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Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 April 2005 (USA)
Lonnie Frisbee was a young hippie seeker fully immersed in the 1960s counter culture when he claimed to have experienced an encounter with God while on an acid trip. This event so ... See full summary »


David Di Sabatino


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Credited cast:
Phil Aguilar Phil Aguilar
Darrell Ballman Darrell Ballman
Connie Bremer Connie Bremer
Rich Buhler
Jon Carreon Jon Carreon
Tommy Coomes Tommy Coomes
Ken Fish Ken Fish
Lonnie Frisbee Lonnie Frisbee ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Fulton Bob Fulton
Chuck Girard Chuck Girard
Marjoe Gortner ... Himself (archive footage)
Kenn Gulliksen Kenn Gulliksen ... Himself
Phil Mahlow Phil Mahlow
Sandi Mahlow Sandi Mahlow
Bryan Marleaux Bryan Marleaux


Lonnie Frisbee was a young hippie seeker fully immersed in the 1960s counter culture when he claimed to have experienced an encounter with God while on an acid trip. This event so transformed him that Lonnie became an itinerant Christian evangelist, something of a John the Baptist of Southern California who compelled thousands of fellow spiritual seekers to make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. During the 1970s Lonnie Frisbee became widely known as California's "hippie preacher," the quintessential "Jesus freak" whose pictures frequented such magazines as Time and Life as the media told the story of a burgeoning "Jesus movement." Lonnie Frisbee provided the charismatic spark that launched the Calvary Chapel church into a worldwide ministry and propelled many fledgling leaders into some of the most powerful movers and shakers of the evangelical movement. During the 1980s Lonnie was at the center of the "signs and wonders" movement, one that focused on reviving the practice of ... Written by Anonymous

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What do you do when the Jesus freak who started your church dies from AIDS? Simple. Erase him from history.




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This documentary is a must see!
19 July 2005 | by dflanakinSee all my reviews

It is amazing that I had not heard of Lonnie Frisbee - given that I worked for a national prayer ministry during the 1970's and 1980's and had close contacts with many significant church leaders during those times. And yet as I watched his story unfold, I was struck that hindsight makes us judgmental, but how would we have responded to the "news" at the time? And yet, even today, the church is disturbed by this movie, which begs several questions that many absolutely, positively do not want to address. Church leaders have stolen money, had scandalous affairs, and surely have failed to live up to God's moral standards (gossip, favoritism, etc.) in myriad ways, and yet there is but one "sin" that, for many, is too big to be covered by God's boundless love. Jesus even hung out with lepers - but some still see one human condition as a thousand times more horrible than leprosy. I must confess I was once in that category - and so I welcome this fine film as an eye-opener for those who have failed to look with Jesus' eyes at others created in His image.

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