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The Work and the Glory (2004)

 -  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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Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

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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It was well-done!
29 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not a mormon, but have heard of this movie and wanted to see it. I thought it was beautifully done, full of texture and depth visually.

Not being a mormon, I was afraid it would not be interesting. But it was. I liked the story line, and the plots that were developed within the story. I thought the character of Joe Smith was played well, innocence within his mission.

But I thought the character of Nathan Steed was brilliant. He had intensity and made me really care about his love for Lydia and the conflicts in his family. Wow. I researched the guy, and he is a newcomer to the screen. I can't wait to see him in more films.

I also liked Joshua. He had a look about him that enhanced the conflicts in the story. I felt that the subtlety of their acting (his and Nathan's) made the story more real, and helped to enhance the uniqueness of the character of Joe Smith.


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