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The Book of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey (2003)

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The story of Lehi and his wife Sariah and their four sons: Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. Lehi leaves Jerusalem because he prophesied unto the people concerning the destruction of Jerusalem... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Jacque Gray ...
Nephi's Wife
Bryce Chamberlain ...
Lehi
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Sariah (as Jan Broberg Felt)
Ron Frederickson ...
Ishmael
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Sam
Todd Davis ...
Zoram
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Laban
Richard J. Clifford ...
Lucan
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eden Benson ...
Nephi's Sister 2
Jim Bishoff ...
Angel #1
Paul Cheney ...
Lucan's Friend
Jeremy Cooper ...
Ishmael's Son 3
Melanie Deters ...
Zoram's Wife
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The story of Lehi and his wife Sariah and their four sons: Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. Lehi leaves Jerusalem because he prophesied unto the people concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, and they sought his life. He journeys into the wilderness with his family. He sends Nephi and his brethren back to Jerusalem after the brass plates and the family of Ishmael. The sons and daughters of Lehi marry the sons and daughters of Ishmael. They take their families and continue into the wilderness. Ishmael dies in the wilderness. They come to the sea. Nephi's brethren rebel against him. He confounds them, and builds a ship. They cross the sea to the promised land in the Americas. Lehi dies in the promised land. Nephi's brethren rebel against him again. Nephi departs again into the wilderness. Written by a fan of LDS Cinema

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2600 years ago, one family began a remarkable journey and set the course for a latter-day faith. This is their story.

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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12 January 2004 (Germany)  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$56,021 (USA) (3 October 2003)

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$1,098,224 (USA) (28 November 2003)
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Trivia

The first day of filming was ruined by rain. Rain was forecast for the next ten days, so they altered the schedule to begin filming the tent scenes inside a neighbor's barn. The second day of filming was clear and weather did not significantly hinder filming again. See more »

Goofs

Lehi's family use Bactrian (two-humped) camels, which are native to the Gobi desert and the steppes of Central Asia. The camels should have been dromedary (one-humped) camels, often called Arabian camels. See more »

Quotes

Zoram: Do I have a choice?
Nephi: Yes, my friend, there is always a choice. You can covenant with me and become a free man or die here and now.
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This movie isn't cinema
16 November 2003 | by (Salt Lake City, UT) – See all my reviews

The problem with the Book of Mormon Movie is that it isn't cinema. It's either a really expensive roadshow or a really bad made-for-TV movie. This film has no business being shown in theaters. It is, in fact, the kind of film that in the evangelical Christian market would have gone straight to video, available for purchase by catalog. The only reason this film is on the big screen is because the geographical concentration of Latter-day Saints makes that feasible. But just because it's feasible doesn't mean it should have been done.

As hoaky as I think Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" is, I have to give DeMille credit--he knew how to make a movie. He knew that you can't just put scenes from the Bible on screen. You have to play with the material, working biblical scenes into a unified narrative of your own creation, with a single dramatic trajectory carrying the audience through from start to finish. The makers of the Book of Mormon Movie didn't know to do that, or they were afraid to take the necessary liberties. They just put scenes from the Book of Mormon on screen. The result is a series of vignettes, not a unified narrative. There's no plot, no climax, no denouement. We just...well...plow through selected highlights of 1 Nephi and the opening chapters of 2 Nephi.

Why did Gary Rogers even bother making this film? I'm not a fan of turning the Book of Mormon into cinema in the first place. But if you're going to do it, do it right. Get ample funding. Get good writers. Do the research necessary to approximate the historical period. Take the liberties necessary to transform scripture into a cinematically interesting story. Don't just "put the Book of Mormon on the big screen."


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