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9th Jul '17 3:38:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''Saints and Soldiers (2003)'' -- A WorldWarII picture, it details a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits random group of soldiers]] surviving a historical massacre and trying to regroup with the main forces, being short on supplies and avoiding enemy patrols. The movie doesn't contain any explicit reference to Mormons but one character is expressly stated to be Christian (from Snowflake, AZ) and served as a missionary in Germany before the war. The movie runs under the theme that WarIsHell and it causes a degree of religious antagonism between the Christian and another soldier operating as a HollywoodAtheist. A note of interest, the film aimed for a PG-13 rating and was originally given an R rating. After an appeal they got it down to PG-13 with no changes, which stirred up some issues regarding the rating system and how the MPAA is softer on big studio films over independent films.

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* ''Saints and Soldiers (2003)'' -- A WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII picture, it details a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits random group of soldiers]] surviving a historical massacre and trying to regroup with the main forces, being short on supplies and avoiding enemy patrols. The movie doesn't contain any explicit reference to Mormons but one character is expressly stated to be Christian (from Snowflake, AZ) and served as a missionary in Germany before the war. The movie runs under the theme that WarIsHell and it causes a degree of religious antagonism between the Christian and another soldier operating as a HollywoodAtheist. A note of interest, the film aimed for a PG-13 rating and was originally given an R rating. After an appeal they got it down to PG-13 with no changes, which stirred up some issues regarding the rating system and how the MPAA is softer on big studio films over independent films.
25th Mar '17 8:10:52 AM erforce
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But one of the most respected early films was made in 1940, ''Brigham Young'' (also known as ''Brigham Young, Frontiersman''). A biography of the second Mormon Prophet, it was one of the first films to depict him and the Church from a neutral, non-slanderous perspective. VincentPrice was cast as the first Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith, and the film went through the early days to Young leading the people to Utah. While it did take [[HollywoodHistory the usual liberties with history]], Heber J. Grant, the Prophet at the time of the film's release, approved of it, believing it would make friends.

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But one of the most respected early films was made in 1940, ''Brigham Young'' (also known as ''Brigham Young, Frontiersman''). A biography of the second Mormon Prophet, it was one of the first films to depict him and the Church from a neutral, non-slanderous perspective. VincentPrice Creator/VincentPrice was cast as the first Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith, and the film went through the early days to Young leading the people to Utah. While it did take [[HollywoodHistory the usual liberties with history]], Heber J. Grant, the Prophet at the time of the film's release, approved of it, believing it would make friends.
26th Nov '16 8:11:06 PM Fireblood
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* ''Meet the Mormons (2014)'' -- A documentary exploring six different LDS families from across the globe[[note]]Well, sort of. Four of the six featured subjects are Americans, although one is African American and another ([[Main/MilitaryAcademy Navy]] [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball football]] head coach Ken Niumatalolo) is of Samoan origin. The two non-Americans are a Costa Rican and a Nepali.[[/note]] and how their faith shape their lives – basically “I'm a Mormon”: TheMovie. Originally intended for the Legacy Theater, the film was given a wide theatrical release instead. It's currently the highest grossing LDS film in the genre's history, although [[CriticalDissonance critics weren't too kind on the film]].

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* ''Meet the Mormons (2014)'' -- A documentary exploring six different LDS families from across the globe[[note]]Well, sort of. Four of the six featured subjects are Americans, although one is African American and another ([[Main/MilitaryAcademy Navy]] [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball football]] head coach Ken Niumatalolo) is of Samoan origin. The two non-Americans are a Costa Rican and a Nepali.[[/note]] and how their faith shape their lives – basically “I'm a Mormon”: TheMovie. Originally intended for the Legacy Theater, the film was given a wide theatrical release instead. It's currently the highest grossing LDS film in the genre's history, although [[CriticalDissonance critics weren't too kind on to the film]].



In 2000 a young filmmaker named Richard Dutcher took a dramatic leap forward in regards to how Mormons are depicted by unabashedly releasing a movie dedicated to showing the life of the missionaries people see on the streets. Basing much of it off of his own experiences as a missionary in Mexico, ''God's Army'' was a surprise independent film hit. This is turn gave rise to a new slew of Mormon filmmakers who sought to depict other aspects of Mormon culture to the moviegoing community.

