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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 »

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Russell Holt (as Russ Holt)

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

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Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and violence
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Details

Official Sites:

Excel Entertainment Group

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$251,145, 28 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,347,647
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Company Credits

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Manchester Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Joshua Steed says he is regressing back to an ape but Charles Darwin didn't publish his theory of evolution till 1859. Almost 30 years after the time period in the film. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Smith: Now, about those gold plates...
Nathan Steed: You said there weren't any gold plates.
Joseph Smith: No, I said I don't have them. And I don't.
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Connections

Followed by The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided (2006) See more »

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The Work and The Glory is very enjoyable! Bring on the sequel.
23 January 2005 | by foxislanddeeSee all my reviews

I have read 6 of the 8 books in The Work and the Glory series and have been awaiting this movie. I thought the photography was excellent and the music was moving. The acting was good although Joshua Steed rolled his eyes and huffed just a bit too much in the beginning. But his blue eyes make you forget the bit of over acting.The costumes were great.I enjoyed this movie very much I hope that it is successful enough to make a sequel.The movie stayed very close to the plot of the book so as not to disappoint those of us who couldn't put the books down.I don't know where they filmed it but the landscapes were gorgeous. I liked the shot of Lydia Mcbride's walking up the hill it was beautiful.I have had fun looking up the actors to see what they have been in. Mary Ann Steed or Brenda Strong was a surprise to know that she was Sue Ann Mishkie on Seinfeld. What a versatile actress she is.She did a great job as the mother of the Steed family.


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