Directed by Sarah Kernochan, Howard Smith
In this Oscar-winning expose, southern evangelist Marjoe Gortner allows the filmmakers to record him swindling people out of money. Raised to be a child preacher on the revival-tent circuit, Gortner made a small fortune for his parents. Later, he began preaching on his own in a lively, rock star-influenced style, but, since he lacked actual religious faith, money became his sole motivator.
In this Oscar-winning expose, southern evangelist Marjoe Gortner allows the filmmakers to record him swindling people out of money.
Fascinating! I grew up in the south going to evangelical revival meetings very much like these. I got out of that world as soon as I was able, and eventually the rest of my family left as well, but watching this took me right back to both the fear and the religious ecstasy that accompany these types of events. This movie was made before I was born, but it's still as relevant today as it was in 1972.
I got a migraine after the first two minutes.
Extremely intriging! I would like to know more about him and his childhood...more about his parents and what became of them and him.
I've been looking all over for this documentary -- it is legendary in the religious doc drama, and hard to track down. I'm really happy I found it here, because it wasn't at all what I expected.When you hear of preacher con-men, those who preach things like prosperity gospels or speak in tongues, there's generally an air of superiority and this notion that, while they know it's total bullshit, they would never be caught dead saying so. Marjoe has an internal conflict about this, but I think it's safe to say he chalks it up to performance like he did as a child and has no qualms dissecting the mechanics of his schemes. It's like an ethnography of 70's pentacostal preaching. Super cool.While Marjoe was a close second to my favorite appearance, my first would have to be shirtless-while-smoking sound guy. If you have to watch it for anything, watch it for him.
Interesting subject! would have liked to hear more about his family background and the techniques of 'evangelist con-men'.