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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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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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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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Very Good Movie
22 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an extremely accurate account of recruitment, indoctrination and life in a coercive religious group. It also accurately portrayed the lengths some go to rescue people from this type of group, the lengths some will go to stay in the group and the difficulty some people have breaking out.

In addition to an accurate portrayal of the subject matter, the film is very well made. Although I doubt it would be considered as "art", the film moves along very well, has a good plot, good acting, great dialog and the production values are very good. I did not view this film for entertainment, but rather because of the subject matter. I was pleasantly surprised that it was outstanding as dramatic film, as well as educational.


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