Heart of the Beholder

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Released 2005

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Director:
Ken Tipton
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Heart of the Beholder tells the true story of director Ken Tipton's experience running a chain of video rental stores that were threatened, picketed and eventually bankrupted by a group of religious fanatics. Tipton and his wife are represented on-screen as Mike (Matt Letscher) and Diane Howard (Sarah Brown). Set in the early 1980s, the entrepreneurial couple opens Video Library, the first video rental shop in St. Louis. As their business expands, a religious organization called Citizens for Decency demands that the couple censor their selection of films. The organization, led by Reverend Brewer (John Prosky), arbitrarily targets such mainstream movies as Splash and Mr. Mom. Mike and Diane resist the demands, but upon the 1988 release of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, the pressure intensifies. The Reverend and his group make violent threats toward store employees and even the couple's young daughter (Chlo'' Grace Moretz). A corrupt District Attorney (John Dye) is no help in this fierce battle over free speech and religious tolerance.moreless
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    Drama, Suspense

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    Family Dramas, Religion & Spirituality, Thrillers