Heart of the Beholder

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Heart of the Beholder
Directed by Ken Tipton
Produced by Darlene Lieblich
Ken Tipton
Jeanette Voluturno
Arnon Manor
Written by Ken Tipton
Starring Matt Letscher
Sarah Joy Brown
John Dye
Anne Ramsay
Michael Dorn
Jason Wiles
Greg Germann
Ken Tipton
Arden Myrin
Silas Weir Mitchell
Tony Todd
Chloë Grace Moretz
Priscilla Barnes
Music by Peter Rafelson
Cinematography George Mooradian
Edited by Dana E. Glauberman
Distributed by Beholder Productions
Release date
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$500,000

Heart of the Beholder is a 2005 drama film that was written and directed by Ken Tipton. It is based on Tipton's own experience as the owner of a chain of videocassette rental stores in the 1980s. Tipton and his family had opened the first videocassette rental stores in St. Louis in 1980; their business was destroyed by a campaign of Christian fundamentalists who objected to the chain's carrying the film The Last Temptation of Christ for rental.

The film won Best Feature Film awards at several film festivals.[citation needed] Critic Ryan Cracknell summarized the film, "There's no shortage of material for writer-director Ken Tipton to work with here. That alone makes Heart of the Beholder a film of interest. It is in many ways a politically charged film as it touches on issues of freedom of speech, religious beliefs and all out fanaticism. Still, I didn't think it was charged with enough balance and I think a large part had to do with the film's inconsistent pacing."[1]


  1. ^ Cracknell, Ryan (July 14, 2005). "Review of Heart of the Beholder". Movie-Views.com. Retrieved November 3, 2007. 

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