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Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration (2005)

Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration focuses on some of the events during the life of Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, which was both filmed and distributed ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nathan Mitchell Nathan Mitchell ... Joseph Smith
Tayva Patch Tayva Patch ... Lucy Mack Smith
Rick Macy ... Joseph Smith Sr.
David Nibley ... Alvin Smith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Talon G. Ackerman Talon G. Ackerman ... Tom - Wooden Horse Boy
Joseph Batzel Joseph Batzel ... Edward
Dallyn Vail Bayles Dallyn Vail Bayles ... Hyrum Smith
Matthew Bellows ... Kirtland Mob Leader / Irish Bully (as Matthew Flynn Bellows)
Roger Blomquist Roger Blomquist ... Kidnapper #3 Wagon Driver
Scott Christopher ... Alexander Doniphan
Catherine Elizabeth Cook Catherine Elizabeth Cook ... Mary Rowberry
Ammon Cunningham Ammon Cunningham ... Dock Worker
Cam Deaver Cam Deaver ... Jesse Crosley (as Cameron Deaver)
Krisha Deaver Krisha Deaver ... Hannah Crosley
Katerina Guinevere du Lac Katerina Guinevere du Lac ... General Authority
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Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration focuses on some of the events during the life of Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, which was both filmed and distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Written by luke thompson

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The story of an American colonizer, and religious leader.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

My Servent, Joseph See more »

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LDS Motion Picture Studio See more »
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Color
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This film is based on a true story. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Smith: What do we here in the gospel that we have received? Truth out of the Earth, mercy from Heaven, a voice of gladness for the living and the dead. Shall we not go on in such great a cause?
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Praise to the Man
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Not Historical
23 May 2006 | by h-zimmySee all my reviews

I feel the movie did not portray Smith historically. The goal of this movie was to tell Smith's life in a way that would be "comfortable" to the LDS Church leaders, historical accuracy seems to have been of little concern. The movie was designed to be a "faith promoting" experience, not a balanced view of Smith "as a man." I have taken it upon myself to study Smith's life and have read both LDS works and none LDS works. The movie, like most LDS projects, was beautifully filmed and well acted. However, this was not a realistic portrayal of either the beginnings of Mormonism or Smith's relatively short life.

A significant period of time was given to reenacting an accident that Smith had when he was seven. While this event was no doubt important in forming his mental outlook, it appears that the main reason for including it in the film is to help establish a sympathetic view of Joseph Smith. Another point is in portraying Smith's teen years the film is silent regarding the Smith family's involvement in magical practices during the 1820's. Another problem is while the movie shows Joseph Smith good-naturedly entering into wrestling contests, it fails to show how he sometimes lost his temper and became violent.

I could go on and on. This movie was not historical in any way and should be considered a fictional movie about a man. I would not recommend seeing this movie for any other purpose other then entertainment.


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