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The Work and the Glory (2004)

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Recently moved to upstate New York from the comfort of their Vermont homestead, the Benjamin Steed family makes their way into the established social structure of Palmyra. In their attempt ... See full summary »


Russell Holt (as Russ Holt)


Russell Holt (as Russ Holt), Gerald N. Lund (novel)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Hennings ... Benjamin Steed
Brenda Strong ... Mary Ann Steed
Eric Johnson ... Joshua Steed
Alexander Carroll ... Nathan Steed
Tiffany Dupont ... Lydia McBride
Brighton Hertford Brighton Hertford ... Melissa Steed / Narrator
Kimberly Varadi ... Becca Steed
Colin Ford ... Matthew Steed
Kathryn Firago Kathryn Firago ... Hannah McBride
Jim Grimshaw ... Josiah McBride
Jonathan Scarfe ... Joseph Smith
Sarah Darling ... Emma Smith
Edward Albert ... Martin Harris
Ryan Wood Ryan Wood ... Hyrum Smith
Jordan Rose Tarter Jordan Rose Tarter ... Sophronia Smith


Recently moved to upstate New York from the comfort of their Vermont homestead, the Benjamin Steed family makes their way into the established social structure of Palmyra. In their attempt to settle peacefully into the new community, they discover that the help they have hired to clear their land is at the center of a religious controversy - a controversy that threatens to tear the family apart. As two of the Steed brothers contend for the favor of a wealthy merchant's daughter, they find themselves on opposite sides of the religious question. Although the family struggles to smooth the contention, they soon face deeper issues of family loyalty and the pursuit of truth. Written by SD

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One Man....A Remarkable Vision; One Family....A Desperate Struggle


Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and violence

Did You Know?


The script required composer Sam Cardon to write an original period violin piece that the character of Lydia McBride would play. He anticipated that Tiffany Dupont, who plays Lydia would just act like she was playing for the camera and then they would mix the sound in for the final cut. But by mere chance, Tiffany Dupont majored in violin at the University of Georgia and she ended up playing the piece live for the camera. See more »


Nathan states to Joshua that Sunday, October 3, is their Ma's birthday, but if the movie took place in the year 1827, October 3 is a Wednesday. Otherwise, it means the movie took place in 1824, or possibly the futures of 1830 or 1841. See more »


Hyrum Smith: You really need to stop beating everybody in stick pull.
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Followed by The Work and the Glory II: American Zion (2005) See more »

User Reviews

Well done for the first volume
25 November 2004 | by ken-imdbSee all my reviews

An enjoyable movie. The story is well told with very few exceptions, and the characters are moving and likable. Good sets, very good period work, and very good acting from all involved. Also nice creativity in directing the film. It generally felt like a quality cinematic work, and it did a good job of eliciting emotions and spirit.

I actually would've preferred another 20 minutes or so to help develop the characters a little further. The pace was good and the story engaging; there were just so much to tell, that at times one would've liked to see or know more.

I particularly liked the Joseph Smith portrayal - well and tastefully done.

I hope this one does well enough to warrant an even better budget for the next installment.

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Official Sites:

Excel Entertainment Group





Release Date:

21 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pillar of Light: The Work and the Glory See more »

Filming Locations:

Johnson City, Tennessee, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$251,145, 28 November 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Production Co:

Manchester Pictures See more »
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