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Marjoe [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Marjoe Gortner , Sarah Kernochan , Sarah Kernochan , Howard Smith    DVD
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  • Actors: Marjoe Gortner, Sarah Kernochan, S.K. Thoth
  • Directors: Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith
  • Producers: Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith, Curt Johnson, Lynn Appelle, Max Palevsky
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCW2VG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,968 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Christian fundamentalism 13 May 2010
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This guy must of made a lot of enemies after this came out, an inside perspective of the money making racket that forms part of the christian revolution. A few nervous glances at camera as other preachers tell their secrets. FIVE STAR. All the usual, people convulsing on the floor as the evil spirits are taken from them, all for only fifty bucks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing changes 20 Sep 2012
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Marjoe is an Academy Award winning 1970's documentary that follows the return to the Evangelical preaching circuit of a childhood preacher, now in his adulthood. Having supped from the cup of free love of 1960's hedonism in his early adulthood, Marjoe (ie MARy and JOsEph, get it?), the adult version of the precocious child, is an out and out atheist who returns to show in this movie/documentary how God Fearing Christians from the Bible belt in the US are royally ripped off by the cynical men and women of the US preaching circuit. Marjoe himself, not an objectionable figure, performs to the congregations like a pumped up hybrid of Mick Jagger and Robert Plant and the audience dutifully fall about in an alarming whipped up `Christian' frenzy. This is hard work to watch, in the same way that watching back to back air craft crashes would be hard to watch. The phrase `Praise Jesus' and `Thankyou Jesus' is obviously integral to the hypnotic effect needed to generate the 'hysteria' (and therefore the 'giving' of donations), but to the impartial outsider it becomes wearing and irritating as it is repeated again and again and again to the baying mob. This is uncomfortable, alarming and scary as grown adults fall uncontrollably shaking to the floor in front of their impressionable offspring, speak wildly and eerily in tongues and happily hand over wads of hard earned cash to beady eyed religious money men bearing cheap plastic buckets. At the end of the movie you are left thanking Jesus that this obscene and cynical behaviour has been consigned to the 1970's.

But of course it hasn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening dvd. 7 Sep 2012
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Needs to be shown worldwide especially in America. Marjoe was born in to sect but when he grew up he found out that what he had been preaching was a sham, he decided to show behind the scenes. Very good dvd .
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth a Headline. 26 Aug 2014
By L M H.
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NOT worth the material, it took to print it on. total waste, and certainly not worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Praise the Lord, Marjoe is back! 25 Feb 2006
By Steve Gronert Ellerhoff - Published on
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I have waited and waited and waited and waited for this release on DVD. Marjoe won the Oscar in 1972 for best documentary and rightfully so. He went out on a limb, admitting he was a fraud and an entertainer, and brought a film crew to capture it all. I love this film, the way he shows traveling evangelists are mainly cons who make off with a lot of money from people who don't have any to begin with. The segment with the preacher woman who breathes into her mic is crippling--telling her congregation she knows they have bills to pay and have set aside money for a winter coat but the church needs that money more. Ugh... It's incredible to watch him perform and preach the word at these revivals--he's very much a rock star--and even though he's taking this money, it's easy to sympathize with him. He was thrust into preaching at the age of four by parents who exploited and abused him to make money for the family--and ultimately, the film itself is his confession and he's genuinely sorry. I needed this movie when I saw it ten years ago. May it find more viewers who are in a bad way. Marjoe is the court jester of evangelists, and I thank him for doing this film and tarnishing his name on the Pentecostal circuit by doing so. He's helped some of us decades after he took that leap.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "This is a business..." 27 Mar 2006
By danger ex machina - Published on
...and, over the course of 90 minutes, Brother Marjoe and his intrepid crew out the bizarre and wild world of Pentacostal hucksterism. What a weird circle of wonder he decided to come clean. Just try not to look as the toothless man screams in tongues during a sermon! Regal at the close-ups of the gaudy (and no doubt pricey) necklace worn by Reverend Taylor as she preaches that her ministry doesn't spend the congregants money on "foolishness"! Why, it's like rubbernecking at a car wreck and watching a gang of battered old drunks waiting for the state store to open rolled into one! Heck, this is almost as good as the psuedo-documentary of Idi Amin, and nearly as sad. It's hard not to feel pity for the way these rubes are being duped, and from the looks of it they're pretty oblivious. One minister candidly talks about his upcoming trip to Brazil. He owns land there, which he tells Marjoe a food processor is interested in. Bought and paid for with your generous donations, praise Jesus! Marjoe helpfully describes some of his carny tricks, like drawing red crosses with sweat activated ink, and the radio/televangelist method of turning "prophecies" into maximum financial return. He evens throws a smoke bomb (shown in a short clip near the end)! Yeah, Marjoe may have been a pretty dispicable con man too, but at least he did his best to expose this nonsense when his conscience got to him. If my parents pimped me to church folks for a living from the age of four, I'd doubtless do the same, and probably with a ton of venom that Marjoe never displays (at least for the cameras). Highly recommended viewing...invite your prayer group over for popcorn and Dr. Pepper!
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever version of this classic 17 Dec 2005
By Jim Quist - Published on
I concur with all the other enthusiastic reviews of this documentary. What you need to know is that this film has been restored, literally transformed compared to the old VHS version of this. The colors are bright, the picture clear, the sound is crisp. What I like most about this movie is the way it messes with your mind, delightfully. Or as others have noted, the truth sure is strange, and you've got an all access pass to this here travelin' show.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the waning days of the tent revival 19 Jan 2007
By chefdevergue - Published on
The tent circuit was rapidly heading for extinction by the time this documentary was made, so in addition to being one huckster's self-exposure of his skullduggery, it is also an examination of a subculture which would soon cease to exist (or at the very least be transformed into something wholy unrecognizable from its forebears).

Interestingly, even though the movie depicts the tent revival as being primarily a Southern phenomenon, the revivals shown in the movie took place (if I am recalling correctly) in California & Fort Worth Texas.

Certainly the notion of saving souls for fun & profit is nothing new, but Marjoe Gortner's candor about exactly what he is doing, including the process of exposing himself as a fraud, is a tad unsettling. Both the subject & the filmmaker know that Marjoe's reasons are far from altruistic, and each is using the other for his own purposes. The result is, at times, a rather surreal experience. Marjoe is revealing himself, but in many ways he isn't. We can never really be sure in what he believes, if anything. I suspect it wasn't so much conscience as it was a practical business decision (the tent circuit had been slowly waning since the end of WWII, when the formerly-rural American population once and for all became urbanized)) as he recognized that there were more lucrative media in which he could utilize his talents. Given his upbringing, not as a child but as a gimmick to be exploited, it would be amazing if he has a conscience at all.

Did it make a difference? Apparently not much of one, since Benny Hinn appears to be quite comfortably well-off. People will believe what makes them feel most comfortable. It wouldn't surprise me if some people believed that Marjoe made these outrageous claims of being a fraud only because Beelzebub somehow tricked him into it. For all I know, they may be praying for Marjoe's return to the fold, even today.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a breathtakingly honest peek inside another world 8 Mar 2003
By Ralph - Published on
I very much wish this were more widely available. It's a documentary--an amazingly honest look inside the world of the traveling evangelist--telling the true story of one of America's premiere child evangelists. Conservative Christians may see it as an attack on their faith; sneering liberals may see it as a searing expose of the phoniness of conservative religion. It is neither. Much like "The Apostle," it's an honest look at a world outside mainstream American culture--except this one is not done with actors. Those who are willing to get acquainted, with an open mind, with this particular kind of religion, will find it an astonishingly powerful story, and well worth viewing.
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