In November of 1833, the state of Missouri turned a blind eye as hundreds of its peaceful inhabitants were hunted down and driven from their homes in the dead of night. Against this impending strife, a young man with a div... more »ine vision leads a people against the aggression of an anti-hero with a vulnerable past. With more than two million copies sold, the second volume of Gerald N. Lund's epic series The Work and the Glory now brings a pivotal moment in American history to the big screen. "The Work and The Glory: American Zion" sets the story of the fictional Steed family against the historically factual backdrop of the Mormon people's move into the West. Divided by their diverse reactions to a nascent ideology, the Steeds struggle to hold together as the strength of their convictions and their filial bonds are tested. The stirring narrative of the faith that led a persecuted people to Missouri and beyond is one of the most poignant untold tales of American history. It is the account of a valiant struggle to exercise the rights promised by a fledgling nation. "The Work and the Glory: American Zion" unearths the story of the passion behind the movement which eventually launched the largest American migration and the colonization of the West: the vision of a promised land in America.« less
THE MOVIE ITSELF WAS QUITE DECENT, WHATEVER YOUR THEOLOGY
TOMMY C ELLIS | Federal Way, WA United States | 06/06/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Works & Glory II does a splendid job of picking up where the first left off. The tempo continues at a nice clip, and the acting remains dramatic, authentic, and compelling.
The honesty of the dilemma Joseph Smith creates when, after a 1000 mile treck to reclaim Mormon lands that have been confiscated, he makes a rather difficult decision. His choice causes a "crisis of faith" in one of his most loyal disciples, and causes a skeptic to come to Smith's defense. Clever dialogue here.
The most powerful plus for this sequel is that it answers the big "Why did the Mormons receive so much hostility" question in a manner that is subtle and realistic. From the foundation of this movement, there was a tight-knit, look out for one another ethos that garnered both admiration and fear. Who is this large bloc of people coming into our county? Are they going to take over? Will they usurp our power, try to change the way we've run things? And, of course, will they bloc-vote to prohibit slavery? Missing from the plot of #2 was any signficant religious opposition. Most of the hostility and violence came for political and sociological reasons.
Bottom-line: I'm not LDS, so this film served as more of an education for me, then a "faith-promoting" movie. Nevertheless, those interested in this population, will find the movie informative and well done--especially within the religious movie genre. I'm sure most members of this group will enjoy the movie, and that the leadership will be quietly smiling."
Jann Moyers | New Mexico | 07/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed the story line, and drama much more than the first one, though it was necessary to have the first one to help you get familiarized with the characters, and know which way the film is taking you. I really enjoyed it."
Great film, Great story.
James S. Williams II | Orlando, FL United States | 05/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think Vineyard Distribution had a great run with this film. It would be really nice if the public better understood the realness of this part of U.S. history. Mr. Lund does a great job in telling some important history through this family. Vineyard does an excellent job in making this story real on film for the lazy reader like me. I'm excited to see more of these films if money and interest allow them."
P. Belfiglio | 08/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was going to rate this five stars but my more objective side said, "Naw, four."
I liked this movie better than the first -- it tweeked up the action and the dramatization (a little more `Hollywoodish').
A Special Note: This is FICTIONAL history, although it does to a greater than lesser extent follow actual historical events. Hence, do not expect this to be accurate to a fault; just enjoy it for what it is -- enjoyable and entertaining so much so that I await the next installment.
P.S.: It's great to be able to discover a better than mediocre action, drama type movie without excessive violence, offensive sex scenes and language. For this, at least, it deserves my support."
Great Movie - Horrible DVD FEATURES
K. Gray | Salt Lake City, Utah | 05/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Actually, if you are a fan of the Gerald Lund Work and the Glory books you'll love the movie. They did change a few things in the movie but overall I felt it followed the books about as closely as you can expect.
My problem is not with the movie but with the DVD itself. We spent nearly $22 to buy this movie and we take it home hoping not only to enjoy the movie but a plethora of features as well. When we turned the DVD on you will find that the STINKING CHEAP SKATES who produced the DVD give you only two options on the DVD menu, play movie and setup. How cheap is that? The company that produced the DVD, were too weasly to even put in a chapter selection feature. There were no behind the scene stuff, outtakes or anything.
YOU MIGHT AS WELL PURCHASE A VHS VERSION.... IT'S PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING!!!"