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The Work and the Glory II: American Zion [2005] (1 disc)

Director:Sterling Van Wagenen
Writer:Matt Whitaker
Composer:Sam Cardon
Length:100 minutes
(1 hour 40 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Sunday
Sorting Category:Drama
Sorting Tub:Golf
IMDB Rating:5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:45%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Against impending strife, a young man with a divine vision leads a people against the aggression of an anti-hero with a vulnerable past.

Reaction: The drama is amped up dramatically from the first movie, but the story works without feeling overly drawn out.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Sterling Van Wagenen => Director
Matt Whitaker => Writer
Sam Cardon => Composer
Gerald N. Lund => Novel "Like A Fire is Burning"
Alexander Carroll => Nathan Steed
Andrew Bowen => Brigham Young
Annie Abbott => Edith Gates
Brenda Strong => Mary Ann Steed
Brighton Hertford => Melissa Steed
Colin Ford => Matthew Steed
Danny Nelson => Reverend Samuel Bogart
David Dwyer => William Phelps
Don Henderson Baker => Ezra Booth
Emily Podleski => Jessica Roundy
Eric Johnson => Joshua Steed
Frank Ashmore => Martin Harris
Giulia Pagano => Mother Smith
Haynes Brooke => Edward Partridge
Jim Grimshaw => Josiah McBride
Jonathan Scarfe => Joseph Smith
Kimberly Varadi => Becca Steed
Mark Scarboro => Newell K. Whitney
Melanie Hawkins => Emma Smith
Milton Bagby => Caleb, farmer
R.D. Call => Boggs
Raphael Sbarge => Parley Pratt
Sam Hennings => Benjamin Steed
Sarah Bastian => Lydia Steed (as Sera Bastian)
Stephen Michael Ayers => Father Smith (as Stephen Ayers)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Based on the second book in the series, Like A Fire is Burning.
  • The first LDS film to receive a major theatrical release on its opening weekend (not just limited to Salt Lake City and then expanding wider if it does well).
  • Shot back-to-back with The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided.