Pray TV (1982 film)

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For the 1980 motion picture comedy, see Pray TV.
Pray TV
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Directed by Robert Markowitz
Produced by Peter S. Greenberg
Written by Lane Slate
Starring John Ritter
Ned Beatty
Richard Kiley
Madolyn Smith
Louise Latham
Music by Dennis McCarthy
Cinematography Donald H. Birnkrant
Edited by Peter Parasheles
Distributed by ABC
Release dates
  • February 1, 1982 (1982-02-01)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Pray TV was the title of a made-for-TV drama in 1982 which aired on ABC starring John Ritter and Ned Beatty.[1] The project garnered controversy when Rev. Jerry Falwell, the prominent televangelist, undertook a public campaign in an attempt to keep the TV movie from airing.[2]

Plot Summary[edit]

A newly ordained minister accepts a summer job with a dynamic TV evangelist only to find deep conflicts between the latter's conventional activities servicing his community's spiritual needs and his power wielded as a TV celebrity.

Fake Phone Number in Film Gets Real Calls[edit]

The telephone number advertised by Rev. Stone got 15,000 real calls for help.



  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (February 1, 1982). "Ned Beatty in Role of Broadcast Evangelist". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (February 7, 1982). "A Serious Subject Flawed by Compromise". The New York Times. 

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