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Paradise (I) (2004)

TV Movie  |  R  |  Drama  |  2004 (USA)
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Televangelist Bobby Paradise "saw God" in some space debris when he was returning to Earth as an astronaut. Or at least he was convinced he did by his wife, a Cape Canaveral groupie at the ... See full summary »

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Reverend Bobby Paradise
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Elizabeth Paradise
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Manny Marquez
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Sammi
Vivienne Benesch ...
Alison Paradise
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Luke Paradise (as Patrick Flueger)
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Matthew Paradise (as James LeGros)
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Grace Paradise
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Isabella
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Old cowboy
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Clark Cavanaugh
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Jeremiah Alcott
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Senator Michael Linney
Haley Fife ...
Susanna
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Televangelist Bobby Paradise "saw God" in some space debris when he was returning to Earth as an astronaut. Or at least he was convinced he did by his wife, a Cape Canaveral groupie at the time Bobby was with NASA. Now they have built up an extensive TV empire. When their proposal to merge with a somewhat tarnished mogul is investigated by the government, skeletons in the Paradise closet come to light and the family either rallies behind or disparages the enterprise. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use
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Breaks the mold of what a movie about Christians can be
3 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paradise is a break in the tradition of movies depicting Christian faith. This pilot may not have achieved series status with Showtime, but its forthright depiction of the enigmatic mix of transgression, authenticity and humility of religious leaders is fresh and honest. The characters show real conflict between human desire and higher calling. The psychologically sophisticated conversations between Elizabeth Paradise and the other family members are intellectually stimulating, and the interactions between Senator Linney, billionaire Jeremiah Alcott and the Paradise Ministries officers are probably not far from the reality of the politics of international ministry organization. Although the heart of Reverend Paradise is shown to be simple and pure, there is an authenticity in the total behavior of the character that makes him believable. The strange twist around a middleweight price fight and the unexpected, uninvited supernatural abilities of renegade son Luke shows a candid window into the unpredictable nature of God. But it is the structural frame of the campfire and the strange visitor that likes double stuffed Oreo cookies that leaves the viewer with a final sense of wonder and a desire to watch it again from the beginning.


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