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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 »

Director:

Gary Rogers

Writers:

Craig Clyde (screenplay), Gary Rogers
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Cast

Credited cast:
Noah Dalton Danby ... Nephi (as Noah Danby)
Jacque Gray ... Nephi's Wife
Bryce Chamberlain 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 ... Moroni
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Drake Allen Drake Allen ... Drowning child 1
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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.

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Adventure

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

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Trivia

Sheryl Lee Wilson was cast as Leah, Ishmael's Wife. She dreamed of being in a movie about the Book of Mormon when she was a teenager. A few weeks prior to filming, she injured her shoulder making it impossible for her to participate in the film, but it was miraculously healed, and she was able to work. See more »

Goofs

Lehi's family use Bactrian (two-humped) camels, which are native to the Gobi desert and the steppes of Central Asia. The camels should have been dromedary (one-humped) camels, often called Arabian camels. See more »

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Laman: Nephi and his brilliant plan.
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Forever We'll Be
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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Chloroform on celluloid
19 May 2004 | by dellingsonSee all my reviews

I endured the Book of Mormon film at the Englewood last night. To paraphrase Mark Twain's assessment of the book as "choloroform in print," I'd rate this work as chloroform on celluloid.

Despite an opening title disclaimer from the LDS church, there were plenty of telltale embellishments of a Mormon production -- pretty, clean, crisp costumes, straight white teeth, Eurocentric looking actors, God as booming bass male voice, etc. I wasn't familiar with any of the actors, but movie lead Nephi was portrayed by a buff looking Greg Brady guy, an amalgam of Barry Williams and Lou Ferrigno. Laman was delightfully sinister. Lemuel had the voice of Chris Elliott which distracted me. Lehi was disgraceful and looked to be an understudy from the Olive Branch players. I was secretly relieved when the old patriarch died, but his deathbed scene was of predictable unpleasant duration.

Considerable Jerusalem intrigue as prelude to the Nephites blowing town, much not depicted in the opening of First Nephi, but I suppose it helped set the scene. Over an hour into the film and we'd yet to depart the book of First Nephi so I was getting pretty apprehensive about the epic running length. But this film, the first in a projected series, only deals with the first two books in the Book of Mormon.

Suitable for the kinderlach. Violent apex is some blood spattering on Nephi. Sexual situations limited to some provocative dancing by the Nephite women. Some pretty fetching halter tops on the sea voyage over.

The darkness of the bad brothers at this film's conclusion portrayed more tastefully than what I'd feared might be coming. They hadn't morphed into African-Americans, but rather had just taken on a browner hue, replete with savage makeup and behavior wailing around the campfire. A refreshing Joseph Smith portrayal to bookend the film, not the beautiful blonde boy we're often treated to in LDS depictions, but a more homely and believable farm boy. Angel Moroni in sore need of recasting. I know who the South Park producers used as their template now when they depicted this angel as a white Native-American.

I attended at the recommendation of an aged church Seventy who beamed about Hollywood production values. I questioned this initially upon watching the film, but then reminded myself that Saturday morning live-action series of my youth like Shazam, Mighty Isis, and the Banana Splits feature Danger Island were likely conceived in Hollywood. So sure, Hollywood production values. Actually there was one unique shot of Laman escaping the clutches of Laban in a long, uninterrupted run down stairs. Flying too fast for a Steadicam. So speedy it had to be mounted on a vehicle of some sort, but quite smooth.

Likely the best Book of Mormon film out there, but the competition's not too stiff. I wish someone with Mel Gibson money, although not his zest for sadism, would turn their film-making efforts to Joseph Smith's literary masterpiece. It might enhance understanding between mainstream Christians and the latter-day Saint tradition churches that sprung up in the 19th century. This film struck me as too boring an initiation ritual into the Book of Mormon, so leave your Goyim buddies at home.

Dirk Ellingson Independence, MO


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2004 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$114,573, 14 September 2003

Gross USA:

$1,680,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,680,020
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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