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In Emma's Footsteps (2018)

After the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, Jr., his wife Emma Hale Smith was left with much to shoulder: salvaging Joseph's estate, the safety of her family, her own grief, and growing isolation ... See full summary »

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Brittany Wiscombe

Writers:

John Engler (additional writing by), Brittany Wiscombe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shona Kay ... Emma Smith (as Shona Kay Moyer)
Shona Moyer Shona Moyer ... Emma Smith
Anne Sward ... Lucy Mack Smith (as Anne Hansen)
Liz Christensen Liz Christensen ... Mary Fielding Smith
Tim Flynn ... Alexander Smith (17)
Brad Johnson ... Joseph Smith Jr.
Ben Hopkin Ben Hopkin ... Lewis Bidamon
Cole Wiscombe Cole Wiscombe ... Young Alexander
Joshua Michael French ... Parley P. Pratt
Jeff Johnson ... Brigham Young
Eric McGraw ... Horton
David Webb ... Sawyer
Mace Sorenson Mace Sorenson ... Porter Rockwell
Skyler M. Day ... Julia Murdock Smith
Xander Brough Xander Brough ... Young Frederick
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After the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, Jr., his wife Emma Hale Smith was left with much to shoulder: salvaging Joseph's estate, the safety of her family, her own grief, and growing isolation as danger and rumors swirled around her. Through the eyes of one of her sons and Lucy Mack Smith, Emma's struggles reveal a courageous woman who stood as a pillar of strength for her loved ones.

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Drama | History

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Good Intentions But Misses the Mark
13 June 2018 | by blue-7See all my reviews

Anne Hansen and Shona Kay Moyer do a fine job in their performances as Lucy Mack Smith and Emma Hale Smith but IN EMMA'S FOOTSTEPS is more of a stage play than motion picture. Brittany Wiscombe who was responsible for the screenplays of NOT CINDERELLA'S TYPE and SINGING WITH ANGELS (both excellent) co-wrote this as well as directed. The script is too much talk and not enough visual. One has only to compare it with with EMMA SMITH: MY STORY (2008), which is both "Breathtaking" and "Powerful", to see what is missing from this important follow-up. I retuned to re-see the earlier film in the theater four times and then purchased it on Blu-ray and have watched it several times over the years. I had no desire to return for a second viewing of IN EMMA'S FOOTSTEPS as much as I wanted to like the film. True it didn't have the budget that it needed and so resorted to long dialog scenes. But the producers also made the mistake of shooting the film in the 2.35:1 wide screen format. For some reason several Mormon filmmakers are drawn to this wider format even though their efforts will have only have very brief theatrical screenings and mostly be seen on wide screen televisions which are 1.78:1 (16x9). This film has a great deal of wall space with lots of talk and outdoors the limited cast seems smaller in the wider format. CandleLight, who is releasing the film has chosen to use the wider format for two shorter Church History releases: CARTHAGE and STORYTELLERS. WHY??? Because their directors like the wider format!


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English

Release Date:

1 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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