Pray TV (1982 film)

Pray TV is a 1982 American Christian made-for-television drama film which aired on ABC starring John Ritter and Ned Beatty.[1] The project garnered controversy when Rev. Jerry Falwell, the prominent televangelist, undertook a public campaign in an attempt to keep the TV movie from airing.[2]

Pray TV
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Written byLane Slate
Directed byRobert Markowitz
StarringJohn Ritter
Ned Beatty
Richard Kiley
Madolyn Smith
Louise Latham
Theme music composerDennis McCarthy
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerPeter S. Greenberg
CinematographyDonald H. Birnkrant
EditorPeter Parasheles
Running time100 minutes
Production companyABC Circle Films
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseFebruary 1, 1982 (1982-02-01)


A newly ordained minister accepts a summer job with a dynamic TV evangelist only to find deep conflicts between the latter's conventional activities servicing his community's spiritual needs and his power wielded as a TV celebrity.

Calls received to phone numberEdit

The telephone number advertised by Rev. Stone received 15,000 real calls.[3]



  1. ^ Maslin, Janet (February 1, 1982). "Ned Beatty in Role of Broadcast Evangelist". The New York Times.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (February 7, 1982). "A Serious Subject Flawed by Compromise". The New York Times.
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