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The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided (2006)

Joshua Steed returns to Missouri a wealthy man with a beautiful wife; however, the past has a way of catching up. Soon Joshua is tangled in a web of rumors, deception and betrayal that ... See full summary »

Writers:

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

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Sam Hennings ... Benjamin Steed
Brenda Strong ... Mary Ann Steed
Eric Johnson ... Joshua Steed
Alexander Carroll ... Nathan Steed
Brighton Hertford Brighton Hertford ... Melissa Steed
Julia Cunningham ... Rebecca Steed
Cody Sanders ... Matthew Steed
Sarah Bastian ... Lydia Steed (as Sera Bastian)
Emily Podleski ... Jessica Steed
Jonathan Scarfe ... Joseph Smith
Melanie Hawkins ... Emma Smith
Frank Ashmore ... Martin Harris
Curtis Andersen ... Carl Rogers (as Curtis Anderson)
Jeff Ham Jeff Ham ... Obadiah
Giulia Pagano Giulia Pagano ... Mother Smith
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Joshua Steed returns to Missouri a wealthy man with a beautiful wife; however, the past has a way of catching up. Soon Joshua is tangled in a web of rumors, deception and betrayal that threatens to tear his family apart. Back in Kirtland, financial trouble riddles the foundations of the fledgling Church causing a division, and questioning of the Prophet Joseph Smith's divine calling. Has he lost his prophetic gift? Hundreds of Saints immigrate to Missouri, where Governor Boggs raises an army - with Joshua at its head - to address the "Mormon Problem." When the militia receives orders to attack the Mormon settlement, only Joshua can save his family from the gathering mob. Written by Excel Entertainment Group

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Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some violence
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Trivia

Based on the third book in the nine-volume series, "Truth Will Prevail", focusing on the years 1836 to 1838. See more »

Goofs

Non-Mormons in western Missouri are shown as wearing eastern clothing and living in frame homes. Missouri settlers in the 1830s, men and women alike, wore buckskins and lived in cabins. In fact, one of the things they disliked about Mormons was their clothing and houses, which to the "gentiles" represented an incursion of what they had gone west to get away from. See more »

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Follows The Work and the Glory II: American Zion (2005) See more »

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Well made and compelling . . . until the DREADFUL ending.
5 December 2006 | by ungy357See all my reviews

Imagine if the "Lord of the Rings" series ended with the fellowship reaching the mines of Moria, Loegolas and Gimli decided to be friends . . . and that's it. That's essentially what we get in disastrously disappointing denouement to "The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided." The less interesting subplot of the fictional Steed family is wrapped up satisfactorily (in fact, for the first time in the trilogy I really cared about these characters. The Joshua/Nathan story, merely a tepid, uninspired LDS "Legends of the Fall" in part I, is now deeply moving). But the strength of "W & G" (best displayed in the second film, easily the best of the series, aside from it's slapdash ending) is it's portrayal of early LDS Church history. in particular, Jonathan Scarfe's portrayal of Joseph Smith is a performance for the ages. When these films center on Smith and Andrew Bown's Brigham Young, they're to notch. Sadly, despite some compelling scenes for Scarfe and Bowen early on, the film then tries to end too abruptly, leaving the best parts of the story untold. It's as if producer/used car salesman/anti-Christ Larry H. Miller suddenly ran out of money and decided to wrap things up in a half-heartedly fashion. He bolts from the ending so quickly you'd think he's discovered the film contained gay cowboys.

"A House Divided" demonstrates how this series flirted with great film-making, and sadly, fell just short. I still remain a tremendous fondness for these films and their moving portrayal of events which i hold sacred 9and yet are presented in a way as to be compelling to people of all religious creeds), and am glad they were made. Jonathan Scarfe is the screen's definitive Joseph Smith. It's just a shame that lack of money and other concerns led to the most anti-climactic ending since "X-Men: The Last Stand." See it, it's well worth it. But it ends at least another hour to tell the best parts of the story.

Two and a half stars out of four (could have made three and a half, as did "American Zion", without the dumbfounding fizzle-out at the end).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La obra y la gloria III - Tierra de conquista See more »

Filming Locations:

Johnson City, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$200,347, 26 November 2006

Gross USA:

$1,325,092

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,325,092
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