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

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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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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Richard J. Clifford ...
Lucan
Bruce Newbold ...
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Eden Benson ...
Nephi's Sister 2
Jim Bishoff ...
Angel #1
Paul Cheney ...
Lucan's Friend
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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Much of the look of the film is directly influenced by Arnold Friberg's series of Book of Mormon paintings, which appear in some editions. Friberg is also well known for his 15 "pre-visualization" paintings for the Cecil B. DeMille film The Ten Commandments (1956) which were used to promote the film worldwide and for which he received an Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

Nephi (among others) is clean-shaven in 6th-century B.C. Jerusalem. Jewish males of the time were forbidden to trim their beards, much less remove them. See more »

Quotes

[about Nephi]
Lemuel: Good thing he has us to look out for him.
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Connections

Referenced in The Singles 2nd Ward (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Forever We'll Be
Performed by Jessica Giauque
Music and Lyrics by Jessica Giauque, Joseph Marshall, Tom Hopkins
Vocals by Emily Giauque, Lexi Giauque, Zack Wilson, Jaremy Hill
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26 May 2004 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

This movie should have been better. It had the budget (small by Hollywood standards, but large in the current LDS market) and a great story, but as illustrated time and time again in cinema, money does not translate to quality.

It is no wonder that Mormons are viewed as culturally unsophisticated, when sacred text is treated in such an amateurish manner and then defended by many in the LDS community. The real truth is that this is bad cinema and not a reflection of LDS expectations on a cinema representation of the story.

The script is poor, the acting is average at best, the direction is poor and the sets and costumes "laughable". This is neither a significant work nor a good representation of the Book.

I attended the movie with the best intentions of liking the movie and I desperately wanted my beliefs handled in a professional manner, one that I could take friends to and say it represented my faith. Unfortunately, it brings no credibility to the truth of the Book. I won't be taking any friends to see this one.

Sorry, but my recommendation is that no one see this. Maybe then the idea of a sequel will be squelched. Bring on talented LDS Producer/Directors! The story still hasn't been told well. I want to see LDS artists succeed, but it must be done better than this to be taken seriously.


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