Torchlighters: The William Booth Story

DVD Release: July 26, 2011
Torchlighters: The William Booth Story


Introduce children to the action-packed story behind The Salvation Army. William Booth is determined to bring the life-changing Gospel to London’s most troubled neighborhood, the East End. But when the local pub owners realize some of their best customers are becoming Christians, they hire big, strong thugs to get rid of the preacher once and for all. Watch as William’s ragtag band of followers marches into the East End with Bibles and prayer as their weapons of choice. Inspiring story for children and parents alike!

Dove Review

“The William Booth Story” may surprise people because Booth had more difficulties in life than some might guess. He lived in London’s East End, a very rough part of the city. The story opens in 1861. We see people eating from garbage cans, and a lot of men drink and love to watch the fights. Booth and his wife Catherine believe that God wants him to preach to the people on the streets and, when his church won’t support this desire, they both leave to do what they believe is God’s will.

This decision leads to Booth touching a lot of lives, but also facing a lot of persecution. This animated feature shows his wallet being swiped and a man tripping him when Booth pursues the thief. Boys cut the ropes on his tent while he is holding a revival meeting. But Booth won’t quit, saying that people need love, kindness, and prayer.

Eventually people refer to his followers as the “troops” and to Booth as the “General;” the next thing you know, the “Salvation Army” has its name! Eventually thousands attend Booth’s Sunday night meetings and the “War Cry” magazine is started. This animated feature makes it clear: adversity comes to test anything worthwhile, but a movement born of God will last. We are happy to award “The William Booth Story” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve plus. You will appreciate Booth and the Salvation Army even more after watching this film.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: H (as a Biblical place)-3; lazy loon-1; O/G used in prayer a few times; "you old bat"-1.
Violence: Boxing violence in the ring; rowdies break bottles and throw bottles through windows; men fight; men show up with clubs and man is shoved and knocked down; man is hung but we don't see it and hear the sound of him dropping with the rope; man is punched for his faith and is seen with a black eye; character is hit with a rock; blood is seen on some people.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes in and out of taverns; drunken man falls down while holding a bottle; song about the little brown jug; man with a flask; man drinks up the family's rent money and is mean until he is converted; man admits to giving boy beer to drink; tavern owner doesn't want people converted.
Nudity: None
Other: Men scoff about God and man's faith but they are converted later; disagreements and tension between people.


Company: Cinedigm
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 30 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter