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The Late Great Planet Earth (1979)

Events that are prophesied in the Bible are illustrated to show that civilization is headed for doomsday.


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Credited cast:
Himself - Host / Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Babetta ...
Herself - Witch
Emile Benoit ...
Himself - Economist (as Dr. Emile Benoit)
Norman Borlaug ...
Himself (as Dr. Norman Borlaug)
Tal Brooke ...
Himself - Author of 'Lord of the Air'
Beaumont Bruestle ...
False Prophet
Erin Cameron ...
Herself - Astrologer
Paul Ehrlich ...
Himself - Author of 'The Population Bomb' (as Dr. Paul Ehrlich)
Frank Ferrer
Ruth's Son
Sam Gilman
John Gribbin ...
Himself - Author of 'The Jupiter Effect' (as Dr. John Gribbin)
Robert Hackman
Peter Hamilton ...
Himself - Computer Security Expert


Events that are prophesied in the Bible are illustrated to show that civilization is headed for doomsday.

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Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matt. 24:35


Documentary | Drama


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January 1979 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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Hal Lindsey: I believe that what we're seeing in the world today is the fulfillment of these ancient prophecies written between 2,000 and 3,500 years ago. As the world staggers from one crisis to another, I believe that we're racing on a countdown to the end of history as we know it.
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Weird Christian Propaganda Piece Narrated By Orson Welles.
5 October 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Late Great Planet Earth" is narrated by the late great Orson Welles. The film is a pseudo-documentary that purports to portray the events which lead to the rapture, as described in the book of Revelations, according to the deluded minds of evangelical Christian (kooks),Hal Lindsey and CC Carlson- who wrote a book of the same name.

The film blends documentary and stock footage, with interviews and fictional (well...biblical) re-enactments. The purpose of this loony Christian propaganda piece is basically to argue that the "prophecies" contained in the book of Revelations- discussing the lead up to the rapture- were being fulfilled by world events in the late 1970s.

The collection of people who participated in this film are, to say the least, odd- from Welles, to Noble Prize winners, to Physicists- a seriously weird array of characters, which might lead you to believe the whole project was actually undertaken as a joke. Cause if they were serious?...that's pretty sad.

5 out of 10.

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