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The War Prayer (2007)

Outraged by American military intervention in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, Mark Twain wrote a short story called "The War Prayer" in 1905. Harper's Bazaar Magazine ... See full summary »

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Marco Sanchez (adaptation), Mark Twain (short story)
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Credited cast:
Alison Aulakh ... Congregant
Kristen Clement Kristen Clement ... Congregant
Thomas Dekker ... The Singer
Emmy Farese ... Congregant
Anthony Fitzgerald Anthony Fitzgerald ... Prayer
Stefanie Goldstein ... Congregant
Stephen Gustavson ... Congregant
John Dahl Honoré John Dahl Honoré ... Keyboard Player
Krystal Landrum Krystal Landrum ... Congregation Member
Maleena Lawrence Maleena Lawrence ... Congregant
Kimberly Ohanesian Kimberly Ohanesian ... Congregant
Erik Ortman Erik Ortman ... Soldier
Marco Sanchez ... Deacon
Joseph Silva Joseph Silva ... Congregant
Jeremy Sisto ... The Stranger
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Outraged by American military intervention in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, Mark Twain wrote a short story called "The War Prayer" in 1905. Harper's Bazaar Magazine rejected the piece, as did Twain's own publisher. Even his family and friends feared it was 'sacrilegious', and the story remained unpublished until 1923...thirteen years after his death. "I don't think the prayer will be published in my time. None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth." Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama

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Country:

USA

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English

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11 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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Army of Christ
Music & Lyrics by Dan Studney
Performed by Thomas Dekker
Music Produced & Arranged by 'John Dahl Honoré'
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Hard-hitting
5 October 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of several dozen short films that are currently posted on IMDb for viewing in the United States. For how long and if it's available where you live is something you'll just have to check out for yourself.

This film is based on a short story by Mark Twain written during the very bloody conflict where American soldiers conquered the Philippines.. It begins at a church service where the crowd is praying for soldiers serving abroad and the atmosphere is akin to a pep rally. Suddenly, an ill-dressed man enters and announces that God has heard their prayers and he's ready to grant them exactly what they wish for--if that's REALLY what they want.

The film is well made and very, very hard-hitting. It is very clearly anti-war and its point is to get you to re-examine your attitudes towards your country's enemies. There's a very good chance it will offend you, but more importantly it does make you think and any film that does that is a success.


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