Produced by Ed Decker
Premiere Date: Jan. 1983
Length: 58 min.
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Significant Mormon Elements
"This hard-hitting film unmasks the myth of Mormonism from family home evening through the actual secret temple rituals." (Advertisement for The Godmakers in New Life Magazine [Aug. 1983]). "This controversial film peels back the mask of lies to expose today's most respectable yet deceitful and fastest growing cult." (The Godmakers publicity qtd. in Mackey, below)
See Mormon Film: Key Films of the Fourth Wave
This anti-Mormon propaganda film by a disaffected Mormon is significant for the fact that it received such attention and widespread circulation among evangelical Christians despite being highly biased and sensationalistic.
A well-known leader of the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith, after having viewed the film several times, concluded: "I sincerely hope that people of all faiths will similarly repudiate 'The Godmakers' as defamatory and untrue, and recognize it for what it truly represents--a challenge to the religious liberty of all" (Statement by Rhonda M. Abrams, 25 May 1984, Regional Director of Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith, qtd. in Mackey, below).
Like the anti-Mormon films of the 1910s, this film helped to catalyze both institutional and independent efforts to use film for the positive depiction of Mormonism.
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