A Man Called Peter – Movie Review and Highest Recommendation

I’ve been on a roll watching movies this week, trying to study them, learn from them, grow from them. Today I watched A Man Called Peter, a title that I was very familiar with but never had much interest in. It’s about Peter Marshall as a young preacher at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C.  Catherine Marshall is one of my favorite authors, and I should have known that any movie based on one of her books would have to be great.

peter3

On Saturday I’m signed up for a writing seminar about how to integrate our faith in our film stories. I’m so glad I watched this movie before attending the seminar, because I feel that this movie does the best job of any I’ve seen at presenting a well told story with a Christian worldview in an artistic manner. Nothing about this movie is second rate. The writing, the acting, the production. There’s nothing to separate it from any other popular 50’s movie. And yet, it’s about a preacher and it includes multiple sermons. I was excited to read that those sermons were actual excerpts from Dr. Marshall’s sermons. No wonder he was such a popular preacher. His sermons were so inspiring.

peter2

I loved the beautiful love story of Catherine and Peter Marshall. Such a sweet romance! I loved the way the move showed the struggles that Peter faced with the older church members. My favorite scene, though, that caught me totally by surprise was the prayer that Peter prayed as the chaplain of the US Senate. The contrast between then and now really hit me and made me incredibly sad at the current state of affairs.

peter

One response to “A Man Called Peter – Movie Review and Highest Recommendation

  1. I vaguely remembered watching it as a child, but bought a copy for the church library a few years ago. I did not realize just how good it was. I loved it! And, I agree on the prayer scene!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s