The epic battle for the future of mankind is fought between an angel of light and an angel of death.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hywel Bennett ...
Gideon Harlax
Dinah Stabb ...
Gwen Meredith
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Albrecht Von Drachenfels
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Helith
Anthony Steel ...
Tristram Guise
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Asrael
Margaret Whiting ...
Laura Guise
Ian Redford ...
Jed Thaxter
Mary Ellen Ray ...
Sonia
Cornelius Garrett ...
Pastor
Siv Borg ...
Pastor's Wife
Frode Berg ...
Pastor's Son
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Hitchcock Blonde
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Library Student
Sylvia Coleridge ...
Library Scholar
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Paranormal novelist Gideon Harlax is drawn into a battle between the forces of good, represented by alien angel Helith, and the forces of evil, represented by Helith's evil brother Asrael. Ranging from Oxford to Denmark, a North Sea ferry to an alien planet, Harlax unwittingly becomes part of an ancient plot that may result in the destruction of Earth... Written by Anonymous

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According to the writer David Rudkin, the golf-ball typewriter featured in the film belonged to him, and is now in the IBM museum at Chandlersford. With that hardware, it was easy to change the type setting in a text almost as easy as with present day's software editing systems. See more »

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Library Scholar: [to Gideon Harlax] Young man! If you must fantasize, do so elsewhere!
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References Stalker (1979) See more »

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Fugue in A Flat Minor
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Written by Johannes Brahms
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A battle between good and evil for the fate of the earth
3 September 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I liked this film. It's got it all, inter-dimensional(or planetary?..you decide)travel, unrequited homosexual love, heterosexual love, journeys of self awakening, the apocalypse, great music played by weird organists with a devilish pact, oh and of course Sting as the good angel(spirit) Helith. The basic gist of the story is Helith and the evil Asrael go head to heads after Asrael wakes the Earth spirit Magog from her slumber.Magog represents the destruction of the earth. Helith and Asrael are then charged with influencing man to save or destroy the planet. Gideon Harlax, a writer of the paranormal, stumbles upon a bizarre series of coincidental deaths on a ferry from Denmark and the weirdness begins from here including being transported to another planet, dimension or future Earth..(it's never explained). Dr Albrecht Von Drachenfels is in unwillingly in league with Asrael and the fate of the Earth and mankind rests with a piece of music he must play to herald the apocalypse........yee har!! I Loved the atmosphere of dread that the film portrayed in a nod to the Danish Film industry and at times you feel really uncomfortable and bewildered which is of course how you're supposed to feel as it reflects the confusion and uncertainty that the main character is feeling. It doesn't lead you by the hand like Hollywood films do, so expect to have to think a little( oh the horror!!). Overall enjoyable for sci-fi fans who like apocalyptic themes.Give it a go for the sake of mankind!


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