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The Work and the Glory II: American Zion (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Western | 21 October 2005 (USA)
In November of 1833, the state of Missouri turned a blind eye as hundreds of its peaceful inhabitants were hunted down and driven from their homes in the dead of night. Against this ... See full summary »

Writers:

Gerald N. Lund (novel), Matt Whitaker (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Hennings ... Benjamin Steed
Brenda Strong ... Mary Ann Steed
Eric Johnson ... Joshua Steed
Alexander Carroll ... Nathan Steed
Brighton Hertford Brighton Hertford ... Melissa Steed
Kimberly Varadi ... Becca Steed
Colin Ford ... Matthew Steed
Sarah Bastian ... Lydia Steed (as Sera Bastian)
Emily Podleski ... Jessica Roundy
Jim Grimshaw ... Josiah McBride
Jonathan Scarfe ... Joseph Smith
Melanie Hawkins ... Emma Smith
Frank Ashmore ... Martin Harris
Curtis Andersen ... Carl Rogers
Jeff Ham Jeff Ham ... Obadiah Cornwell
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In November of 1833, the state of Missouri turned a blind eye as hundreds of its peaceful inhabitants were hunted down and driven from their homes in the dead of night. Against this impending strife, a young man with a divine vision leads a people against the aggression of an anti-hero with a vulnerable past. With more than two million copies sold, the second volume of Gerald N. Lund's epic series The Work and the Glory now brings a pivotal moment in American history to the big screen. "The Work and The Glory: American Zion" sets the story of the fictional Steed family against the historically factual backdrop of the Mormon people's move into the West. Divided by their diverse reactions to a nascent ideology, the Steeds struggle to hold together as the strength of their convictions and their filial bonds are tested. The stirring narrative of the faith that led a persecuted people to Missouri and beyond is one of the most poignant untold tales of American history. It is the account of ... Written by Anonymous

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Every Dream Has A Price

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Based on the second book in the series, "Like A Fire is Burning" See more »

Quotes

Nathan Steed: At our wedding, you told us something.
Joseph Smith: I believe I told you to kiss the girl.
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Follows The Work and the Glory (2004) See more »

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Good For What Ails Mainstream Movie makers--Character Appeal and Depth

First, let me clear up a couple of things. No, I am not going to be 97% objective in my review. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have never read the novels the movie is based on. So, you aren't going to be hearing me harping on how it didn't live up to the book, etc. Neither are you going to hearing how the LDS filmmakers are using the movie to proselyte their religion.

First, the positives: The main actors do an excellent and convincing job. The actor who plays Brigham Young (Andrew Bowen) could rival Orlando Bloom in skills and screen-image appeal. Jonathan Scarfe, who plays Joseph Smith, does an excellent job. The special effects are done well. The cinematography is superbly done. It has a rough feel that matches its era. The relationships between parents and children (especially the babies) is especially endearing. Oh, yes, Eric Johnson pulls off his character (Joshua Steed) very well, too.

Second, the negatives: Some of the supporting actors, that only have one or two lines aren't very convincing or experienced and it weakens some of the drama.

Well, gotta run.

The movie made me cry, probably cause I'm a dad.


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Official Sites:

Vineyard Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Work and the Glory II: American Zion See more »

Filming Locations:

Johnson City, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$518,222, 23 October 2005

Gross USA:

$2,025,032

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,025,032
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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