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Heart of the Beholder (2005)

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Videocassette tape rental store owners fight against a religious fanatic group for the right to keep their controversial film on the shelves for sale.



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Credited cast:
Miss Olivia
Roseanne Benjamin ...
Barbara Allyne Bennet ...
Miss Bennet
Diane Howard
Samantha Coker ...
Stenographer (as Stellarina Croxon)
Partrick (as Dabir Snell)
Lt. Larson
Detective Deborah Burbach
Bob Harris


Based on the true story of a family who opened the first videocassette rental stores in St. Louis in 1980. The family was ruined by a corrupt prosecutor who had been blackmailed by a religious group because the family refused to remove Martin Scorsese's controversial film, "The Last Temptation of Christ", from their stores. Written by Darlene Lieblich

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The movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see!



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Rated R for language and sexual content




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Disappointing - should have been rated for its porn content
19 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

I was very interested to learn about this supposed based-on-real-life story of censorship campaign by religious folks, but was completely unprepared for the porn content. It was such a disappointment! It may very well have been intended to highlight an important cultural issue, but I could not stomach the rest of the film - nor can I recommend it at all.

Surely any corruption that may have led to the banning of Martin Scorcese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" in the community in question could have been portrayed better and without putting younger viewers at risk. As a teacher, I would have liked to had the film as a resource to spark discussion of the issues in class, but this film - sadly - would be completely inappropriate and unusable in that context. Such a wasted opportunity!

The mood of the film was also very heavily negative and one-sided, reminiscent of a political campaign rather than an educational or informative film. A better film would have compassionately portrayed both sides of the issue well enough to have sparked true debate. A documentary or docudrama, this is not.

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