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Torchlighters: The Jim Elliot Story
Torchlighters The Jim Elliot Story
Genres: Kids & Family, Special Interests, Animation
NR     2005     0hr 30min

CANNOT SELL IN UNITED KINGDOM. Geared for children ages 8-12, this stunning, half-hour, action-packed program uses top quality animation to bring to life the story of missionary martyr Jim Elliot. The year was 1956. From t...  more »


Movie Details

Genres: Kids & Family, Special Interests, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Religion & Spirituality, Animation
Studio: Vision Video
Format: DVD - Color - Animated
DVD Release Date: 03/22/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 0hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Well Done
Tim Challies | Oakville, Ontario | 10/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Torchlighters video series is a new series of animated DVD's dedicated to "Highlighting the honor, integrity and life-changing experiences of those well-known and little-known Christian men, women and children who in response to God's call, dedicated their lives to a life of whole-hearted commitment and passionate service to Jesus." It is a production of Christian History Institute along with International Films and Voice of the Martyrs. The first in this series is The Jim Elliot Story. Elliot is widely known in the Christian world because of the prolific writing and speaking career of his wife, Elisabeth. In 1956 Jim Elliot, along with four other young missionaries, were killed by a vicious tribe of Euadorian natives whom the men were trying to reach with the gospel. The tragedy has become an inspiration to people across the world as they have seen the families of those who were killed continue to love and serve among the tribe who put them to death.

This video, which is about a half hour long, provides a brief glimpse of Elliot's short career as a missionary. It introduces each of the men who served with him and shows their love for the Lord and their determination to serve him whatever the cost. The cover for the DVD says, "In the inaugural Torchlighters episode we follow Jim's adventures from his college years to his work in the jungles, showing young people his faith in action as he answers God's call to do the seemingly impossible." The story is presented well, focusing on the unshakeable faith of these young men.

It should be noted that the series is targetted primarily at children between the ages of eight and twelve. I was hoping that I could show this film to my son, who is five, but my wife feels that it might be a little too intense for him. Perhaps next year. There is nothing too terribly graphic (certainly by today's standards) but the viewer will nevertheless witness the deaths of many people, including the hero of the story.

Included with the film is a study guide suitable for children that includes a leader's guide and reproducible student worksheets; an interview with Steve Saint, son of Nate Saint who was killed along with Jim Elliot and who has gone on to serve with the same tribe; and a video autobiography of Marj Saint Van Der Puy, Nate's wife. These add significant value to what is already a strong presentation, though these extras will appeal far more to adults than to children.

Future titles in the Torchlighters series include The William Tyndale Story (release is imminent), The John Bunyan Story (set for a 2006 release) and The Eric Liddell Story (also set for a 2006 release). This looks like a wonderful little series and I am sure each of the titles will be a valuable addition to any church or personal library. I hope to make each of these titles available to my children.

The Jim Elliot Story is well-made and will surely appeal to the target audience. It will share with children the deep and inspiring faith of some of God's most dedicated servants. I am glad to recommend it."
Excellent Family DVD
Julie Jones | Boise, ID United States | 05/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We checked this DVD out from the library in preperation for a field trip to see a plane similar to Nate Saint's. Our whole family (kids ages 5 - 14) were captivated by the animated story. My 5 year old got teary eyed during the attack scene (at the thought that those men died for Jesus), but it is not overly violent.
The interview with Steve Saint is a little long for younger kids but my 10, 12, and 14 year olds watched all of it. It is a great tool to prepare your kids for whatever task God might ask them to do! We have not looked at the study guide or the other bonus feature but expect more of the same great material.
We are looking forward to more from this series."
Stephen Jones "Jesus Saves!"
Tim Challies | 05/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best 1/2 hour cartoon I have seen in a very long time! It's a real exicting movie with a Awesome Ending.
IT ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
This cartoon lives up to other accounts of this historicle e
ROBERT M SCOTT | Independence, KY | 03/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After listening to Elisabeth Elliot's 13 year radio program, "Gateway to Joy" and hearing her share her account of the missionary massacre, that included the death of her husband, Jim Elliot, and then reading her book that recounts these events, "Through Gates of Splendor," I can say that this cartoon version of "The Jim Elliot Story" moves me emotionally just as much as hearing Elisabeth share this story, herself, or from reading her published account. This is an inspiring story for all ages, accept for very young children. After renting it from Netflix and seeing it for the first time, I decided to buy it on Amazon."