Pilgrims Progress: Journey to Heaven

DVD Release: July 1, 2008
Pilgrims Progress: Journey to Heaven


A modern adaptation of John Bunyan’s beloved classic tale. Follow Christian and his companions on the great journey from the City of Destruction to the gates of Heaven. Along the way, the pilgrims face obstacles large and small, man-made and demon-spawned. Beyond the gripping drama, Bunyan’s powerful allegory teaches us the hazards and hopes of the Christian life, and the triumphant glory that awaits all who faithfully follow the King of Kings!

Dove Review

This movie is all about good versus evil! This is a surprisingly intense story at times, including one scene in which the devil shows up to literally cast fiery darts at Christian and his shield. There are demon-like creatures in a few scenes and a mean, nasty giant. That said, the story is interesting and shows the many paths and characters which Christian meets in this piece written in 1675 by John Bunyan. Although the setting is a bit modernized, the paths and enemies which Christian and his companions meet are not. Dan Kruse does an excellent and convincing job in portraying Christian, the loyal man of God who still occasionally struggles with his faith.

This allegorical story includes characters named Obstinate, Pliable, Hopeful, Legality, Worldly Wise, Evangelist, and so forth and they are all fittingly named as their characteristics parallel their names. Christian wanders through cities named City of Destruction, Land of Vainglory, and others which also fit their names. This is an incredible journey which the audience can join! The spiritual truths which are highlighted are praiseworthy. The story effectively demonstrates that obstacles can be overcome. We gladly award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this DVD and encourage families twelve years and older, to view it together. It is probably a bit too intense for younger members of the family.

Content Description

Sex: Just a fairly mild scene which shows a temptress trying to seduce a man with a kiss.
Language: H-10 (as a location); H-hole-1; "Mouth of H" seen on a map-1; a comment about "being damned" (or lost eternally).
Violence: The devil casts fiery darts at a character; the army of Satan attacks; sword fights; monsters which breathe fire; a character is enveloped by fire a few times but is unharmed; archers shoot arrows at a character; a character slashes several enemies with a sword and they die but it is not graphic; a beast with fangs attacks a man; a large rock falls on a man although we don't see him crushed; a devil beats man but he slashes him with a sword and the sound is heard; two corpses are seen on the ground but from a distance; a demon creature pulls a man downward to the flames with a rope.
Drugs: A couple of scenes in which people are seen holding drinks.
Nudity: Mild cleavage.
Other: Characters are told they can "find a way out", referring to suicide and a noose is seen along with some poison; a skull is seen; a man almost drowns in a deep river but survives it.


Company: DRC Films, LLC
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 103 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter