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A ROCK STAR FINDS HOPE IN THE
As Arthur seeks to reclaim the good things from his past while leaving the bad behind, you'll see stirring evidence that a loving God hears and answers our sincere prayers. Share with your family and neighbors the uplifting journey of a world-weary musician who receives a second chance.
"A soft-spoken, damaged soul who has found refuge and hope in the Mormon Church." — Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"A respectful and subtle look at the difference faith can make in one's life." — Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"New York Doll really doesn't feel like it was made as a commercial for Mormonism — although it could certainly serve as one." — Kurt Loder, MTV
"As journeys go, this is one to treasure." — Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
"A charmer." — Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A revelation." — Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"[New York Doll] turns Arthur Kane's largely heartbreaking rock and roll life into a small, unassuming monument to the power of friendship and the wonders of the spirit." — Kurt Loder, MTV
"One of those stories so incredible that even the most creative Hollywood screenwriters couldn't have come up with it." — Jeff Vice, Deseret News
- Run Time: 78 minutes
- Closed Caption: for the hearing impaired
- Rating: PG-13
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Two thumbs way down.
by Sharon - reviewed on April 01, 2006
I am amazed that the reviews I read gave this film five stars. Another couple and my husband and I watched this documentary together and can only describe it as a train wreck. You don't like what your seeing--you're not sure if it is serious or not, it is disjointed at best--and has very little to do with the actual conversion story of Arthur Kane. When he described his answer to prayer as 'an acid trip from the Lord' I almost choked. I love Deseret Book, and the books and movies it promotes--but I honestly cannot believe they even sell this in their stores. I was appalled by the movie.
Had to think about this after viewing.
by Customer - reviewed on April 10, 2006
I had to think about this one afterwards. I saw much of the movie concentrated on who the 'New York Dolls' were which didn't leave a positive feeling for me. I did see a testimony given of the great care, kindness, mercy, and love the Lord offers all of us in answered prayers. Also, shown was the value of the soul the Lord imparts to those of us who are not perfect and who began life in a much different setting than the LDS church who become introduced to this hope and love and healing of the Lord much later in life. This is a film to be discussed after viewing to preserve the testimony offered in the movie. This is very much a documentary and not an 'entertainment' type movie. Lastly,I was impressed with the messeage that the Lord really believes in all of us and values each of us.
Try before you buy
by Whitney - reviewed on December 03, 2007
It's an inspiring story, but it was thrown together like a documentary you'd see on MTV. I hated the format. Definitely watch before you buy.
by Rosie - reviewed on May 13, 2006
I Loved It! As a former unwed mother and now a convert, as well as the only member of my family who is a current temple-recommend holding member of the Church, I could totally relate with Arthur Kane. I actually gave the video to my sister who is a punk rocker herself. The video made me uncomfortable at times, and I'm glad-it showed me how judgemental I had become recently. I believe that Brother Kane is currently in charge of the rock & roll mission on the other side. My prayers as with him!
Great, moving reflection on life.
by Douglas - reviewed on April 29, 2009
The subject: Arthur "Killer" Kane, a man of grief, a man of sorrow, a man with great wealth...and great poverty. He went from the height of worldly success to the depths of human tragedy. Yet he was saved by his faith in something greater than all of us, something we can all obtain. This movie is recommended for all. It proves without a doubt that God does hear and answer prayers. It proves that He doesn’t always answer them on our terms, and that He will find a way to get you back to Him if you have the patients, love, and desire. Many LDS and non-LDS might find this movie hard to watch. It is an LDS/MTV styled movie. It has interviews with the fringe culture that many LDS avoid. It also shows that if you show love and if the Spirit is there, anyone can fall to the Lord. I might even give the movie an LDS-R rating and it might be misunderstood by children, teens, and sheltered adults. If you are a sheltered adult, you might want to watch it with a more exposed friend, who can help you skip the parts they feel might offend or explain why it might be good for you to know what’s happening. This is not a dirty movie just a movie about a different culture. Brother Kane was a member in GOOD standing from the start of the film until the end. It is best not to judge anyone in this film that is up to the Lord.
Unique and fascinating
by Jacob - reviewed on December 10, 2007
This film is unique and makes a significant contribution to the canon of LDS movies.
I loved it!
by Customer - reviewed on February 25, 2009
I too am surprised by the low rating. I believe this movie captures an important and simple element in our gospel which is God's love for all his people. God truly is answering our prayers even before we actually pray for them sometimes. The gospel blesses everyone that comes to Christ, even if they have a past that is not in harmony with the great plan of happiness. His faith that God will give us what we ask for if it is in accordance with His will was so unwaivering. I would hope all could learn from him.
Wonderful movie about the ability to change.
by Tod - reviewed on September 16, 2008
I loved this movie. I'm a music lover but have never heard of the New York Dolls. This movie really touched me and showed the ability for a person to change and the difference the spirit can make in a ones life. I like the way the movie was put together and thought it was very well done.
by Maurice - reviewed on October 29, 2008
Look, the person who gave this two thumbs way down and was appalled by the "acid trip" part of the movie is missing the point completely. What you have to understand about Arthur "Killer" Kane is that his life with the New York Dolls and before his conversion was one of drugs, partying, and lack of the gospel. So, when he received an answer to his prayer, what else did he have in his experience to compare it to? He had to frame it in reference to what he had known before. What he said was that it was like being on drugs, but without the drugs. A "natural high" if you will. This was a great film and what came through was the humanity and gentleness of this man. He changed his life, reconciled with old friends, and was a dedicated member of the Church. Shame on you for looking at his experience only through your narrowly-skewed lens.
by Gail - reviewed on January 03, 2012
This is a movie about a gentle man who only ever had one prayer and it was answered. I was touched by so much of this movie. At the end of the film when the original lead singer (a non-member I might add) of the New York Dolls sings an acoustic version of A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, I cried tears of joy. What a tribute to Arthur's testimony and his love for the gospel. This was a film about healing and forgiveness. As a convert to the church it strengthened my own testimony. Watch the director's interview and you get a real sense of why this movie was made and why it is such an important addition to any video library, LDS or otherwise.