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Work and the Glory: American Zion
     

The Work and the Glory: American Zion

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Director: Sterling Van Wagenen

Cast: Sam Hennings, Brenda Strong, Jonathan Scarfe

 
The true story of how the Church of Latter Day Saints made its way to the American West in search of a home free from persecution informs this historical drama, based on the novel by Gerald N. Lund. In 1833, Benjamin Steed (Sam Hennings) and his wife, Mary Ann (Brenda Strong), were the leaders of a family of Mormons living in Missouri, but they and their fellow

Overview

The true story of how the Church of Latter Day Saints made its way to the American West in search of a home free from persecution informs this historical drama, based on the novel by Gerald N. Lund. In 1833, Benjamin Steed (Sam Hennings) and his wife, Mary Ann (Brenda Strong), were the leaders of a family of Mormons living in Missouri, but they and their fellow followers of the teachings of Joseph Smith (Jonathan Scarfe) knew little peace, as fierce anti-Mormon factions took violent action against the settlers. When several hundred LDS members were forced from their homes by vigilantes, Smith and his loyal second Brigham Young (Andrew Bowen) set forth to find a new home for their growing flock. Benjamin and Mary Ann join the migration west, but not everyone in their family joins them; their eldest son Joshua (Eric Johnson) has turned his back on the Mormon faith, and has joined forces with the men seeking to put a stop to Smith, Young, and their new church. The Work and the Glory: American Zion was the sequel to the 2004 film The Work and the Glory, also based on a novel by Gerald N. Lund.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
UPC:
0097368039742
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:39:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Hennings Benjamin Steed
Brenda Strong Mary Ann Steed
Jonathan Scarfe Joseph Smith
Andrew Bowen Brigham Young
Eric Johnson Joshua Steed
Alexander Carroll Actor
Emily Podleski Actor
Michael Bowen Actor

Technical Credits
Sterling Van Wagenen Director
Sam Cardon Score Composer
Christopher R. De Muri Production Designer
Rene Haynes Casting
Steve Johnson Editor
Jeff T. Miller Co-producer
Larry H. Miller Executive Producer
Reed Smoot Cinematographer
Scott Swofford Producer
Cathren Warner Costumes/Costume Designer
Matt Whitaker Screenwriter

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The Work and the Glory: American Zion 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I rented this garbage, I thought it first it might make an interesting story of a family split on religious lines involving the early history of the Mormon religion. Initially, the movie seemed OK. However, once I got most of the way through it, it is easy to see this film is nothing but pro-Mormon propaganda and nothing else. The acting in it is OK, but the script is absurd. The movie has that charlatan Joseph Smith performing miracle healings, calling down the power of God. What the movie doesn't show is the truth that Joseph Smith was a con-man extraodinaire who got the idea of the Amerindians being the lost tribes or descended from Jews from a fictional novel written in the same period. However, whatever Joseph Smith might have been, the fact that Brigham Young, with his 150 or more wives was a dictator that made Saddam Hussein look like a pussycat. During Young's time the Danite Band, the legendary "law-enforcement" wing of the Mormon church which "officially" doesn't exist, made sure any converts stayed that way or perished. This was rather easy to do in the Mormon created "Paradise" called Deseret. Another thing this film does not show is any of Mormon men like Smith, Young or any others with plural wives. All had only one wife in the movie, and the sickeningly sweet Joseph and Young was too ridiculous to contemplate. This movie should have been stamped "Official product of the LDS". Don't buy this film. If you must see it, rent it. Then try to forget this hogwash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent period production, beautifully filmed, with fine acting by all. You can enjoy this movie, even without being a Mormon or agreeing with their religion. The Mormon story in American history has never received sufficient cinematic treatment, but this production is a positive step in that direction. I really enjoyed this movie.