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In 2000 a young filmmaker named Richard Dutcher took a dramatic leap forward in regards to how Mormons are depicted by unabashedly releasing a movie dedicated to showing the life of the missionaries people see on the streets. Basing much of it off of his own experiences as a missionary in Mexico, ''God's Army'' was a surprise independent film hit. This is turn gave rise to a new slew of Mormon filmmakers who sought to depict other aspects of Mormon culture to the moviegoing movie-going community.



Critically and financially, the film was successful. It showed the missionaries as being real people trying to do what they feel was right. It addressed many issues non-members have and even showed a fellow missionary leaving because he had lost his faith. Among church members (who were the primary demographic anyway) the film was also considered good, though it was criticized for ArtisticLicense that got in the way of certain facts of church policies; missionaries must be physically healthy to serve, so one missionary with terminal cancer would not happen.

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Critically and financially, the film was successful. It showed the missionaries as being real people trying to do what they feel felt was right. It addressed many issues non-members have and even showed a fellow missionary leaving because he had lost his faith. Among church members (who were the primary demographic anyway) the film was also considered good, though it was criticized for ArtisticLicense that got in the way of certain facts of church policies; missionaries must be physically healthy to serve, so one missionary with terminal cancer would not happen.



* ''Falling (2008)'' -- Dutcher's last LDS film, and possibly the only one to be rated R. Here, he plays a burnt out stringer that suffers a crisis of faith when he records the murder of a gang member and sells it to the news outlets for a fortune, not realizing that he could've saved the victim's life. To make matters worse, the gang themselves seek out whoever exploited them [[DisproportionateRetribution in retaliation]]. Due to its subject matter, it has only received a very small release in a couple of theaters. The few people that have seen it considers the film to be Dutcher's masterpiece.

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* ''Falling (2008)'' -- Dutcher's last LDS film, and possibly the only one to be rated R. Here, he plays a burnt out stringer that suffers a crisis of faith when he records the murder of a gang member and sells it to the news outlets for a fortune, not realizing that he could've saved the victim's life. To make matters worse, the gang themselves seek out whoever exploited them [[DisproportionateRetribution in retaliation]]. Due to its subject matter, it has only received a very small release in a couple of theaters. The few people that have seen it considers consider the film to be Dutcher's masterpiece.



* ''Saints and Soldiers (2003)'' -- A WorldWarII picture, it details a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits random group of soldiers]] surviving a historical massacre and trying to regroup with the main forces, being short on supplies and avoiding enemy patrols. The movie doesn't contain any explicit reference to Mormons but one character is expressly stated to be Christian (from Snowflake, AZ) and served as a missionary in Germany before the war. The movie runs under the theme that WarIsHell and it causes a degree of religious antagonism between the Christian and another soldier operating as a HollywoodAtheist. A note of interest, the film aimed for a PG-13 rating and was originally given an R rating. After an appeal they got it down to PG-13 with no changes, which stirred up some issues regarding the rating system and how the MPAA is softer on big studio films over independant films.

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* ''Saints and Soldiers (2003)'' -- A WorldWarII picture, it details a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits random group of soldiers]] surviving a historical massacre and trying to regroup with the main forces, being short on supplies and avoiding enemy patrols. The movie doesn't contain any explicit reference to Mormons but one character is expressly stated to be Christian (from Snowflake, AZ) and served as a missionary in Germany before the war. The movie runs under the theme that WarIsHell and it causes a degree of religious antagonism between the Christian and another soldier operating as a HollywoodAtheist. A note of interest, the film aimed for a PG-13 rating and was originally given an R rating. After an appeal they got it down to PG-13 with no changes, which stirred up some issues regarding the rating system and how the MPAA is softer on big studio films over independant independent films.
14th Nov '16 11:50:33 AM GunarmDyne
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* ''The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepard (2000)'' -- A story concerning characters made for the film but set just before a major event of ''Literature/TheBookOfMormon'', the arrival of Jesus Christ to the people in the Americas. The story focused on a family and specifically one son, Helam, who struggles with his faith when he is given a position of wealth and influence as a assistant to a prominent (and corrupt) businessman. Can be viewed on Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds3jPxZG52k here]].

