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The Work and the Glory (2004)

PG  |   |  Romance, Drama  |  21 January 2005 (USA)
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Recently moved to upstate New York from the comfort of their Vermont homestead, the Benjamin Steed family makes their way into the established social structure of Palmyra. In their attempt ... See full summary »

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Recently moved to upstate New York from the comfort of their Vermont homestead, the Benjamin Steed family makes their way into the established social structure of Palmyra. In their attempt to settle peacefully into the new community, they discover that the help they have hired to clear their land is at the center of a religious controversy - a controversy that threatens to tear the family apart. As two of the Steed brothers contend for the favor of a wealthy merchant's daughter, they find themselves on opposite sides of the religious question. Although the family struggles to smooth the contention, they soon face deeper issues of family loyalty and the pursuit of truth. Written by SD

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One Man....A Remarkable Vision; One Family....A Desperate Struggle

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Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and violence
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21 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pillar of Light: The Work and the Glory  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$251,145 (USA) (26 November 2004)

Gross:

$3,347,439 (USA) (13 May 2005)
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Trivia

The Erie Canal flows down Main Street of Palmyra, New York. Because the movie was shot in Tennessee, production designers actually built an artificial Erie Canal down the middle of the 19th century Main Street they had built. See more »

Goofs

Joshua Steed says he is regressing back to an ape but Charles Darwin didn't publish his theory of evolution till 1859. Almost 30 years after the time period in the film. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Smith: Now, about those gold plates...
Nathan Steed: You said there weren't any gold plates.
Joseph Smith: No, I said I don't have them. And I don't.
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Followed by The Work and the Glory II: American Zion (2005) See more »

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Excellent!
23 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was very well done and is obvious that a much larger budget was used than what is typically used on an LDS movie. The setting was beautiful and the acting was very good also. The actor that portrayed Joseph Smith left us with a greater sense of the kind of person he may have been and some of the persecution he endured (although I believe it was on a much larger scale than what was shone). The characters that played the part of the Steed family couldn't have been a better cast. I also enjoyed the occasional subtle humor that rounded out the movie. I will definitely add this one to my DVD collection when it is released. Go see it! Now, excuse me while I "go get some more eggs"!


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