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Marjoe (1972)


By Adam Thomas

Thursday December 14, 2006

Directed by Sarah Kernochan & Howard Smith

In 1948, at four-years-old, Marjoe (Mary + Joseph) was the youngest ordained evangelical minister ever. His parents rented him out, racked up millions, and he never saw a penny. Here, years later, he organises a film crew and exposes all the dark little secrets behind the art of drawing money from the blood of Jesus. But preaching is the only thing he knows, and so even when he dumps bags of money out on a hotel bed, you feel for him. Because even though he knows it’s all an act, you know there’s only room enough for one on that cross. This won the Oscar for best documentary.