Torchlighters: Samuel Morris

DVD Release: July 26, 2011
Torchlighters: Samuel Morris


Young Prince Kaboo knows his fate is sealed. Since his father can no longer meet his captors’ ransom demands, Kaboo is to be tortured until death. But a bigger plan is about to unfold! A blinding light appears and the ropes that bind him fall away. Renewed strength floods his bruised body and a heavenly voice urges him, “Run, Kaboo, run!” The dramatic events that follow lead the boy prince to take the new name “Samuel Morris.” Nothing will stop Samuel Morris from sharing his growing faith with all who will listen.

Dove Review

“The Samuel Morris Story” is an intriguing, animated biography of a young man who meets God and can’t tell enough people about his Heavenly Father. The story takes place in Liberia, Africa, in 1883. Known as Kaboo, the son of a tribal chief, he and his people are oppressed by another tribe. Kaboo is being whipped, but when he is tied up and about to be executed, a flash of light occurs and his ropes drop off. He also hears a voice telling him to run. Once safe, he winds up being invited to church and hearing the story of Saul, who met Jesus in a flash of light and heard his voice. Kaboo’s friend Afram confirms the voice and Kaboo’s freedom to the people in church. Kaboo becomes a Christian and changes his name to Samuel Morris, after the man who made it possible for the missionary, Miss Knolls, to come to Africa.

Samuel touches a lot of lives and feels called by God to travel to New York. He wants to learn from a missionary named Stephen Merrit and then return to his home to share the gospel. Samuel even ministers to the captain of the ship that takes him to New York and leads him to Christ. Once in New York, Samuel continues to be an instrument of God. His path takes a different turn than he planned, but the number of lives he helps change with the good news of the gospel is amazing.

We are pleased to award “The Samuel Morris Story” our “Faith-Friendly” 12+ Seal. Your faith will be increased after watching this inspiring movie!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: Scrawny Rat-1; Crazy Oli-1; God-forsaken ship-1.
Violence: Tribe attacks another tribe; boy is seen with stripes on his back from being whipped; it is said men are being killed by a tribe; chief talks about past battles and slaying enemies; spear thrust at tree near the chief; knife held to prince's throat; young boy is taken from his father; man is about to kill a young boy when he is miraculously freed; it's said a young man's father was killed; boy is shoved; man is punched; man is shot in the arm and blood is seen; man threatens others with gun.
Drugs: Drinking of rum; man drinks from flask; when men are sick a man says to give them more rum.
Nudity: Shirtless men; men in loin cloths.
Other: Wild animal chases boy; tribe is persecuted; boy is persecuted for his faith.


Company: Cinedigm
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 30 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter