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God's Army [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Ventura Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056K4J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,325 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "gemster1985" on 1 April 2004
Format: DVD
Another Mormon film, but is very moving. It gives a great insight to the Mormon Church and shows you that they aren't weird at all! The acting is very good and is a must see. It is both funny and sad. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Foster on 6 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
In giving a movie a star rating, I can't help making comparisons between films. Because of this, although I thoroughly enjoyed this film, I cannot give it a "5 Star" rating simply because it's not up there, either in terms of content or visual impact, with the very best. Indeed, in my opinion, even the Director of this, Richard Dutcher, has produced far better films, with his follow-up movie, "States of Grace" (which I highly recommend), being far superior in terms of both style and technique. Dutcher clearly has talent and, as he moves away from this particular genre (which, by its very nature, has limited appeal), he is certainly going to be a Director to watch out for (the trailer for his latest outing, "Evil Angel", a thriller staring Ving Rhames and Ava Gaudet, suggests a, somewhat, giant leap...).

As for "God's Army"...Yes, it's good...though not great. It provides an insight into the everyday lives of the young men and women of the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints"...You know, the ones who voluntarily dedicate 18 months to 2 years of their lives to share "...a message about Jesus Christ...", usually by knocking on your door at the most inconvenient times (just as you're about to have dinner or just as you're about to settle down for the evening to watch a movie).

Regardless of how you view these individuals, it seems somewhat harsh, and incredibly prejudiced, of "Pdrgriffiths "P. Griffiths"" 1 star review to refer to them as "Satan's messengers". This review, which is clearly an attack on the LDS Church, rather than a review of the film itself, suggests that the reviewer hasn't even seen the film.
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In giving a movie a star rating, I can't help making comparisons between films. Because of this, although I thoroughly enjoyed this film, I cannot give it more than three stars simply because it's not up there, either in terms of content or visual impact, with the very best. Indeed, in my opinion, even the Director of this, Richard Dutcher, has produced far better films, with his follow-up movie, "States of Grace" (which I highly recommend), being far superior in terms of both style and technique. Dutcher clearly has talent and, as he moves away from this particular genre (which, by its very nature, has limited appeal), he is certainly going to be a Director to watch out for (the trailer for his latest outing, "Evil Angel", a thriller staring Ving Rhames and Ava Gaudet, suggests a, somewhat, giant leap...).

As for "God's Army"...Yes, it's good...though not great. It provides an insight into the everyday lives of the young men and women of the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints"...You know, the ones who voluntarily dedicate 18 months to 2 years of their lives to share "...a message about Jesus Christ...", usually by knocking on your door at the most inconvenient times (just as you're about to have dinner or just as you're about to settle down for the evening to watch a movie).

