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The Book of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey (2003)

The story of Lehi and his wife Sariah and their four sons: Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. Lehi leaves Jerusalem because he prophesied unto the people concerning the destruction of Jerusalem... See full summary »


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Craig Clyde (screenplay), Gary Rogers


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Credited cast:
Noah Danby ... Nephi
Jacque Gray ... Nephi's Wife
Bryce Chamberlain ... Lehi
Mark Gollaher Mark Gollaher ... Laman
Jan Broberg ... Sariah (as Jan Broberg Felt)
Cragun Foulger Cragun Foulger ... Lemuel
Ron Frederickson Ron Frederickson ... Ishmael
Roberta Shore ... Ishmael's Wife
Kirby Heyborne ... Sam
Todd Davis Todd Davis ... Zoram
Dustin Harding Dustin Harding ... Joseph Smith
Michael Flynn ... Laban
Richard J. Clifford Richard J. Clifford ... Lucan
Bruce Newbold Bruce Newbold ... Moroni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drake Allen Drake Allen ... Drowning child 1


The story of Lehi and his wife Sariah and their four sons: Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. Lehi leaves Jerusalem because he prophesied unto the people concerning the destruction of Jerusalem, and they sought his life. He journeys into the wilderness with his family. He sends Nephi and his brethren back to Jerusalem after the brass plates and the family of Ishmael. The sons and daughters of Lehi marry the sons and daughters of Ishmael. They take their families and continue into the wilderness. Ishmael dies in the wilderness. They come to the sea. Nephi's brethren rebel against him. He confounds them, and builds a ship. They cross the sea to the promised land in the Americas. Lehi dies in the promised land. Nephi's brethren rebel against him again. Nephi departs again into the wilderness. Written by a fan of LDS Cinema

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2600 years ago, one family began a remarkable journey and set the course for a latter-day faith. This is their story.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

12 January 2004 (Germany) See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,573, 14 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,672,730, 9 May 2004
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first cut of the film was 2 hours 40 minutes long. The final cut is 120 minutes long. See more »


Nephi (among others) is clean-shaven in 6th-century B.C. Jerusalem. Jewish males of the time were forbidden to trim their beards, much less remove them. See more »


Lehi: Do you promise to love and honor each other in accordance with the commandments of God?
Sam's Wife: He does.
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Alternate Versions

The boat does not appear in the theatrical version of the scene in which the family arrives in the promised land. It was digitally added to that scene for the DVD version. See more »


Referenced in The Singles 2nd Ward (2007) See more »


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Performed by Jessica Giauque
Music and Lyrics by Jessica Giauque, Joseph Marshall, Tom Hopkins
Vocals by Emily Giauque, Lexi Giauque, Zack Wilson, Jaremy Hill
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Ouch, was this bad!
15 September 2003 | by SpankyUTSee all my reviews

I saw the previews for this movie, and even though it looked really bad, I thought I'd go check it out anyway. I don't usually listen to critics when seeing a movie, instead choosing to decide for myself.

I'm not a mormon, although I have read the book of mormon several times prior to seeing the movie, so I understood the storyline. However, my worst fears were realized when I actually saw this film. The acting was flat, and unintentionally funny at times. I really had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing once or twice. It felt like the filmmaker was trying to go for a massive cinema experience, but it just didn't work. It didn't flow like I had hoped. Overall, it just felt like a B-movie, and I left the theater wishing I could've gone back in time so that I wouldn't have to see it.

I suppose that people interested in seeing this film will do so, one way or the other, but I'd suggest watching something else instead. Besides, it will inevitably be shown on TV in Salt Lake eventually, and at least you won't have to pay to see it then.

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