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Ticket to Heaven (1981)

PG | | Drama | 9 October 1981 (USA)
David is a young man seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing to mold recruits into money hustling disciples of a messiah-like leader. Chronicles ... See full summary »

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David
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Larry
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Ingrid
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Ruthie
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Linc Strunc
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Lisa
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Eric
Dixie Seatle ...
Sarah
Paul Soles ...
Morley
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Mr. Stone
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Patrick
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Karl
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Greg
Patrick Brymer ...
Dr. Dwyer
Marcia Diamond ...
Esther
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David is a young man seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing to mold recruits into money hustling disciples of a messiah-like leader. Chronicles David's chilling transformation into a gaunt, mindless shadow of his former self...and his ultimate salvation when friends and family launch a plan to kidnap and deprogram him. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Bilet do nieba  »

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CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)
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Harry: My God, it must be something they put in the food.
Eric: No, man, it's what they *don't* put in it, protein. That, and all that chantin' and jumpin' and spacin' out. After awhile, your wiring blows. Women stop gettin' their periods. Guys get cheeks as smooth as the inside o' Sarah Elizabeth Murphy's left thigh.
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The bad side of religion
29 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really do enjoy this movie despite the fact that the first 30 minutes are nothing more than expository situation settings that establish our main character and the idiotic and repetitive motions of cult fanatics. Watching people sing, chant and behave like fools with reckless abandon gets tedious. But the film really tries hard to make its point abundantly clear. However, the acting is terrific and the plot is involving. I was just an adolescent when the cult phenomena was taking place with groups like the Hare Krishnas, Moonies, EST, and other offshoots of such fanatical dogma. I believe this was a result of the rebellious 1960's and the emergence of the Human development movement. This Canadian film makes its stance completely unbiased. It makes a scathing crack against such movements that use inhumane tactics of recruitment like brainwashing, starvation, sleep deprivation and totalitarian control. I am glad these organizations were brought to the public and have been given the criticism they deserve. They are dangerous and larcenous and should be treated with sharp caution.

It's pretty creepy to know that normally intelligent, responsible and upright citizens can succumb to such pressurizing practices. But they have.


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