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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
Stephen Markle ...
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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Becoming one of them is your Ticket to Heaven See more »

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9 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Bilet do nieba  »

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CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)
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[the deprogrammer knocks at the door. Eric checks him out through the side window]
Eric: It's a tall dude...
Larry: Yeah? Is it him?
Eric: [shrugs] I never met the fella.
Larry: Well if it's a cop... -they're coming in anyway, right?
Eric: If it's one of them loonies, he *aint*!
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A real "cult" film!
20 May 1999 | by (Venice Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

TICKET TO HEAVEN is dramatically effective, sociologically interesting, and thoroughly engaging. It has one of my favorite endings,which leaves the viewer with an intense sense of catharsis and relief. Great performances, especially by R.H. Thomson as the "deprogrammer"- what a classic character! This is an unsung sleeper which lends much insight into the world of cults and their effect on families-- track it down on video if you can!


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