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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

Genres:

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

Hyrum Smith: You really need to stop beating everybody in stick pull.
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Connections

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

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It was well-done!
29 November 2004 | by muruannSee all my reviews

I am not a mormon, but have heard of this movie and wanted to see it. I thought it was beautifully done, full of texture and depth visually.

Not being a mormon, I was afraid it would not be interesting. But it was. I liked the story line, and the plots that were developed within the story. I thought the character of Joe Smith was played well, innocence within his mission.

But I thought the character of Nathan Steed was brilliant. He had intensity and made me really care about his love for Lydia and the conflicts in his family. Wow. I researched the guy, and he is a newcomer to the screen. I can't wait to see him in more films.

I also liked Joshua. He had a look about him that enhanced the conflicts in the story. I felt that the subtlety of their acting (his and Nathan's) made the story more real, and helped to enhance the uniqueness of the character of Joe Smith.


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