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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 »

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Gerald N. Lund (novel), Matt Whitaker (screenplay)
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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
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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Details

Official Sites:

Vineyard Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fé e Glória - O Sonho Americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Johnson City, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$524,698, 23 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,025,032
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first LDS film to receive a major theatrical release on its opening weekend (not just limited to Salt Lake City and then expanding wider if it does well) See more »

Quotes

Ezra Booth: Do I have the privilege of standing before a prophet of God?
Joseph Smith: You might. You want to wrestle?
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Connections

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

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Story of one family's trials and blessings in early LDS history
16 November 2005 | by rhapsodyblue00See all my reviews

The movie was a bit violent, but then, those were violent times. Joseph and others were tared and today, that would be a crime which would place them into police custody. The movie was well done. I think the characters were very well (fleshed out). It was a pleasure to see the human side of the Prophet Joseph. I am sure he got tired and I know he grieved for his lost children. The cast have captured the flavor of the books, and I look forward to seeing the next installment. I think the clothing was well done, those shirts looked SO uncomfortable! I don't know if they were in the 1830's, but they surely didn't have the wonderful fabrics we do today, and everything was made by hand, and they were not wealthy people (except Martin Harris) so their clothing was a reflection of that. By the way, the narrator has a clear and easy to listen to voice. The only vague things were based on the relationships with Ben/Joshua and Joshua/Jessica. If some one hadn't read the books, or see the last movie, they might not really understand what makes Ben and Joshua so angry with each other. Maybe that should be a little more clear in the future. After all, if they are going to make (9) movies, people will need to understand each movie as though it were standing on it's own. It is a movie after all, not a mini-series for TV.


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