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Glory! Glory! (1989)

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A radio preacher's operation is controlled by his honest but colorless son. When the preacher is promoted into a media superstar by a savvy huckster, the son is left behind.

Director:

Lindsay Anderson

Writers:

Stan Daniels (story), Bonny Dore (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ellen Greene ... Ruth
Richard Thomas ... Rev. Bobby Joe
James Whitmore ... Lester Babbitt
Winston Rekert Winston Rekert ... Chet
Barry Morse ... Rev. Dan Stuckey
George Buza ... Vincent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alden ... Sen. Monteith
Philippe Ayoub Philippe Ayoub ... Aide
Paul Bardier Paul Bardier
Marcia Bennett ... Elizabeth
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... Ethan
Wally Bondarenko Wally Bondarenko
Fred Booker Fred Booker
Sophie Brownlee Sophie Brownlee
David Clement ... Prof. Harris
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A radio preacher's operation is controlled by his honest but colorless son. When the preacher is promoted into a media superstar by a savvy huckster, the son is left behind.

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A sinfully funny satire of TV evangelism that's guarantied to beat the devil

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gloria! Gloria! See more »

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(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color
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Soundtracks

In Johnny's Arms
Music & Lyrics by John Lewis Parker and Stephanie Tyrell
Sung by Ellen Greene
Produced by Steve Tyrell
Co-produced by David Kitay
Musical Arrangements by Guy Moon
Vocals by Maxi Anderson, Marlena Jeter, Leslie Smith & Howard Smith
Recording Engineer David Hines
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Satire at its Best...
5 December 2001 | by BongoBoySee all my reviews

As noted by the first three reviewers (ironically, all of them from Oklahoma... clearly a state that recognizes great films), "Glory! Glory!" is truly special. The late, great director Lindsay Anderson solidified his well-deserved reputation as a master of satire with this entry.

Unfortunately, "Glory! Glory!" has never been released on either VHS or DVD. A pity, because the writing, acting and overall production are positively brilliant. Never too heavy-handed, it makes solid points about the business of televangelism and how it is no different from any other aspect of showbiz. Backroom deals of all types are cut, individuals act in self-serving ways that contradict the "holy mission" they claim to represent, people manipulate, control and abuse one another ... and that's just on the surface!

Did I mention that this is achieved with a wry, light-hearted touch? Presenting this potentially inflammatory material in such tongue-in-cheek fashion prevents it from descending into a lecture. The viewer will find himself laughing out loud much of the way. A real bonus is that the music is also top rate and never intrusive; when we hear a song, it is part of the overall story and thus propels it forward.

Richard Thomas and Ellen Greene are standouts. Both infuse their characters with a depth that allows us easy access to their individual strengths and weaknesses. That being said, in my estimation James Whitmore's performance as Lester Babbitt runs away with the show. Sublime and outrageous simultaneously, it is the stuff of legend. A consummate character actor, Whitmore has never been finer.

If you ever get the opportunity to see this, drop everything else and make it top priority. You will indeed be rewarded.


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