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A Prayer in the Dark (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 2 April 1997
The Hayworth family lives in a Quaker territory in up-state New York. The matriarch, Emily runs the local bank. Years before, she and her family took in troubled, young Jimmy Flood to ... See full summary »

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Emily Hayworth
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Lester (as Silvio Oliviero)
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Marcus Hayworth
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Deborah
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David
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John Dolan
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The Hayworth family lives in a Quaker territory in up-state New York. The matriarch, Emily runs the local bank. Years before, she and her family took in troubled, young Jimmy Flood to protect him from his abusive father. Though one of Emily's grown daughters, Janet feels she did not belong in the quiet, devoutly religious community and left the Quakers, Emily believed that her family ties stayed strong. Real trouble comes to the family when Jimmy Flood returns to the house after busting out of prison with the help of Digby and Lester, and he takes Emily's family hostage in exchange for $4 million. If Emily fails to secure the money in time, her entire family will lose their lives. Determined to resolve the potentially deadly conflict in a peaceful manner, Emily calls an emergency meeting of the town friends to work out a solution and save her family. Written by Anonymous

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Effective story about struggling with faith
1 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Emily Hayworth is a Quaker who works in a bank and has two daughters--Deborah, who is married and pregnant, and Janet, who is somewhat of a rebel. Emily wants Janet to come to work for her, but she wants no part of that life.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Flood has escaped from prison. After joining with two friends, he returns to the town where Emily lives, hoping she will help him as she did once before. But this time, the help he wants is several million dollars from an armored car shipment he is aware will take place.

Despite her strong faith, Emily must lie and steal because she fears for the lives of her family members. The other members of her church help, mostly by lying. These people must deal with difficult ethical decisions, knowing that it is probably better to commit sins than to allow people to die.

I didn't think much of Lynda Carter's performance at first, but the fact is Emily was quite an actress when she had to convince people everything was all right when it wasn't. In that way, Carter was very convincing, and as the movie went on I was very pleased with her performance. Colin Ferguson made quite an evil Jimmy, but he did show a tender side when his big secret was revealed. The faith of the Quakers was shown effectively, and we could get an idea of what their services were like. Even though an hour of silence is said to be a big part of their worship, we couldn't have been patient enough to see that. And we saw the ethical struggles, the lack of simple solutions, that faith would require.

I thought the movie was more violent than it had to be. Still, the values the movie taught balanced the bad parts. It was a pretty good effort.


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