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The Seventh Sign (1988)

Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.

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Manny Jacobs ...
Avi
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Dr. Margaret Inness
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Penny Washburn
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Kids Korner Salesman
Arnold Johnson ...
Janitor
John Walcutt ...
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Hugo Stanger ...
Patricia Allison ...
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Mr. Huberty
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In Haiti, the sea and its lifeforms die; in the Middle East, a town is frozen. These are signs of the Apocalypse and the Vatican is investigating, but Father Lucci advises that these omens are a hoax or technologically explained. In California, housewife Abby Quinn is pregnant and the delivery is scheduled on February 29, a leap year. Her husband, lawyer Russell Quinn, is defending a weird case of teenager Jimmy Szaragosa, who killed his parents, saying that it was because he was following the Word of God. Meanwhile, Abby rents a garage apartment to the mysterious David Bannon. The hopeless Abby has strange nightmares and soon finds that around the world there are signs of the Apocalypse in accordance with the Book of Revelation. She learns also that David Bannon is Jesus and has returned; Father Lucci is the Pilate's porter Cartaphilus who was doomed to wander the Earth for eternity; and she is a woman who tried to help Jesus. Further, she is the Seventh Sign and the Apocalypse will ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An ancient evil has been awakened and there is nothing you can do to stop it... except pray See more »


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1 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boarder  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,768,707, 1 April 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,875,011
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At the end of dinner between Abi, Russell and David when the sparrow flies in through the open door Russell exclaims "Jesus Christ! Do you see this!??" You decide whether that was Russell blaspheming or asking David ( who is the second coming of Jesus) to look at the bird... See more »

Goofs

When Abby visits the old rabbi's apartment, the mezuzah on his doorframe is tilted the wrong way. (It should be tilted top-inward.) Avi's (the fellow across the hall) is also placed incorrectly, as it is straight up and down, and should also be tilted inward. See more »

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[while watching the news]
David Bannon: So much misery, man against man. They kill each other. They have no faith. I used to think the world would change. But it hasn't.
Abby: No, I guess it hasn't.
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Featured in Trailer Trauma 3: '80s Horror-Thon (2017) See more »

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Recorded by J.S. Roberts
From the album "Caribbean Island Music"
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Supernatural mystery with an excellent performance by Demi Moore.
25 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

The picture concerns a pregnant woman (an actually pregnant Demi Moore) living with his husband (Michael Biehn). She realizes the strange boarder (Jurgen Prochnow) at her home and the fantastic goings-on happening are united to the ¨Book of Revelation¨ and some prophecies connected to her unborn son . She gets drawn into a cobweb of mysterious events . Nowadays, she only can stop the destruction of the world like is said in ¨The commentaries of the Apocalypse of Saint John¨. Around the world emerges various signs from Biblic omens . A Vatican emissary priest (Peter Friedman)is dedicated to investigate the bizarre deeds .

It's a spiritual triller skillfully narrated with bit action but quite entertaining . Strikingly designed with little exterior scenarios , being exception the freeze village and African outdoors . This polished film provides chills , supernatural events and thrills in lively mystery . It's rich and dark though sometimes confusing . The film belongs to supernatural prophecy sub-genre (along with : ¨The omen¨, ¨The Body¨ , among others) . Good main and support cast , even Ellen DeGeneres filmed a small role, but it was cut from the film before release . Esoteric music and excessive use of synthesizer by composer Jack Nitzsche (Starman , Jewel of Nile, Razor's edge). Colorful cinematography full of shades and lights by excellent Spanish cameraman Juan Ruiz Anchia (Close range, House of game , River runs black) . The motion picture was well directed by Carl Schulz (usual television picture director) . It's one of the most unusual supernatural movie from the 80s and certainly one of the most unsettling .


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