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Paradise (2004)

Televangelist Bobby Paradise "saw God" in some space debris when he was returning to Earth as an astronaut. Or at least he was convinced he did by his wife, a Cape Canaveral groupie at the ... See full summary »

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Frank Pierson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Strathairn ... Reverend Bobby Paradise
Barbara Hershey ... Elizabeth Paradise
Kirk Acevedo ... Manny Marquez
Anita Barone ... Sammi
Vivienne Benesch Vivienne Benesch ... Alison Paradise
Patrick John Flueger ... Luke Paradise (as Patrick Flueger)
James Le Gros ... Matthew Paradise (as James LeGros)
Kiersten Warren ... Grace Paradise
Elaine Stritch ... Isabella
James Gammon ... Old cowboy
Rick Hoffman ... Clark Cavanaugh
Shea Whigham ... Jeremiah Alcott
Richard T. Jones ... Senator Michael Linney
Haley Fife Haley Fife ... Susanna
Maxx Payne ... XL
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Televangelist Bobby Paradise "saw God" in some space debris when he was returning to Earth as an astronaut. Or at least he was convinced he did by his wife, a Cape Canaveral groupie at the time Bobby was with NASA. Now they have built up an extensive TV empire. When their proposal to merge with a somewhat tarnished mogul is investigated by the government, skeletons in the Paradise closet come to light and the family either rallies behind or disparages the enterprise. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief drug use
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The man who would have a TV ministry.
1 December 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Frank Pierson's "Paradise" is an interesting look at the business of organized religion. In fact, it shows a man, at the center of the story, that may well be a fake.

An astronaut turned evangelist? Well, anything is possible. Bobby Paradise found salvation on his way back to earth. Bobby Paradise and his family are a success story. They live the life of privilege. We see the mansion, the luxury which probably stick out in sharp contrast with the life his followers lead. One wonders how can they justify this life style, which seems to be the norm for most of the people in this business.

The film's main interest is generated by its stars. David Strathairn, who brings an integrity to everything he does. Barbara Hershey, one of the best actresses in the business, who alas, is not seen much these days. And of course, Elaine Stritch is delightful playing a matriarch that loves her drinking.

While the film doesn't answer any questions about the subject of TV evangelism, it's not a total waste because of the cast and the direction.


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