Pilgrims Progress (1979)

DVD Release: April 25, 2006
Pilgrims Progress (1979)


Journey with Pilgrim as John Bunyan’s famous allegory leaps from its pages to a movie. You’ll experience the Slough of Despond, Hill of Difficulty, Vanity Fair, Meet Pliable, Mr. Obstinate, Worldly Wiseman, Evangelist, Mr. Interpreter, and Pilgrim’s constant foe, Apollyon. Follow Pilgrim to the cross, and ultimately to the Celestial City. This film features a powerful visualization of the Christian life.

Dove Review

This faith-friendly film is a loyal presentation of John Bunyan’s famous novel. It features a lot of symbolism and characters with names such as Pilgrim, Faithful, Pliable, and Evangelist. In a neat contrast to Pliable, one character is named Obstinate. This is a remarkable story of one’s spiritual journey through life and the pitfalls and slippery places which can trip up a dedicated Christian. Temptation is never far away and evil does not quit easily in its quest for souls.

The film is narrated by George Beverly Shea, the famous Billy Graham Evangelistic Association singer. Also featured is a young Liam Neeson as Evangelist and we see him play Christ on the cross. The film opens with a repeated quotation of Romans 6:23 about the wages of sin paying death, and the movie is about the decisions one makes along with the consequences, both good and bad.

We are pleased to award this loyal treatment of John Bunyan’s novel our Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages twelve and above.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: A character is struck by a fire ball thrown by an evil character; Christ is depicted on the cross with thorns on his head and nails in hands and feet and some blood seen; man seen with bloody stripes on body; a man is set on fire for his faith and we see the fire begin to consume him and his flesh starting to turn dark before it cuts away; fiery darts are shot at a man who holds the Shield of Faith until they burn out.
Drugs: Drinking and carousing by some people at a gathering.
Nudity: Shirtless man; Christ seen on cloth in a loin cloth; mild cleavage.
Other: The children of darkness in the film scoff at Pilgrim; the death of a loyal Christian; mockery of some people against Christians and they toss a Bible around; some ghoulish looking demonic characters who plan to trip up Christian and Faithful.


Company: VCI Entertainment
Writer: Ken Anderson
Director: Ken Anderson
Producer: Jimmy Murphy
Genre: Religion
Runtime: 72 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter