Saturday's Warrior is a Mormon-themed musical written by Douglas Stewart and Lex de Azevedo. The musical tells the story of a group of children that are born into a Mormon family after making various promises in the premortal life. Two of the children, Jimmy and Julie, encounter personal struggles that help them rediscover and fulfill their foreordained missions in life. Although an explicit time frame is not given in the dialogue, certain contextual clues (in particular, a song that references the Zero population growth movement) suggest that the story takes place in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The musical explores the Mormon doctrines of premortal life, foreordination, and eternal marriage. It depicts abortion and birth control as being contrary to the divine plan of salvation.
Saturday's Warrior was first performed in California in 1973 as a college project. In 1989, Bob Williams made a video version of the musical, setting it on a stage as opposed to giving the movie a more naturalistic look. It is among the first popular LDS films to not be made or sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Brigham Young University. A sequel, The White Star, debuted in 2007.
Drama, Family, Musical