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The Printing (1990)

| Drama | 1990 (USA)
A story of religious persecution against Christians in the Soviet Union during the 1980s and the illegal printing of Bibles.

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Tim Rogers

Writers:

Charles Gibson (screenplay), Tim Rogers (screenplay) (as Timothy M. Rogers)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Burke David Burke ... Dmitri
Richard Rupp Richard Rupp ... Aleksandr
Edward Panosian Edward Panosian ... Yakov
Lonnie Polson Lonnie Polson ... Gushchin
Bob Jones Jr. Bob Jones Jr. ... General Smirov (as Bob Jones)
Janiece Robinson Janiece Robinson ... Galina
Danny Brooks Danny Brooks ... Stepan
Ron Pyle Ron Pyle ... Yuri
Betty Panosian Betty Panosian ... Lydia
Dewitt Jones Dewitt Jones ... Psychiatrist
Claudia Loftis Claudia Loftis ... Doctor
Bob Shelton Bob Shelton ... Evangelist
Dwight Gustafson Dwight Gustafson ... Pastor
David Appleman David Appleman ... Sergei
Linda Byers Linda Byers ... Luba
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A story of religious persecution against Christians in the Soviet Union during the 1980s and the illegal printing of Bibles.

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While clearing the ice for the ice skating scene, the front loader clearing the ice fell through a soft spot. The front loader was successfully rescued, had its motor replaced, and was used for several years. See more »

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Referenced in Billy Graham: Forerunner for the Antichrist (2010) See more »

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Did they use the Hackensack River?
15 January 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Bob Jones University decided to make this film to 'expose' the persecution of Christians they made absolutely no attempt with either cast or location to make this even remotely look Russian. The Dneiper River might as well have been the Hackensack River in New Jersey during the winter. Other than a Russian fur hat or two, all the people might have been anything or anywhere it was so generic.

Here in Buffalo where I live we have many buildings, church buildings that at least would have given an Eastern European look to the film. Too bad no one took that into consideration. In fact no mention at all is made of the Russian Orthodox church with whom the Soviet government had the kind of relationship it did with the evangelicals shown here.

The Printing Press was made in 1990 in those heady years of glass nost with the Soviet Union. We 'won' the Cold War and good people were running Russia. So Bob Jones decided to show what rotten people those Communists were persecuting Christians.

I don't minimize that by any means. The Soviet Union didn't like religions of any kind and did persecute people. This is not the story by any means.

This cast none of whom you'll know perform at a junior high school play level of acting. Like the scenery their acting suggests nothing about Russia. It doesn't suggest a modicum of talent either.

Fast forward to 2017. One of the big props of support for Vladimir Putin's regime is the newly invigorated Russian Orthodox Church who for instance march in lockstep with Protestant evangelicals concerning gays for instance. The persecuted become the persecutors.

Now that's history.


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