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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

Production Co:

Manchester Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The Erie Canal flows down Main Street of Palmyra, New York. Because the movie was shot in Tennessee, production designers actually built an artificial Erie Canal down the middle of the 19th century Main Street they had built. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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A NEW ERA FOR LDS CINEMA!
24 November 2004 | by blue-7See all my reviews

Several years ago, when the LDS Church presented the 70mm LEGACY at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City, I was drawn back to see it several times. That film, which ran around 60 minutes, had, so the grapevine said, been edited down to that length from a much longer first cut. After seeing it I had wished that a longer version could have been prepared and somehow shown. Well, THE WORK AND THE GLORY has all of the beauty and power of LEGACY, plus the added strength that it gains with a 110 minute length.

THE WORK AND THE GLORY is a beautiful film in everyway. The cinematography and score rank with the best that Hollywood has done. However, it is the script, direction and acting that make the difference in a film like this -- the heart and soul that goes beyond the surface look -- and the film shines in all departments.

Word-of-mouth from members of the LDS faith will carry this one further then any other independent LDS themed movie to date. I have not read the books that the film is based upon, but I would predict that those who have will be very pleased with what they see on the screen. And those who have not read them (like me) will drawn in by the power of the story and its masterful presentation.

I truly believe that a new era for LDS cinema has been ushered in with this film.


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