October 11, 2014
A grown up child faith-healer reveals the schemes and deceptions of his trade.
Inside the brain of a con artist, this documentary is everything that's good about Elmer Gentry with the added benefit of being all true. Marjoe is an unappealing person, but the film is starkly honest and unflinching in its condemnation. The thesis isn't as intelligent about faith as it might be (because after all faith is far more complex than can be shown in a film or garnered in a tent rally), but this is still a valuable and compelling film.
Overall, Marjoe is a fascinating look at the business of conversion.
June 17, 2013
I think it's absurd to review this film based upon your religious convictions. I think it's more appropriate to review it based upon it's content and how the film is crafted. And it get's an A in those areas. This sheds light on how easily manipulated children can be and how even more easily adults can fall for anything if they want it to be real. Marjoe had an unfortunate upbringing and the realizations that he makes in this film are gratifying for the viewers. This is an important documentary for believers and non-believers alike. Don't watch it with defiance like others clearly have.
January 10, 2011
An amazing look inside the Pentacostal church by a trusted and famous pastor, who admits that it's all a scam. Marjoe Gortner was a child prodogy. The son of pentacostal parents who was trained to recite versus, how to give a great performance and when to solicit money from believers. He was ordained at the age of four and continued to preach into his teens. He gave up preaching and joined the hippy movement until in his twenties, needing money, went back to the only thing he knew how to do well. Preach and get people to empty their wallets for God.
February 11, 2009
I know that when this movie came out it was probably THE pull back the curtain on evangelism, but it has lost a bit of luster in age. However, it is still a very good documentary that poses the juxtaposition of this preacher and what he does to people. It dwells too long on his performances (or I guess they are called sermons) which makes it a bit more tedious, but still nice with great summations from Mr. Marjoe himself. And it?s nice to see he isn?t all that messed up from having parent?s like his.
April 12, 2013
Pra quem gosta de ver um golpista (e ex-celebridade) expondo os segredos do seu ofício "Marjoe" é um filme imperdível. Vencedor do Oscar de melhor documentário em 72, foi assistido por poucas pessoas devido à censura branca das distribuidoras e donos de cinema na época. Dez anos atrás foi descoberto num depósito e restaurado.
October 9, 2012
I can understand the impact this film made at the time and why it deserves its Oscar. This film literally change the face of Christian America. However it loses a couple of points because I can only enjoy so many hours so constant, crazy preaching, speaking "in tongues" and flailing on the floor.
March 23, 2012
Frightening, infuriating and so sad.
February 7, 2012
Selv etter Ã¥ ha sett denne sÃ¥ fins det evangelister merkelig nok.
August 31, 2011
It really opens your eyes to a whole new world. Honestly, it's tragic. A must see.