Produced by Richard Dutcher, Gena Downey (Associate Producer), Paul Downey (Line Producer)
Directed by Richard Dutcher
Screenplay by Richard Dutcher
Production Company: Zion Films
Premiere Date: March 10, 2000
Length: 107 min.
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Significant Mormon Elements
Subjects: LDS missionaries; Los Angeles;
A young missionary named Elder Allen begins his mission in Los Angeles under the much older Elder Dalton. As Dalton struggles with his health Allen struggles with his testimony.
From the cover: "Thrust into a world of harsh realities, Brandon Allen (Matthew Brown), with his unrelenting mentor, Marcus Dalton (Richard Dutcher), confronts the challenges of missionary life in Los Angeles, soon realizing that his most important convert may be himself."
See Mormon Film: Key Films of the Fifth Wave
This film, which was enormously successful financially, is often credited with inventing "LDS cinema." On a broad scale this is not true, but it did instigate a new wave in LDS cinema, the theatrical feature fiction film made primarily by Church members and with identifiably LDS content. It was also Dutcher's breakthrough film, after his earlier Girl Crazy and a KBYU film Eliza and I.
Saving the world one soul at a time.
2000 Award in Film, The Association for Mormon Letters;
Nominated by the VSDA (Video Software Dealers Association) for a Home Entertainment Award
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HBLL Call No: DVDMM 366, DVDMM 199, DVD 531
Medium: 35mm color
Cast Members: Mathew A. Brown - Elder Brandon Allen; Richard Dutcher - Elder Marcus Dalton; Jacque Gray - Sister Fronk; DeSean Terry - Elder Banks; Jeffrey Scott Kelly - Elder Mangum; Michael Buster - Elder Kinegar; Luis Robledo - Elder Sandoval; John Pentecost - President Beecroft; Lynne Carr - Sister Beecroft; Kelli Coleman - Sister Monson; Anthony Anselmi - Elder Harmer; Peter Jackson - Elder Downey; Seamus Hurley - Elder Rex; Francine Riber - Connie; Lance Johnson - Brother Rose; Doug Stewart - Benny
Music Composed by: Miriam Cutler
Film Editor: Michael Chaskes
Cinematographer: Ken Glassing
Certification: MPAA: PG
Distributor: Excel Entertainment
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|States of Grace Writer Richard Dutcher,Directed by Richard Dutcher,Film Editor Richard Dutcher,Produced by Richard Dutcher,Music Composed by Ben Carson,Produced by Mark Victor, Jeff Chamberlain, Dan Urness, Emily Pearson, Stin Hansen,Cinematographer Ken Glassing