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Ticket to Heaven (1981)

 -  Drama  -  9 October 1981 (USA)
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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 ... 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
Stephen Markle ...
Karl
Timothy Webber ...
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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Dr. Dwyer: Jesus was never meant to die. He failed.
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A taut, gripping film
2 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on the non-fiction book "Moonwebs" by Josh Freed, "Ticket to Heaven" is a gripping thriller about an unsuspecting young man who gets sucked into a "religious" cult, obviously the Unification Church (though not explicitly mentioned in the film).

There's very little time wasted with extraneous or slow scenes...hence you quickly feel the sense of foreboding as David first comes in contact with them and eventually is taken under their spell. The methods outlined in the film are truly insidious.

Great acting abounds, and most of the cast has gone on to have very successful acting careers (click on the links of the cast). An added surprise is a very young Kim Cattrall, who actually acts in this film, versus the vamping character for which she later become so well known.

There's a great laugh in the credits at the end, when they use the usual legal disclaimer that says "all events and persons in the film are fictitious". If only!


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