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* ''The Testaments: Of One Fold and One Shepard (2000)'' -- A story concerning characters made for the film but set just before a major event of ''Literature/TheBookOfMormon'', the arrival of Jesus Christ to the people in the Americas. The story focused on a family and specifically one son, Helam, Jacob, who struggles with his faith when he is given a position of wealth and influence as a assistant to a prominent (and corrupt) businessman. Can be viewed on Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds3jPxZG52k here]].
2nd Oct '16 5:06:35 PM talewind
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* ''[[Film/SeventeenMiracles 17 Miracles]] (2011)'' -- BasedOnATrueStory, follows the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company on their trek to Utah in 1856, detailing several of the miracles individuals experienced.
30th Aug '16 10:49:00 AM Packer
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* ''Film/OnceIWasABeehive (2015)'' -- A teenage girl, after losing her father, goes to a Bible-themed summer camp with her new cousin. Fitting in with the other Mormon girls proves to be a challenge.
10th Apr '16 7:01:35 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Film/TheOtherSideOfHeaven (2001)'' -- Adapted from the acclaimed book by Mormon leader John H. Groberg about his mission experience in the Polynesian nation of Tonga in the 1950's. The film was produced by Gerald R. Molen (known for work with Creator/StevenSpielberg) and distributed by Creator/{{Disney}}. Easily the most accessible Mormon film due to its genericized religious themes (focusing mostly on Christianity and spirituality in general) and for its major players, among them being actors [[HeyItsThatGuy you might recognize]] like Christopher Gorham and Creator/AnneHathaway.

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* ''Film/TheOtherSideOfHeaven (2001)'' -- Adapted from the acclaimed book by Mormon leader John H. Groberg about his mission experience in the Polynesian nation of Tonga in the 1950's. The film was produced by Gerald R. Molen (known for work with Creator/StevenSpielberg) and distributed by Creator/{{Disney}}. Easily the most accessible Mormon film due to its genericized religious themes (focusing mostly on Christianity and spirituality in general) and for its major players, among them being actors [[HeyItsThatGuy you might recognize]] recognize like Christopher Gorham and Creator/AnneHathaway.
8th Nov '15 10:26:02 PM C2
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The LDS Church also owns through its investment arm Excel Entertainment, a distributor of independently produced Mormon films.
1st Jun '15 1:21:50 AM KYCubbie
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* ''Meet the Mormons (2014)'' -- A documentary exploring six different LDS families from across the globe and how their faith shape their lives – basically “I'm a Mormon”: TheMovie. Originally intended for the Legacy Theater, the film was given a wide theatrical release instead. It's currently the highest grossing LDS film in the genre's history, although [[CriticalDissonance critics weren't too kind on the film]].

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* ''Meet the Mormons (2014)'' -- A documentary exploring six different LDS families from across the globe globe[[note]]Well, sort of. Four of the six featured subjects are Americans, although one is African American and another ([[Main/MilitaryAcademy Navy]] [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball football]] head coach Ken Niumatalolo) is of Samoan origin. The two non-Americans are a Costa Rican and a Nepali.[[/note]] and how their faith shape their lives – basically “I'm a Mormon”: TheMovie. Originally intended for the Legacy Theater, the film was given a wide theatrical release instead. It's currently the highest grossing LDS film in the genre's history, although [[CriticalDissonance critics weren't too kind on the film]].
26th May '15 5:10:27 PM PsychWardWalker
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** ''Saints and Soldiers: The Void (2014)'' -- A sequel focusing on yet another unrelated group of soldiers who must set aside their differences with a black private in order to stop an array of German tanks from sabotaging the allies. That means giving the enemy [[TankGoodness a taste of its own medicine]].

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** ''Saints and Soldiers: The Void (2014)'' -- A sequel focusing on yet another unrelated group of soldiers who must set aside their differences with a black private Tech Sergeant in order to stop an array of German tanks from sabotaging the allies. That means giving the enemy [[TankGoodness a taste of its own medicine]].
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