The Work and the Glory (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Work and the Glory (2004)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

The Work and the Glory Photos

Movie Info

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.
PG (for some mild thematic elements and violence)
Drama , Faith & Spirituality
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Box Office:


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
Tom Turbiville
as Teamster
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
Bruce McKinnon
as Preacher
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for The Work and the Glory

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Handsomely mounted but awfully bland.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Ultimately stumbles in its mission to make the founding of the Mormon religion interesting to a general audience.

Full Review… | March 11, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A likable, ambitious film that does its proselytizing in a roundabout way until its clumsy, final half-hour.

January 28, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A pretty but weakly written and acted period piece.

January 21, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's hard to imagine this movie capturing an audience outside the Mormon community.

January 20, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 23, 2005
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Work and the Glory

As a Latter-Day Saint, I can tell you this movie is historically inaccurate. We all know that Joseph was a schizophrenic liar and a womanizer. The film was bland. It failed to portray Joseph Smith in a good light. Everyone knows he was crazy.

Micah Miller
Micah Miller

Propaganda pure and simple. The Smith clan and their supporters are even more smarmy and sickly sweet than the Little House on the Prairie folks. I admire many of the Mormons I know, but this movie is a recruiting tool that just doesn't work. Maybe it says more about me than anything, but the evil people were far more appealing and real.

Michael Bogar
Michael Bogar

A fair amount of drama and it may not appeal to those who aren't already members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Ryan Peterson
Ryan Peterson

The Work and the Glory Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Work and the Glory on our Movie forum!

News & Features