Anyway, back to the film...It's funny, it's sad, it's moving, but, above all, it's human. It deals with some of life's trials that we all, at various times, face...regardless of our religious, or non-religious, beliefs. OK, as I have said, it's not, by any standards, a great movie, but it's uplifting and well worth watching, particularly if, like me, you have LDS friends or simply have an interest in finding out more about the people it attempts to portray.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pdrgriffiths on 9 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
No, not God's army, but a story of the methodlogy employed by Satan's messengers. How sad it is to see what appears to be intelligent individuals so deceived by a false gospel.
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Amazon.com: 54 reviews
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
God's Army Excellent Portrayal Of Spiritual Journey 9 Dec 2000
By Les & Shanon Gripkey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
God's Army is a spiritual journey made rich by the universal human struggles and strivings of the young people on that journey. Their questions, missteps, and mistakes make their yearning for, and grasping of the sacred powerful, and real. Although Richard Dutcher made this movie for a Mormon audience, I, a non-Mormon, loved it, as did a Muslim friend. God's Army has, in fact proved somewhat controversial in Mormon circles. While it's been very popular in Utah, with many finding the portrayal of Mormon missionary experience very true to life-- there is a minority who feel it's not proper to portray anything other than a sanitized picture of Mormonism to the outside world. Richard Ductcher, who produced and directed the film (as well as playing the part of ''Pops'' the oldest missionary) is a active Mormon who wrote this movie out of his own life experience--at different times he experienced the faith, doubt, joy, despair, miracles, etc. portrayed fictionally by the different characters in this film.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I respectfully submit that Alan Holyoak has missed the point 21 Mar 2001
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
The movie is great. Period. I respectfully disagree with Alan Holyoak's review of God's Army in that it was not Richard Dutcher's goal to portray LDS missionaries in the traditional, sanitized manner, but rather to show them as having the same human failings we all have. The difference that Dutcher deftly shows is that these young men and women, despite their failings, have been entrusted by God to help people understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
One would think that showing this view of LDS missionaries and their mission presidents (which view is based on a lot more reality than perhaps Alan wishes to admit), would tarnish the image of LDS missionaries. On the contrary, our experience with our non-LDS friends has been that they now truly understand what it means to be a missionary in the LDS church and that the extraordinary experiences portrayed in the film actually have happened to some missionaries. It has drawn them closer to the message of the LDS church, not further away.
I would agree with Alan if Dutcher had left off at the end of the movie with an ending that mirrored the levity found in the beginning. But the final moments of God's Army are touching and stay true to the principles of the Gospel.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
enjoyed the movie 30 Aug 2001
By D. Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this movie very much--it was right on the mark in terms of what it's like being an LDS missionary (in the states.) The missionaries were silly, spiritual, and pretty regular...much as I remember from my own two-year mission in Texas. It wasn't preachy and the message that faith is important rings true, in whatever your own "mission" or needs are.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Can't Please All the People All the Time 5 Jan 2003
By Matthew W. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I'm not quite sure what to say about this film. I would have given it two and a half stars, but that's not possible.
Writer/Director Richard Dutcher's project obviously faces some difficult constraints. After all, how do you present an experience--seriously, but without sanctimony--that is deeply personal and sacred for some, and seems like propaganda to others? Dutcher's film attempts to express the difficulty of faith and inner conflict involved in missionary service, without trivializing or sugar-coating it.
I'm inclined to say that he succeeds to a degree. Unfortunately, he tries to cram a mission worth of experience and growth into what seems like a couple weeks. The story's investigation of the main character's spiritual journey is too simplistic, but is far more real--tension-filled and conflict-ridden--than any Mormon church-sponsored production. Having served a mission myself, I can say that the tomfoolery depicted actually does exist, despite what many more serious types would say. And I can defend his relative lack of conventional missionary content (knocking doors all day, constant rejection, meetings and lessons, etc) by simply pointing out that Dutcher's character, Pops, is obviously not a conventional missionary. Even with its obvious shortcomings, I applaud Dutcher for his attempt to give voice to the joy, despair, hope, and trials of faith that, in turn, plague and buoy young Mormon missionaries.
However, it seems that many others, on both sides, would disagree. Many Mormons I know feel that it makes light of sacred things, and take exception to its loose portrayal of missionary life. Many non-Mormons take issue with the perceived frankness of its account and the implicit claims to truth. To the former I would say, my experience (and apparently Dutcher's) seems to differ from yours; try to be more open-minded. As for the latter, I'm not sure what they would be expecting. The movie clearly advertises its Mormon content. I would hope by now that people in the world would be working toward a modicum of flexibility in trying to at least understand, if not appreciate, worldviews that differ from theirs. I'm pretty sure Dutcher's film was not meant to shove Mormonism in your face. Must an affirmation of one man's faith necessarily threaten that of the audience?
In the end, I'm not sure if this type of attempt to present Mormon missionary experience to a mainstream audience could ever be truly successful, in terms of popular reception. A mission is such a profoundly personal experience, most of it gets lost in translation. Music and well-intentioned melodrama are poor media for expressing such feelings. But I'm glad people like Dutcher are at least making the attempt, however flawed. There are far too few movies that actually take religion seriously, on its own terms.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Condensed two years 12 Feb 2005
By G. E. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
There has been several LDS films lately and most deal with the mission experience. While the non LDS viewer might see all these films as unlikely portrayals, what they do represent is true to life except that the gamut of experiences is typically lived over the course of the two years that missioneries serve. When I first saw this I kept saying yeah but, yeah but. As I contemplated later, I thought to myself when was the last time that Miracles were part of your regular life? The answer is when I served as a full time Missionery. The Film "The best two years"
Is another very true to life portrayal of mission life, and the conversion of a missionery to service. The reason "God's Army" is not a 5 star is due to the budget of the film which resulted in some less than authentic looks.This film is probably moving for many former missioneries, but provides an interesting look at "those mormon boys".
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