Candle in the Dark

DVD Release: June 30, 1998
Candle in the Dark


A film on the life and ministry of William Carey, called the father of modern missions. Carey sailed to India in 1793 with a reluctant wife and four children to bring the message of Jesus. While there he encountered so much hardship it is amazing he didn’t abandon his mission and go home. Instead he stayed for over 40 years. One issue that tormented him was sati—the burning alive of widows when their husbands died. He would not rest until this practice was stopped. Facing insurmountable odds, he plodded on to influence the abolition of sati and to become the revered “Friend of India” and “Father of Modern Missions.”

Dove Review

This movie shows how one man fought all odds to bring the word of God to India in 1793. William Carey, along with his family, left their home in England to be the first missionaries in India. Carey endured many trials and tribulations to teach his faith to the people of India. When he first arrived he didn’t even know the language. After witnessing some unsettling rituals, Carey was even more determined to bring God’s love.

William Carey was sure that God had sent him to India for a reason. Time and time again he was tested. He lost his wife, a son, and a friend. But still he continued on, striving to bring change to the country. He translated and printed the Bible into many languages so the people could better understand his teachings. He also strived to ban rituals, like sati, that brought harm to the innocent.

This is a very enlightening story about a good man of God who preached to those less fortunate than himself. We award this movie the “Faith-Based” Seal due to some content.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Many uses of God in reverence; other uses of OG/MG-5.
Violence: Man arrested; woman is tied next to her dead husband and burned alive; woman hit for beliefs but saved; man beaten to death for believing in God; discussion regarding killing babies and other family members; man's printing establishment is burned down; woman tries to stab husband and cuts his face; man's bloody face shown; man dislocates shoulder and it is put back in place with no medicine.
Drugs: Man drinks from flask; man smokes pipe.
Nudity: Shirtless men and boys.
Other: Forbidding missionary work; arguments between husband, wife, and sister-in-law; child becomes sick and dies; woman losses her mind after son's death; funeral scenes.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Writer: Tony Tew
Director: Tony Tew
Producer: Mike Pritchard
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 97 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe