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Crusade - The Life of Billy Graham
Crusade - The Life of Billy Graham
Actor: Billy Graham
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 45min

He has preached to more people than anyone else in history. Now, go behind the scenes to meet the man himself and witness the power of the Graham organization as it mobilizes millions of followers worldwide. Experience the...  more »


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Actor: Billy Graham
Creators: Michael J. De Lazzer, Randall Balmer
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Television, Religion
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/08/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 45min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Leon M. Bodevin | Lemoore, CA | 03/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you think that all evangelists are phonies, then you need to watch this video. Billy Graham is a true believer, a man who never compromised his vision of bringing the gospel to the people. He even told President LBJ that he wanted to see him devote his life to Christ after his presidency: you've got to admire this unwavering belief in Christ. It's no wonder Graham is so influential. This is a wonderful video that brings Billy Graham to life."
A Great Man of Faith
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 04/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In this PBS production, we get an overview of Reverend Graham's life, from his youth as a Fuller Brush salesman to being the most prominent living evangelist in the world. There is also a little history of the evangelical movement in the U.S. from its inception, and some early film clips of Rev. Graham's early crusades that are marvelous, and that also include some of his "team" who have been with him since the beginning, among them George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows.
This documentary centers on a crusade in Portland, Oregon, where they show the extensive planning, the pre-event rehearsals, the people going door-to-door with announcements, the prayer teams. When one includes the huge choir, and all the technicians, a crusade can involve as many as 30,000 people, all coordinated for one purpose, to lead people to Jesus.

I am sure the producers of this documentary would argue that they were giving us a "balanced portrait," but unfortunately, it is done with the undercurrent of a snobbish attitude, in the words emphasized and in the people they chose to interview. They dwell at length with a certain Charles Templeton, a man who calls himself a "friend" of Graham's but speaks with the tongue of a snake, and thinks Rev. Graham has committed "intellectual suicide" and is preaching an "outdated faith." Written and hosted by Randall Balmer, there is much that made me uncomfortable, with a feeling that those who created this documentary sadly were not familiar with their subject, but rather had a pre-concieved opinion they tried to present.

There is a final ten minute interview with Rev. Graham which is a delight. If you can get past the supercilious tone of this documentary, it is well worth watching, especially for footage of young Billy Graham, tall and angular, preaching his heart out; a charismatic soldier for the Lord, who has become a much loved general in His army. Running time is approximately 1 hour and 46 minutes."