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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Video: The Thorn (Complete) With Bette Midler

Bette Midler in The Divine Mr. J

The Thorn is a comic, religious satire movie released on May 24, 1974, as The Divine Mr. J. It was first shown as The Greatest Story Overtold at the Detroit Institute of Art in 1971. It was released on video in the early 1980s as The Thorn. It was written, directed and produced by Peter Alexander. Its release was legally challenged on grounds that its title and advertising deceptively exploited the fame of its co-star, Bette Midler.

Originally conceived as The Greatest Story Overtold, an irreverent spoof of the 1965 movie The Greatest Story Ever Told, the film was influenced by the increase in popularity and profitability of Christian evangelismPeter McWilliams wrote, produced, directed and edited the film under the pseudonym, Peter Alexander. He went on to write a broad range of mostly self-published, popular books.  It was filmed mostly in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan from 1970 to 1971. Read More

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