The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. 1: The Journey
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|The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. 1: The Journey|
|Directed by||Gary Rogers|
|Produced by||Bryce W. Fillmore (line producer)
David Hales (co-producer)
Gary Rogers (producer)
|Written by||Craig Clyde (screenplay)
Gary Rogers (written by)
Richard J. Clifford
|Music by||Robert C. Bowden|
|Editing by||Ira Baker
Brad Olsen (assistant editor)
|Distributed by||Mormon Movies
Halestone Distribution (a division of Halestorm Entertainment)
|Running time||120 minutes|
The Book of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey is a film version of the first two books in the Book of Mormon. Gary Rogers directed the movie from a screenplay written by himself and Craig Clyde. The movie had a limited theatrical release on September 12, 2003.
The theatrical release was rated PG-13 and contained an image of Nephi with blood splatter on his face after beheading Laban. This image was removed from the scene, and the film received a PG rating for the DVD release.
In the year 600 B.C.E. in the land of Jerusalem; it is the story of Lehi and his wife Sariah and their four sons: Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi. Lehi leaves Jerusalem after having prophesied concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and people wanted to kill him. He journeys into the wilderness with his family. He sends Nephi and his brothers back to Jerusalem after the brass plates and the family of Ishmael. The sons and daughters of Lehi marry the sons and daughters of Ishmael. They take their families and continue into the wilderness. Ishmael dies in the wilderness. They come to the sea. Nephi's brothers rebel against him. He confounds them, and builds a ship. They cross the sea to the promised land in the Americas. Lehi dies in the promised land. Nephi's brethren rebel against him again. Nephi departs again into the wilderness.
Gary Rogers' inspiration was the Cecil B. DeMille 1956 version of The Ten Commandments. He envisioned The Book of Mormon as one long historical epic. His plan is to make nine movies that cover the entire story of the book.
The movie was produced for only $1.5 million. The film ended up making $1,680,020 in the USA. The movie's running time length was two hours, and it was revealed on the DVD commentary that the first cut of the film was 2 hours 40 minutes long.
Noah Danby was cast as Nephi because of his strong resemblance to the art of Arnold Friberg. He had never read the Book of Mormon before making this film. Danby is a devout Lutheran, and while he didn't feel comfortable in making the movie due to religious differences, he has said in an interview for the Hollywood Reporter that he took the role to gain experience as an actor.
The desert scenes were filmed in Utah in the spring, and it was actually very cold. The "great and spacious building" was a five-foot miniature. The boat does not appear in the theatrical version of the scene in which the family arrives in the promised land. It was digitally added to that scene for the DVD version.
This movie was mentioned in Paul C. Gutjahrs 2012 book The Book of Mormon: A Biography.
Despite being a low-budget movie, it was widely panned by Mormon and non-Mormon critics but one reviewer noticed its well-meaning intentions. On the other hand, some said that it is a good introduction to the book. The movie was also reviewed by the Mormon Expression podcast. It is the fourth highest grossing movie in LDS cinema. The Austin Chronicle panned also this movie. In the Bloggernacle, A Motley Vision gave this movie a C-.
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