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Hatemongers (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 2000 (USA)
Filmmaker Steve Drain ventured out to Topeka to interview the family running the Westboro Baptist Church, who the majority of America has come to call hatemongers.


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Credited cast:
Fred Phelps ... Himself (as The Reverend Fred W. Phelps Sr.)
Steve Drain ... Himself
Margie Phelps Margie Phelps ... Herself
Shirley Phelps-Roper ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris R. Davis Chris R. Davis ... Himself
Theresa Davis Theresa Davis ... Herself
Billy Graham ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Hockenbarger Charles Hockenbarger ... Himself
Deborah Kay Hockenbarger Deborah Kay Hockenbarger ... Herself
James Hockenbarger James Hockenbarger ... Himself
Jennifer Hockenbarger Jennifer Hockenbarger ... Herself
Karl Hockenbarger Karl Hockenbarger ... Himself
Katherine Hockenbarger Katherine Hockenbarger ... Herself
Mary Hockenbarger Mary Hockenbarger ... Herself
John Kennedy Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)


Documentary tracking the exploits of aging Calvinist preacher Fred Phelps, a convicted felon who leads his cult (primarily composed of his wife, nine of their children, and his fifty-two grandchildren) on their "love crusades" across America, which include calling for gays to be killed, praising terrorist attacks, mocking mourners at the funerals of AIDS patients and murder victims, and literally dancing and spitting on the graves of his enemies. Written by Jojo Mac

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Finally... the compelling, in-depth documentary film that chronicles the activities of the most hated religious group in America! as portrayed in the recent HBO film "The Laramie Project" See more »




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2000 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


Steve Drain's second - and final - movie; his time, efforts, and income are now dedicated solely to Fred Phelps's "love crusades". See more »


Fred Phelps: No intelligent, patriotic American will fly the flag any way but upside down. Bunch of heathens that are making an incestuous, idolatrous orgy of so called phony patriotism. Needs to be denounced. Needs to be squarely and roundly denounced from the scriptures as a great sin. God hates America: have a nice day!
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Alternate Versions

The re-release "Hatemongers" includes new footage of Fred Phelps and his congregates mocking World Trade Center survivors and victims' families during rescue efforts and memorial services. See more »


Referenced in The Most Hated Family in America (2007) See more »

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