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Mike Niday ...
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The story of Patty, a young woman caught up in living for the present with little concern for the future. She meets and marries a young man and her life seems great, until one moment she awakens to find her husband gone and the radio reporting millions of people have mysteriously disappeared. As dramatic, earth shaking events begin to unfold around her, Patty realizes she is living in the end times spoken of in biblical prophecy. Adventure and suspense build to a though-provoking climax in this powerfully gripping film.

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This was shown in churches. See more »

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During the chase scene towards the railway trestle the road appears one minute to have new yellow striping and the next cut having no striping. As the yellow striping don't have the old white ones underneath, the road must have been unmarked and painted during filming. The USA was converting their road markings from white to yellow during this period. See more »

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Patty Myers: It's all beyond me, I've been raised in the church, taught to do the best I can, to believe in God and hope for the best, what else is there? I mean I'm good. I don't lie, I don't cheat. I'm as good as the next person, maybe better.
Pastor Balmer: God made us for Himself, that He might enjoy us, and that we might enjoy Him, and also that we might enjoy each other. But we, well actually you, broke that relationship when you didn't choose Christ.
Patty Myers: I never made that choice.
Pastor Balmer: Have you ever chosen FOR Him?
Patty Myers: Well, ...
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I Wish We'd All Been Ready
Words and Music by Larry Norman
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Not so bad
11 December 2006 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

After I'd heard of it many years ago, I saw this movie yesterday afternoon on DVD and it proved to be a fair Sunday afternoon movie for Christians but nothing more :-). I am a new born Christian however I believe that the rapture will take place after the great tribulation (the movie teaches that it will happen before it). I don't like the way the film tries to scare the audience, I don't think that it is an effective way of preaching the gospel. But let's see the movie itself as a movie, a story,a piece of cinematography, even if it's not so easy. Yes, it was dated at the time it was made. Yes, the happy marriage pictures are greasy. Yes the plot reminds me of some low budget B-movies from the '50-s (actually, Russell S. Doughten Jr. produced The Blob too). But it's not boring at all. My presumption was that it will be very amateurish, made with a cheap cam by somebody who knows nothing about movie-making with ridiculous acting by his brethren in the local church. But this film has well done cut and cinematography. The music of the Fishmarket Five is fine, unlike the classical "suspense" themes. The escaping scenes are exciting. This is the type of movie you could be curious about, but you know that you will not enjoy it. Just like the films of Ed Wood.


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