never been finer.
If you ever get the opportunity to see this, drop everything else and make it top priority. You will indeed be rewarded.
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