Fall From Grace

2007, Documentary, 1h 11m

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Rev. Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church has gained notoriety over the years for his slurs against the gay community. Probably most known for picketing the Matthew Shepard funeral with offensive signage, Phelps has also taken it upon himself to protest soldier deaths too. It seems gaining national recognition only motivates him. This intimate documentary uses past and current footage along with new interviews to paint a picture of the controversial figure and his like-minded family.

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  • Mar 13, 2011
    Hate personified! One major point was missing from such an in-depth documentary about Fred Phelps and his inbred hate factory - where does the money come from and how do they maintain tax exemption as a church since the church is only his crazy family? Other than this unaddressed issue, to see the hate and the justification for who to target the hatred to is unfathomable!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2010
    Decent mostly fly-on-the-wall style doc about the Phelps clan and their radical home taught hatred and protest tactics0.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2010
    A satisfyingly balanced, and for that all the more scathing, look into a rather minor but vocal sideshow of the American Heartland. It feels like one of those micro-history books sitting in your local bookstore: focused on one subject and rarely if ever deviating to even briefly take a larger overview of its context, yet managing a true documentary level of implied social commentary, leaving the subject matter to work for itself. In that way, we can excuse this film for not tackling larger matters, such as Christian Fundamentalism as a whole, simply because Fred Phelps world is inherently isolationist and not open to these larger issues. The audience is left to interpret the morals and the role this group may have in the world at large, and for that, the film deserves a bit of praise considering the volatile subject matter that could easily have turned into a aimless hack-job. Instead, the documentary presents you with the axe, the grinder, and the instructions... and lets you handle the rest once the film is over. For that, its focus and lack of context is not misplaced: it knows the audience comes in with a preconception, and instead gives ammunition in the form of details, facts, and calm analysis. Satisfaction, and a fair bit of outrage, guaranteed... as long as one reads between the lines and doesn't make this narrow molehill of a subject into a broad mountain of disgust.
    Daniel H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2010
    A look at a very disturbed group of people who hate homosexuality but wish for the death of our soldiers overseas. Do they have the right to picket? Yes they do. But it is a shame that it is people like this who make the good Christina people of the world look bad. And there are good ones out there. The children of these people are also very scary. That one is a future serial killer. I actually felt so bad for Kelly Franz for what she went through with the death of her husband. Interesting but disturbing documentary.
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