I purchased the Ephraim's Rescue DVD a few months before I decided to watch it. Whenever a film receives so many glowing reviews and so much praise it is easy to be disappointed, and the story is so heart wrenching that visiting it yet again seemed overwhelming. Finally, on New Year's Eve my husband and I watched 17 Miracles and Ephraim's Rescue back to back. It was an emotionally draining, but incredibly motivating evening. This film is beautifully crafted, the acting is excellent, the music score is moving and adds so much to the spiritual impact of the story. It goes way beyond mere entertainment. There are a few things I could criticize. Darin Southam should have been taught how to ride better and the saddles used were way too modern; however these are very minor points that don't detract from the enjoyment of the film and wouldn't be noticed by the average person. This is a lovely film that I would recommend to anyone who needs a spiritual boost. The short biographical notes about the later lives of the survivors is a nice addition. I'm sorry I didn't watch this movie much sooner.
This movie ranks right along all the other profound and moving movies by T.C.Christensen. It's fabulous that the most important parts are from pioneer journals and accounts, which I would love to read. The album sound track is also profoundly moving. It brings tears to your eyes in places, and elsewhere makes you want to get up and dance.
I thought this movie was very well done. I felt the pain of those saints in the handcart company for all that they suffered. Their courage and strength were amazing. Very touching and emotional. One minute you are laughing and the next you are crying. Well written, well portayed, authentic, and a great soundtrack too. This is one I will treasure.
Ephram's Rescue is one of the most heart wrenching and inspiring films I have ever seen. Knowing the story is taken from pioneer's journals is even more of a testimony of the faith building experiences of these wonderful people. I laughed, cried, and had many soul searching moments during this movie. Thank you for bringing Ephram Hanks' story to life for all of us who needed to have this faith building experience.
This is one of the truly inspiring movies that I will cherish for years to come. The true story of Ephraim Hanks is quite well suited for the big screen, and it comes to life beautifully in this T.C. Christensen production. I came away from watching this movie with a burning desire to be a better man, have more faith, give more of myself in the service of others, and respond when the Lord calls me to do something, whether small or great. Ephraim Hanks will go down in my household as a revered man with a cherished legacy. If you have not seen this film, do yourself a favor and buy it. We will enjoy watching it again and again. I also love the soundtrack and often listen to it for inspiration.
Fantastic movie and even better than 17 Miracles if that is possible. If you go prepared not only will you enjoy the movie from an entertainment standpoint, but you will be able to gain spiritual insights as well. We need more movies like this. Very professionally done in all aspects.
Ephraim’s Rescue is one of the most emotionally gripping motion pictures ever made - A Heart Rending, True, film about Miracles, Survival, and Love experienced in one of the epic migrations of mankind.
The healing miracles performed by Ephraim Hanks were equal in every way to the miracles recorded in the scriptures. He fulfilled his gift of healing to save handcart pioneers as they experienced terrible suffering and death when they were caught in an early snowstorm.
I write this review as an observer even though I played a part in Ephraim’s Rescue and with my daughter had a small part in the motion picture 17 Miracles. It was a transcendent experience just to play a small part in the film, and it was so “real” that I nearly froze to death. If you liked the film 17 Miracles, You will love Ephraim’s Rescue.
In the best motion pictures, the actors do not act but become the persons they portray. Great actors such as Jimmie Stewart (It’s a Wonderful Life), Lethe Tatge (The Maibox), and Francis Urry (Windows of Heaven) were able to do this; actually becoming someone on the screen that they were portraying. Francis Urry did not just play the part of Lorenzo Snow, he became Lorenzo Snow.
Jackie Gleason did this in the film Gigot (which was the performance of his lifetime). Gleason did not just play the part of the man in the film but literally became a deaf mute in Paris. (See reviews of the film on Amazon.com).
I attended the Premier performance of Ephraim’s Rescue in the Megaplex Theater in Centerville and the next night in the Varsity Theater at BYU where a two of the performers answered questions after the viewing. It was after seeing the film twice and hearing the actors in person that I was struck by the fact that the actors were totally different people than who they became in the film.
There were no veteran seasoned actors in the film Ephraim’s Rescue. About half of more than 160 extras were direct descendants of Ephraim Hanks himself. For reasons known only to God; the phenomenon of becoming another person seemed to occur with every performer in this film. Even amateurs actors became someone else in the film than the person they were.
It was more than acting. For me, all of the actors became the real people. The only explanation I can give of why this happened to the actors in this film is, “that the works of God might be manifest.” The total influence this film will have on mankind is beyond our understanding.
It seems incredulous, but I know that it is possible to become another person in another period of time (See my review of 17 Miracles on Amazon.com). This is why I say the film was inspired. It was more than a great production, more than great directing and more than great acting.
The miraculous healings performed by Ephraim Hanks are a manifestation of the scripture: Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of the faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up…James 5:14-15.
The rescue by Ephraim Hanks is also great fishing and hunting story. The day Hanks received the visitation (vision) in the middle of the night to go and save the handcart pioneers, he spent the day fishing on Utah Lake. Then on the way to rescue the handcart people, he shot a buffalo that miraculously appeared before him after he prayed.
After taking the meat from that animal to the handcart people, Ephraim reported killing more buffalo to feed the starving handcart people who were not hunters but immigrants from England and Scandinavia. This makes Ephraim’s Rescue the greatest fishing and hunting story ever told. You can tell this to your fishing and hunting friends to get them to see the film. Because it is such a great rescue story about a true mountain man, I don’t think they will be disappointed.
Readers who want to see a marvelous painting of Ephraim Hanks entitled “Obeying the Spirit” by Clark Kelley Price and read a short account of the rescue by Ephraim himself can do so by going on Google to: Handcart Companies of 1856 - Hanksplace The painting tells the story of Ephraim’s rescue better than words can tell.
Ephraim’s Rescue is a gripping, unforgettable, true story. You will most certainly cry, but you will also laugh at many of the humorous incidents amidst the suffering. You will be inspired by the healing miracles and uplifted by the struggles to survive. Through the re-creation of this epic migration and the life of a man who saved so many, your soul, spirit, and faith will be renewed (and perhaps even rescued).
I recently saw this in Plano, TX. Extremely high quality. Great acting. Emotional and uplifting. Faith building. Can't say enough good things.
This was so well done. I loved the story of Ephraim and he is an awesome actor. Handsome and all. Loved the 2-fold meaning of the 'rescue'. Great job!!! I've already seen it 2 times and have plans for this Saturday to go with family that have not seen it.
Ephraim's Rescue was so much more than I expected.
I've seen it twice in the theaters and we've taken as many family members and friends as we can to see it. I did not see "17 Miracles" yet, but it's not necessary. Friends who aren't LDS can also easily enjoy the human emotions portrayed, the authentic scenery and costuming, and beautiful filming.
I was emotionally drawn in from the very first scene. The acting, directing, filming was incredible, "oscar worthy", actually better considering the inspiring subject matter!
My soul was deeply touched to see real sacrifice and devotion. Just see it!
Another great movie, a testimony building movie for anyone desiring to believe; don’t miss it. See 17 Miracles first.