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 »

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Truman (TV Movie 1995)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Though considered unqualified, Harry S. Truman becomes the 33rd president following the April 1945 death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: Gary Sinise, Diana Scarwid, Richard Dysart
Passion (1999)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The complicated relationship between Percy Grainger, famous Australian-born early 20th century folk musician, and his abusive unstable mother that lead to his interest in S&M, instability and failed relationships with women.

Director: Peter Duncan
Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Barbara Hershey, Emily Woof
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Melody returns home to Fairlands for the funeral of her estranged daughter. But the town has almost disappeared under the encroaching desert. She finds out she has a 10 year old grandson. Melody decides to take the boy away, but he resists.

Director: Threes Anna
Stars: Barbara Hershey, Yusuf Davids, Tony Kgoroge
Childless (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Katherine is a typical teenager. Today's her funeral. The four adults in her life have a lot on their mind - and it's not all about Katherine either. With a frankness that's strikingly disarming as well as frequently self-serving, the grown-ups struggle with being... well... grown-up.

Director: Charlie Levi
Stars: Barbara Hershey, Joe Mantegna, Diane Venora
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A haunting account of a tormented man who continually re-admits himself into a medical facility, in a futile attempt to escape from his pending madness. Based on Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Tell-Tale Heart".

Director: John La Tier
Stars: Patrick John Flueger, Rose McGowan, Peter Bogdanovich
Dirty Pictures (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A Cincinnati museum director goes on trial in 1990 for exhibiting sadomasochistic photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: James Woods, Ann Marin, Craig T. Nelson
Twelve Mile Road (TV Movie 2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A divorced farmer takes in his troubled teenage daughter for the summer, a summer which changes the lives of the two of them, and their friends and family.

Director: Richard Friedenberg
Stars: Tom Selleck, Wendy Crewson, Maggie Grace
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Reverend Bobby Paradise
...
Elizabeth Paradise
...
Manny Marquez
...
Sammi
Vivienne Benesch ...
Alison Paradise
...
Luke Paradise (as Patrick Flueger)
...
Matthew Paradise (as James LeGros)
...
Grace Paradise
...
Isabella
...
Old cowboy
...
Clark Cavanaugh
...
Jeremiah Alcott
...
Senator Michael Linney
Haley Fife ...
Susanna
...
XL
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2004 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Corruption Within: Televangelism Scrutinized
17 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank Pierson continues to create films that are controversial and thought-provoking ('Soldier's Girl', 'Dirty Pictures', 'Truman', 'Conspiracy', 'Citizen Cohn', etc). In PARADISE he examines the workings of a 'showbiz evangelist' family and in doing so opens doors and windows to inspect not only the backstage shennaigans that are gaining more media coverage of late, but also the the very important family values and human frailties that make people support this brand of 'religion'.

With a blistering screenplay by Norman Steinberg and Richard Christian Matheson. PARADISE relates the story of one Bobby Paradise (David Strathairn), a past astronaut who apparently believes he spoke with God upon re-entry into earth's atmosphere while crashing into the Indian Ocean, and has been driven to tell his story and spread the gospel with his wife Elizabeth (Barbara Hershey), his lawyer daughter (Vivienne Benesch) who has a penchant for shady behavior and who is having an affair with a boxer (Kirk Acevedo), his business manager son Matthew (James LeGros) and wife, and his alcoholic mother Isabella (Elaine Strich).

Bobby is haunted by his own demons and feels he is at the breaking point, but his wife and family encourage him to continue is financially successful business (palatial mansion, jets, money to burn and to keep everyone out of trouble, etc). But the media begins to pry and slowly we watch the family power tend to disintegrate as we discover Bobby has a son newly released from a prison term (apparently for justifiable homicide), the boxer's wife and child are 'bought out' so that the daughter can marry, etc.

The film works well primarily because of the quality of performances by Strathairn, Hershey, Strich, and all of the cast. Just when the story appears to be going over the top, the understated characters of Bobby and Elizabeth keep it grounded in reality and the possibility that this sort of family CAN exist. Too many questions are left unanswered, as though this movie for Showtime was being considered as a series for TV, but for a dissection of TV Evangelism it is a tasty investigation.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?