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Marjoe (2000)

Marjoe (2000)

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Marjoe Gortner, today known primarily for his acting roles in B-movies, was at one time a boy faith healer and evangelist. Wildly popular in the American South, he could fill huge tent revival meetings with his promises of eternal salvation and healing. What the people who came to his meetings didn't know, and what this documentary shows, is that he was a fake who was used by others to make money.

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For many complicated reasons, fundamentalist Christianity in America doesn't look the same today as it did in 1972, when Marjoe won the Academy Award for best documentary.

January 12, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

In 1972, Sarah Kernochan and Howard Smith's Marjoe was enough of an eye-opening sensation to make news of itself and Oscar winners of its creators.

January 10, 2006

Especially entertaining is this con man's exposing all the tricks of the trade, from how he healed confederates feigning illnesses to the special gestures and vocal cadences designed to hypnotize his gullible followers.

May 26, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A portrait of interior disconnect between authentic faith and cynical disillusionment.

January 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This extraordinary documentary shows Marjoe back in the pulpit for an expose of the church-and-tent revival circuit.

February 13, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marjoe

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.

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