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Pamela's Prayer (1998)

Unrated | | Drama | 1998 (USA)
A girl's life from her birth in 1969 to her wedding day in 1991.




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Cast overview:
Serena Orrego ...
Pamela Bucklin
Rick Scheideman ...
Wayne Bucklin
Ted Kuenz ...
Sarah Padbury ...
Justin Crafts ...
Shawn Hardin ...
Sarah Bucklin
Gerry Marx ...
Wayne's Father
Mary Lou Ward ...
Wayne's Mother
Clif Willis ...
Lacey Hanner ...
Young Pamela
Sophie Christiano ...
Baby Pamela


This period piece motion picture portrays the unique and heartfelt story of Pamela Bucklin from her birth in 1969 to her wedding day in 1991. When her mother dies at birth, Pamela is raised by her father, Wayne. He makes a commitment to pray with his daughter each and every night. He also raises her with a very high standard of purity before marriage. In an age when purity is scoffed at by the world, and even in some Christian circles, this movie presents the message with inspiration and perspective. Also, the prayerful commitment of Wayne Bucklin is an example for all who are in a parental role. Written by ChristianFilms.com

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Yes, it seemed unfair... until the day she married.





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Come on Christians, Can't We Do Better Than This?
16 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I appreciate the message of this film. It's counter cultural, it's radical and most "worldlings" will say, "It can't be done!" Read the Gospels, the same things were being thought and said when Jesus was teaching the people.

The message is not wrong, it's just very difficult to hear in this day and age when everywhere you go the message is that you are to try a bunch of people out until you meet "the one." That is, until they annoy you or get in your way, and then you divorce them and find another "the one." Serial dating trains for serial monogamy, multiple marriages and divorces.

The movie also didn't do a very good job in showing how a young girl could be raised and interact with others her age to eventually meet the man she would marry. It should have shown her at church and at friend's houses (with parent's present) and other things for young people and families: picnics, bowling, hiking, amusement parks ... all the stuff that kids can and should do ... just not pairing off alone like people do today.

Then it could have shown how over a reasonable amount of time, the girl and boy got to know each other, went to church together, talked about their faith and then it would be more natural to lead to the point of him asking her father for her hand in marriage.

However, the acting is awful. The writing is painfully bad at times. But, I think the costumes and hair were extremely accurate as the story takes place in the mid/late 1980's and early 1990's. Believe me, I was there, and I am stunned that this film was made in 1998! The filmmakers must have raided a thrift store filled to the rafters with stuff from the 80's.

I realize these actors are all amateurs. However, we have more and more films being made by decidedly Christian writers and directors and actors. Can't we have more education in the area of acting and writing and directing? Isn't there a school that doesn't compromise moral values while at the same time teaching what needs to be learned here to the modern day audience? We've all spent thousands of hours watching movies and have become quite expert in discerning quality versus junk.

We need better than this! It's right to realize that films can be a great evangelizing tool.

God Bless

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