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The Best Two Years (2004)

Two pairs of Mormon missionaries from America live in a beaten-up apartment in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Their personalities are distinctly different. Appropriately, the most responsible ... See full summary »

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Scott S. Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview:
K.C. Clyde ... Elder John Rogers (as KC Clyde)
Kirby Heyborne ... Elder Hezekiah Calhoun
Cameron Hopkin ... Elder Steven Van Pelt
David Nibley ... Elder Emmit Johnson
Scott Christopher ... Kyle Harrison
Michael Flynn ... President Sandburg
Ineke den Hollander Ineke den Hollander ... Woman on Train
Jaime Anderson Jaime Anderson ... Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Andrea Anderson Andrea Anderson ... Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
Alice Lonsdale Alice Lonsdale ... Elder Van Pelt's Girlfriend
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Two pairs of Mormon missionaries from America live in a beaten-up apartment in the Dutch city of Haarlem. Their personalities are distinctly different. Appropriately, the most responsible one, Elder Johnson, is the District Leader and oversees their efforts. His companion, the vain Elder Van Pelt, seeks to become the assistant to the mission president (the top post available) as soon as possible, and he receives letters from three girlfriends he left behind. The capable Elder Rogers has become disillusioned and inattentive to his duties ever since a previous missionary companion returned to America, looked up and married Elder Rogers' girlfriend. As a result he is simply marking time until he returns home in a few weeks time. The three meet Elder Rogers' new companion, Elder Calhoun, in the train station. This new elder is a nerdy but enthusiastic "greenie" that has just arrived from the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Utah. Unfortunately his training did not give him much fluency... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Every moment counts.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лучшие два года See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,436, 22 February 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,163,450, 17 October 2004
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Color
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Goofs

Many of Elder Van Pelt's grammatical corrections are incorrect. See more »

Quotes

Elder Steven Van Pelt: Get lost?
Elder John Rogers: How'd you mean that? As in, did I? Or you'd like me to?
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Referenced in It's Latter-Day Night! Live Comedy (2003) See more »

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Take My Life
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GREAT DVD EXTRAS!
18 October 2004 | by blue-7See all my reviews

Now here's a "SPECIAL EDITION" DVD that really is "SPECIAL"! Not only is "THE BEST TWO YEARS" one of the finest movies made by LDS filmmakers to date, but the DVD has some nice "Extras" that make it a true "Special Edition".

The film is based on director Scott S. Anderson's personal experiences as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, while serving in Holland. Some years after his mission he wrote it into play form. A version of that play (as performed at the Promised Valley Playhouse in downtown Salt Lake City) is included as part of this DVD. You can watch it all my itself or in conjunction with the movie itself.

The DVD also includes a Filmmakers Commentary and an Actors Commentary track as well as a Making of Documentary, Outtakes & Deleted Scenes, Production Gallery and Trailers. Now that's quite a package.

The film itself is very well done, with nice location photography shot in Holland. The performances are first-rate and the directing and script sharp. Watching the film and then seeing the play version makes for an insightful look at how something personal makes it to film.

Note: If you have trouble locating a seller of this DVD, then you might want to try Deseret Book Company or Seagull Book & Tape. This one is worth tracking down. A special "Thank You" to HaleStorm Distribution for doing such a nice job on this DVD release.


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