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John Wycliffe: The Morning Star (1984)

| Biography, Drama, History
The story of 14th century John Wycliffe, AKA "The Morning Star of the Reformation", who was the first to translate the Bible into English.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Bertenshaw ...
John Purvey
James Downie ...
Peter Howell ...
Barrie Cookson ...
Dr. Nicholas Hereford
Jeremy Roberts ...
Peter J. Cassell ...
Batka (as Peter Cassell)
Wycliffe's Niece
Noel Howlett ...
Archbishop Sudbury
Robert James ...
Bishop Courtenay
Martin Matthews ...
Sebastian Abineri ...
Peasant Husband
Anna Lindup ...
Peasant Wife
Colin Russell ...
Squire Newberry


John Wycliffe, the scholar and lay preacher of the 14th century who was later dubbed "The Morning Star of the Reformation", risked his life and freedom to criticize the Church for its abuses of power and its false teachings. The dramatized story of his life includes his battles with Church authorities, his relationship with the peasants and his realization that the Bible must be translated into English, so that the common man, as well as the learned, could read it. Written by J. Spurlin

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John Wycliffe: The Morning Star
11 April 2005 | by (Reading, PA - United States) – See all my reviews

John Wycliffe was born in Yorkshire around 1330, and was educated at Oxford University, becoming a doctor of divinity in 1372. This movie tells his story from the time of his teaching days at Oxford though the desecration of his body after his death. This was a period when great spiritual darkness prevailed and the power of the Papacy was very immense. There was no true preaching of the Word of God and most people never saw a Bible. The movie is rather slow but gives a good overview of John Wycliffe's life and the challenges he faced in the name of the Lord. The period costumes are realistic and the movie was filmed in many of the actual locations. The running time is 75 minuets but this still seemed a bit too long thanks in part to the long cuts lasting 20 to 30 seconds that show little action such as Wycliffe walking through England on his journeys.

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