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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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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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Excellent presentation of a controversial subject/
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since this movie deals with the controversial issue of freedom of expression of even disagreeable subject matter, it is bound to elicit extreme views on all sides of the issue. HEART OF THE BEHOLDER successfully deals in a humanistic way with the controversy surrounding one business and it's belief in the free market system of making video tapes of commercial movies available for sale to those who were interested. This did not mean pornography, but rather several main stream movies that aroused objections because they dealt with subject matter that often challenged certain strongly held beliefs. While the movie definitely has a point of view, it fairly deals with all facets of the controversy and delivers an emotional impact in telling it's heartbreaking story.


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