Joseph Smith - Plates of Gold
"Breathtakingly beautiful and historically meaningful."
"The most human and rounded screen depiction of Joseph Smith yet."
"Shows Joseph and Emma as you've never seen them before."
Step into nineteenth-century New England and experience the story of one of the most influential men in religious history. At only twenty-one years of age, Joseph Smith Jr. received a prophetic revelation that he was to translate ancient scripture into what would be published as the Book of Mormon. But his calling is not without turmoil and sacrifice for both Joseph and his young bride, Emma. The pair must endure rejection and persecution as they labor to know and do the will of the Lord.
This film is a must-see for Latter-day Saints or anyone who has heard the name of Joseph Smith. Director Christian Vuissa (The Errand of Angels, One Good Man) paints an intimate portrait of a complex man who, in spite of his human frailties, earnestly commits to serve God according to revelation he receives. You will be inspired by this touching true story of faith that chronicles the coming forth of the Book of Mormon—a story in which a rural farm boy is line upon line, precept upon precept, transformed into a prophet of God.
Special Features include Deleted Scenes, Behind-the-Scenes Featurette, and Director's Commentary. Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian
- CD TRACKS:
- End Titles
- Mr Knight's Farm (Album Version)
- Emma's Heart
- Joseph and Emma Wed
- In the Woods
- Returning the Plates
- Hiding the Plates
- Emma in Labor
- Purposes of God (Album Version)
- The New Scribe
- The Baptismal
- Cole's Harassment
- The Three Witnesses
- Emma's Importance
- Joseph Reveals the Plates
- Printing the Book
- The Finished Book of Mormon
- Establishing the Church
By Hunter, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I saw JOSEPH SMITH: PLATES OF GOLD during it brief theatrical run and liked it. I recently purchased a copy in the Blu-ray format (highly recommended) and have come to appreciate the beauty and power of what Christian Vuissa has achieved with his film. The extras in which he explains his approach to telling this sacred story gave me a much deeper appreciation for what he had in mind in using actors closer to the actual ages of Joseph and Emma when these events took place. Few filmmakers have done as much for the advancement of the LDS film making movement than Christian Vuissa. He has given young (and older ones like me) filmmakers an opportunity to screen their works with the annual LDS Film Festival held each year. He is an excellent filmmaker and one whose films I look forward to seeing. The title for this film says that it is Volume One . . . sadly its theatrical failure will likely prevent any follow-ups. This is a film worth purchasing.
By Dianna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I thought the actor whole portrayed Joseph Smith did a great job showing Joseph's sensitive side. I learned more about the events surrounding Joseph's relationship with Emma and her parents. Loved the story and hope to see another volume soon.
By Michael, Submitted on 2015-02-25
A beautiful film indeed, shot and made as only awarding winning Latter-day Saints no how.
However, one day, an uncommon place film, one that the non-member world will be able to watch and be disarmed by it and not see it as yet another missionary-work-type of film and critics who are not associated with the Church will praise it and bring it to attention.
Then, and only then, as Spencer W. Kimball mentioned, in his sweeping statement about art displaying the gospel, will it aid in turning the eyes of the world turn to the Church as mentioned in the scriptures.
We have become all to expert at entertaining ourselves. LDS cinema is a safe, growing haven.
Still, another beautiful telling of the beloved foundation of our history. Nice.
By Christian, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is one of the most real and humanizing portrayals of young Joseph Smith on film. The plate translation process was depicted in great detail that I'd not seen before. Very real human emotion displayed. Just a small taste of what the Smith's went through in the cause of truth. Definitely worth seeing!
By Glen & Ann, Submitted on 2015-02-25
David from Utah: Brother! I wonder where you got your information about the prophet not using the plates while translating them. We should be cautious about putting out incorrect information. But wow, it really is a good film. I would also disagree about the awarding of stars; instead of three I would give a an illustrious five!
God bless you, though, brother!
By Christian, Submitted on 2015-02-25
It was wonderful to watch this film with my children and to get to know Joseph Smith more personally. I was very impressed with the sensitive manner with which the individual characters were portrayed. The movie strenghtened my testimony of the importance of revelation and of faith in the Lord no matter what happens.
By Christian, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really enjoyed this film and am impressed how historic facts are incorporated in the film. It allowed me to go back in time and to better understand what Joseph Smith went through. Now the Book of Mormon has an even greater meaning to me than before.
By Chad, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The acting was TERRIBLE enough for a POOR ROAD SHOW. The attempt at portraying many of the stories surrounding the translation of the Book of Mormon was okay but still leaning towards POOR. I wouldn't show this to any investigator as to not want to confuse them with the different translation methods etc. DO NOT BUY THIS MOVIE, rent it or even better borrow it from someone as to not waste you money.
By Judy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I almost wondered if this was the same movie when I read the bad reviews. I thought the acting very real, the scenery beautiful, and the storyline worth sharing. I would buy and watch again and again. Loved it and the spirit it brought to me.
By David, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Knowing productions like this are necessarily made with a low budget in most cases, given the limited audience, I bought this with some trepidation. My family could tell you that I'm a pretty picky movie critic, even when a film depicts subjects I care a lot about. While this production won't measure up to films that cost much more money to make, I was very pleasantly surprised. Our family just finished watching Joseph Smith: Plates of Gold, a feature length film about Joseph's experience of preparing to receive the plates, getting them, hiding them, translating them and printing the Book of Mormon. It focuses a lot on his relationship with Emma too. The actor playing Joseph is the same that played him a few years ago in the video the Church made about his first vision called The Restoration (so now he's appropriately a bit older). It's very well made and even held my teenagers' attention. It's perhaps not quite as excellent as The Work and the Glory series of movies, but better in my opinion than Emma: My Story and even the movie by the Church called Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration. The big advantage it has over all these is that it's extremely accurate historically. Pretty much all the story elements, even minor things, are documented history, but it usually feels more like an engaging story than dry history. It feels perhaps a bit like a good Masterpiece Theater or BBC drama, except that perhaps the actors aren't quite as accomplished, but they're better than average and are quite adequate. I like the actor that played Joseph in The Work and the Glory best of all, but this actor is a close second, better in my opinion than the actor in Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration. He comes off as a real person, young and a bit rough around the edges, very emotional at times, all true to the Joseph we know from history. The cinematography is terrific. For someone with no knowledge of Joseph Smith or Mormonism, this movie provides a very good visual summary of the early events. My teens were asking lots of questions about Joseph's experiences that they never knew about before. One thing I really appreciated was that the characters, at least all the major ones, felt like real people in real situations (even my kids remarked about that), unlike many of these re-creations of church history. Many scenes of this movie would be good for use in the classroom. The movie indicates it's part one of an anticipated series, so I encourage you to buy it and support these filmmakers so they might continue their work.