July 24th is Pioneer Day in Utah. In between parades, barbecues, and fireworks, I highly recommend that you take your family to see The Fighting Preacher. This is the latest film by Utah favorite, T.C. Christensen, and it opens Wednesday.
I had a blast at the premier last week. I didn't know the story about Willard Bean, and was fascinated to learn about him and his family. The Beans had such great faith to accept the mission call to Palmyra, and even greater faith to not give up when they were hated by everyone in the town.
The serious moments were broken up by humor (some a little over the top, but a good fit for a family show).
It's cliche, but I laughed and I cried. This really was an enjoyable film.
Utah’s own award-winning producer/director, and master story-teller, T.C. Christensen, once again weaves a tale of action, romance, comedy, and drama in this heartwarming story of a couple that overcomes all odds. It is truly a David versus Goliath story, as two people take on an entire town filled with hatred. After 24 years in the community, they eventually become loved and respected by one and all.
In the tradition of Christensen and Remember Films, who brought you 17 Miracles, Ephraim’s Rescue, Love Kennedy, and Cokeville Miracle; this new film brings elements that make the audience laugh, cry, and most importantly, cheer the underdog.