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Heart of the Beholder

This isn't a review, though I will post again when/if I get the chance to see this film, because I ran across it on another site and was intrigued by the story.

Heart of the Beholder tells the story of a family who run a chain of video stores and come under attack from a fundamentalist Christian group for carrying Martin Scorcese's The Last Temptation of Christ (along with other "pornography" such as Mr. Mom and Splash). The group goes so far as to blackmail an attorney to ruin the business and even threaten their young daughter. Even though they won their case in court, the bad press and expenses forces the family to declare bankruptcy, prompting the protagonist to decide to exact revenge.

Written and directed by Ken Tipton, the man who lived the story, if the excellent reviews are any indication, the movie should be both powerful and accurate. The topic of censorship is close to my heart, so I plan to check it out, if for no other reason than to see the strongarm tactics of the religious far right in action.

If anyone has seen this movie, please comment.

Comments on Heart of the Beholder
  Comment from Blogger MacFurious at Wednesday, July 13, 2005 10:51:00 PM
I've got to see this now... it sounds interesting. I always love a good movie about fundamentalist wackos :)

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