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John Wesley (1954)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 20 April 1954 (USA)
When young John Wesley is saved from the flames burning his family's home, he believes God has chosen him for a higher mission. He grows up to become a minister in the Church of England but... See full summary »

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Leonard Sachs ... John Wesley
Gerard Lohan ... Wesley as a Child
Neil Heayes ... Wesley as a Student
... Rev. Samuel Weslwy
Curigwen Lewis ... Susannah Wesley
John Witty ... Peter Bohler
Derek Aylward ... Charles Wesley
Patrick Barton ... George Whitefield
John Slater ... Condemned Man
Philip Leaver ... Beau Nash
Joss Ambler ... Trustee of Georgia
Andrew Cruickshank ... Trustee of Georgia
Horace Sequeira ... Trustee of Georgia (as Horace Sequiera)
Sidney Monckton ... Trustee of Georgia (as Sydney Moncton)
Erik Chitty ... Trustee of Georgia
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When young John Wesley is saved from the flames burning his family's home, he believes God has chosen him for a higher mission. He grows up to become a minister in the Church of England but disapproves of concern within the church over the social position of the clergy. He concerns himself more with the common people and with individual religious experiences. He tries to accomplish his purposes by remaining within the church but the methodical way in which he and his followers go about their duties soon sets them apart as a special group jeeringly called Methodists. (Produced by the Radio and Film Commission of the Methodist Church in cooperation with J. Arthur Rank.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Only if you're a die-hard Methodist
16 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Surely John Wesley's life and career were more interesting than this! Leaden dialog, stolid acting, cheap sets, unimaginative direction - if you're not already a Methodist (and I grew up in that faith), I can't imagine this film inspiring anyone even to consider becoming one. There is also an almost complete lack of humor. One scene, involving a priest and two wealthy parishioners complaining about Wesley's zealous preaching, shows signs of trying to be mildly amusing, but it doesn't work. Wesley himself may not have been a laugh riot, but anything would have been welcome to relieve the endless sanctimony. An intelligent, balanced, human film about Wesley is still needed.


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