The Fighting Preacher

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The Fighting Preacher
The Fighting Preacher (2019) Film Poster.jpg
Directed byT. C. Christensen
Produced byT.C. Christensen
Ron Tanner
StarringCharley Boon
Kenna Dawn
David McConnell
CinematographyT.C. Christensen
Distributed byPurdie Distribution
Release date
  • July 24, 2019 (2019-07-24)
CountryUnited States
Box office$955,781[1][2]

The Fighting Preacher is a 2019 drama film written and directed by T. C. Christensen and starring David McConnell and Kenna Dawn.[3]

The film focuses on Willard Bean (Dave McConnell) and his wife, Rebecca (Cassidy Hubert), who are in involved in a 25-year missionary service in Palmyra, New York.[4][5] Palmyra, which had previously driven out the last Mormons 80 years previous refuses to sell the couple supplies and harasses them. With a background in boxing, Bean finds a new way to reach the people.


  • David McConnell ... Willard Bean
  • Cassidy Hubert ... Rebecca Bean
  • Richard Benedict ... Pliny Sexton
  • Steve Anderson ... Thomas Winegar
  • Charley Boon ... Buster
  • Kenna Dawn ... Palmyra


Sean Means of The Salt Lake Tribune praised Christensen's work on the film, saying he "infuses a gentle humor to the Beans’ story, capturing Willard’s good-natured sarcasm" and that the "deeply faithful will appreciate the occasional name-dropping".[6]

The film was a finalist for the 2019 AML Award for narrative feature film.[7]


  1. ^ "The Fighting Preacher (2019) - Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Fighting Preacher (2019) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  3. ^ Toone, Trent (April 5, 2019). "New Film "The Fighting Preacher" is "the best church history story you've never heard of", director says". Deseret News. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "First Look: Trailer Released for New T.C. Christensen film "The Fighting Preacher"". Latter Day Saint Magazine. April 2, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Means, Sean (April 2, 2019). "New trailer released for 'The Fighting Preacher,'". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Means, Sean (July 19, 2019). "Review: 'Fighting Preacher,' an LDS missionary story, has warmth and humor". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "AML Award Winners" by Andrew Hall. Dawning of a Brighter Day. Association for Mormon Letters. 2 May 2020. Accessed 2 May 2020.

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