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The Work and the Glory: American Zion Details


The true story of how the Church of Latter Day Saints made its way to the American West in search of a home free from persecution informs this historical drama, based on the novel by [[Performer~P429253~Gerald N. Lund~geraldnlund]]. In 1833, Benjamin Steed ([[Performer~P31795~Sam Hennings~samhennings]]) and his wife, Mary Ann ([[Performer~P153972~Brenda Strong~brendastrong]]), were the leaders of a family of Mormons living in Missouri, but they and their fellow followers of the teachings of Joseph Smith ([[Performer~P242343~Jonathan Scarfe~jonathanscarfe]]) knew little peace, as fierce anti-Mormon factions took violent action against the settlers. When several hundred LDS members were forced from their homes by vigilantes, Smith and his loyal second Brigham Young ([[Performer~P272143~Andrew Bowen~andrewbowen]]) set forth to find a new home for their growing flock. Benjamin and Mary Ann join the migration west, but not everyone in their family joins them; their eldest son Joshua ([[Performer~P264125~Eric Johnson~ericjohnson]]) has turned his back on the Mormon faith, and has joined forces with the men seeking to put a stop to Smith, Young, and their new church. The Work and the Glory: American Zion was the sequel to the 2004 film [[Feature~V315819~The Work and the Glory~theworkandtheglory]], also based on a novel by [[Performer~P429253~Gerald N. Lund~geraldnlund]]. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 21, 2005


Sam Hennings
as Benjamin Steed
Andrew Bowen
as Brigham Young
Alexander Carroll
Michael Bowen
Emily Podleski
Jonathan Scarfe
as Joseph Smith
Eric Johnson
as Joshua Steed
Brenda Strong
as Mary Ann Steed


Sterling Van Wagenen
Scott Swofford
Matt Whitaker
Reed Smoot
Sam Cardon
Composer (Music Score)
Christopher R. De Muri
Production Designer
Larry H. Miller
Executive Producer
Cathren Warner
Costume Designer
Rene Haynes