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Sheffey (1977)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance
The life and works of 19th-century circuit rider Robert S. Sheffey.



(screenplay) (as Timothy Michael Rogers)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwight Anderson ...
Young Robert Sheffey
Harold Kilpatrick ...
Robert Sheffey the man
Beneth Jones ...
Eliza Sheffey
Elizabeth Edwards ...
Bertha Kincannon
Laura Pratt ...
Aunt Elizabeth
Robert Pratt ...
Tyler Frazier
Richard Rupp ...
James Stafford
Jack Buttram ...
Shedd McComb
Joy Jordan ...
Mrs. Beamer
Dayton Walker ...
Mr. Beamer
Emery Bopp ...
Revival Preacher
Harry Epperson ...
Country Preacher
Lonnie Polson ...
Ed Bailey
Ron Pyle ...
Rev. Mr. Pryde
Edith Boyd ...
Mrs. Stafford


A dramatization of the life and works of 19th-century Christian evangelist, preacher, and circuit rider Robert Sayers Sheffey (1820-1902) who ministered to the mountain folk of the central Appalachian region. Written by yortsnave

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A true story of courage... laughter... tears.


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Also Known As:

Saint of the Wilderness  »

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"Sheffey" is very loosely based on a biography written by Jess Carr in the 1970s called, "The Saint of the Wilderness: A Biographical Novel Depicting the Life and Works of Robert Sayers Sheffey." See more »


Referenced in Floyd's Angel (2011) See more »

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Highly Recommended Movie
28 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

For a family-safe film showing the gospel and Christian values espoused by our forefathers, this movie is great. It was produced in 1977 by Unusual Films at Bob Jones University, at that time one of the top three films schools in the nation. Although by current standards some effects are a bit cheesy, the story stands strong.

The story is to show how one man, looking for something he is missing, finds God and then finds that not all "Christians" act like one. Like many older sawdust trail preachers, he did what he was led to do and in turn touched lives all across the United States. This is his story, and the issues he had over the years as he watched those with learning try to tear down the Bible.

The new DVD version has an interesting making-of documentary that shows how the movie came about, its filming, the special effects, and shows how God blessed this movie all through its filming. For example, at the revival at the campground, some of those coming forward were not acting.

All in all, highly recommended. It is a good period piece filmed in beautiful scenery with humor and pathos, and strongly presents the gospel - but not watered down.

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