6.8/10
244
4 user 3 critic

The Trials of Ted Haggard (2009)

Ted Haggard had it all: prosperity, a doting wife, five kids and a ministry that reached more than 30 million followers who hung on his every word. But in 2006, it all fell apart in a sea ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $5.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An HBO Documentary Film. Tony Vaccaro, a WWII infantryman, smuggled his $47.00 portable camera into battle to create one of the most comprehensive and intimate records of the war.

Director: Max Lewkowicz
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Documentary filmmaker Alexandria Pelosi tours red state America examining the practices, politics and beliefs of fundamentalist evangelical Christians. Interviewees include Jerry Falwell (... See full summary »

Director: Alexandra Pelosi
Stars: Joel Osteen, Ted Haggard, Robert Vaughn
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A first-person account of growing up in an evangelical Christian cult.

Director: Noah Thomson
Stars: David Berg, Ricky Rodriguez, Joey Thomson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A filmmaker explores the lives and deaths of her grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed as spies in 1953.

Director: Ivy Meeropol
Stars: Ivy Meeropol, Michael Meeropol, Robert Meeropol
Documentary | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

'Welcome to Leith' is a feature documentary chronicling the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. Filmed in the days leading up to ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker
Stars: Craig Cobb, Amber Schatz
The Fence (2010)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In October 2006, the United States government decided to build a 700 mile fence along its Mexican border. Three years and 3.1 billion dollars later, award-winning director Rory Kennedy ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy
Heroin: Cape Cod, USA (TV Movie 2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Documentary examining the impact heroin has had on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, following the stories of eight people who are all in their twenties as they battle with their addiction.

Director: Steven Okazaki
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A harrowing look back at some of the 8,000 plus men, women and children who were killed by gunfire in America in the spring of 2014.

Director: Shari Cookson
San Francisco 2.0 (TV Movie 2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The invasion of the technology elite causes economic division and upheaval in the city of San Francisco.

Director: Alexandra Pelosi
Stars: Alexandra Pelosi, William Wong
Class Divide (2016)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Documentary about class division and gentrification in the West Chelsea neighborhood of New York City and its effects on public housing.

Director: Marc Levin
Jesus Camp (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer
30 for 30 (2009–2017)
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Chuck D., Brent Musburger, Jalen Rose
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Gayle Haggard ...
Herself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Ted Haggard had it all: prosperity, a doting wife, five kids and a ministry that reached more than 30 million followers who hung on his every word. But in 2006, it all fell apart in a sea of scandal. Journalist/filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi returns to talk with 'Pastor Ted'--whom she met while filming 'Friends of God' for HBO--who was exiled from the church he built and the state where he lived after admitting to 'sexual immorality' and to buying methamphetamines. Following Haggard and his family as they move from house to house and motel to motel, Pelosi interviews the sullied ex-minister as he works as a traveling insurance salesman...and maps out a strategy for redeeming himself and supporting his family.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los padecimientos de Ted Haggard  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very well made - touching and telling
31 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, I'd like to thank Alexandra Pelosi for this movie. I found it to be a very telling account of Ted Haggard's story, all in less than 45 minutes. I trust that other busy viewers like myself would really appreciate that part :) The Trials of Ted Haggard is the touching story of a man who has fallen from grace and ousted, judged and kicked while he was down by the Church that he himself founded.

I think this story can be appreciated by both religious and non-religious viewers. There are lessons for both. Understandably, religious viewers might be disturbed and offended by the fact that this movies takes Ted Haggard's point of view and some of the resulting implications. But then, there's plenty here that may offend non-religious viewers.

At the end, what I found most fascinating is the dichotomy of Ted's personality. As I watched, I asked myself, how can a man with so much charisma and leadership be so naive and trusting to think that his sins would be accepted. Did he not realize that as a leader with a very large following he had to live by higher standards than the average church member? Of course Church members would be offended and feel betrayed. At the same time, I felt like reaching out to Ted... letting him know that I can see all the good in him... that as a secular person, I can appreciate his accepting and generous nature without judging him on moral or religious grounds. For me, the story just says – would this world be so much better if all of us were more like Ted Haggard; accepting, loving, a little too naïve...? Ted - In case you read this review... know that there are people out there who accept you as you are. Not necessarily because Jesus said so, but because we recognize that you have helped many people and being who you are is not designed to hurt anyone. Any true friend would continue to support you, especially at an hour of need.


7 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Question about the documentary chunkyass420
The trials of Ted Haggard ruffster05
Exactly WHO exiled him? shesamazingnyc
Discuss The Trials of Ted Haggard (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page