The Work and the Glory

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When the Steed family relocates to upstate New York from their long-time home in Vermont, religious strife threatens to destroy their close-knit relationship in director Russel Holt's screen adaptation of author Gerald N. Lund's best-selling romance novel. A hardworking family whose struggle to adapt to the ways of Palmyra is complicated when they find that their hired help is embedded in a tense religious controversy. The Steeds' situation grows increasingly dire when both siblings fall for the daughter of a wealthy merchant. The more the family struggles to unbind themselves from the all-consuming religious firestorm, the tighter they are bound to a town that could shake the very foundation of their existence.


Sam Hennings
as Benjamin Steed
Brenda Strong
as Mary Ann Steed
Eric Johnson
as Joshua Steed
Alexander Carroll
as Nathan Steed
Tiffany Dupont
as Lydia McBride
Brighton Hertford
as Melissa Steed
Kimberly Varadi
as Becca Steed
Colin Ford
as Matthew Steed
Kathryn Firago
as Hannah McBride
Jim Grimshaw
as Josiah McBride
Jonathan Scarfe
as Joseph Smith
Sarah Darling
as Emma Smith
Edward Albert
as Martin Harris
Ryan Wood
as Hyrum Smith
Jordan Rose Tarter
as Sophronia Smith
Anne Sward
as Lucy Mack Smith
Levi Larsen
as Samuel Smith
John Woodhouse
as Will Murdock
Jonathan Quint
as Mark Cooper
Phillip DeVona
as David Murdock
Marcus Hester
as Caleb Jackson
Emily Podleski
as Jessica Roundy
Bill Crabb
as Asa Phelps
Annie Abbott
as Edith Gates
Wayne Grace
as First Land Agent
Charles Howerton
as Second Land Agent
Kevin Stillwell
as First Man
Bruce C. Taylor
as First Member
Sheri Mann Stewart
as First Woman
Marc Macaulay
as Land Speculator
Stephen Gentry
as Second Man
Zane Miller
as First Suitor
Joseph Wilkins
as Second Member
Carey Jones
as Third Man
James Van Harper
as Wagon Master
Richie Dye
as Clinton Roundy
Laura Whyte
as Aunt Helen
Terry Haskell
as First Troublemaker
Jarron Vosburg
as Young Joseph
Thais Albert
as Cousin Sabina
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Critic Reviews for The Work and the Glory

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (10)

  • Handsomely mounted but awfully bland.

    Apr 1, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Ultimately stumbles in its mission to make the founding of the Mormon religion interesting to a general audience.

    Mar 11, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A likable, ambitious film that does its proselytizing in a roundabout way until its clumsy, final half-hour.

    Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • A pretty but weakly written and acted period piece.

    Jan 21, 2005 | Rating: 2/5
  • It's hard to imagine this movie capturing an audience outside the Mormon community.

    Jan 20, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Offers an efficient and often credible, if overly sanitized, look at the time, place and circumstances in which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was born.

    Apr 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Work and the Glory

  • Aug 21, 2007
    Hello Mormon blockbuster!! Been forever since I seen this though. And the guy on the cover, who I'm only assuming is Jo Smith, looks just like George!! o.O !!
    Jezzy A Super Reviewer

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