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The Seventh Sign (1988)

In Haiti, the sea and the life-form 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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manny Jacobs ...
John Taylor ...
Jimmy Szaragosa
Dr. Margaret Inness
Penny Washburn
Kids Korner Salesman
Arnold Johnson ...
John Walcutt ...
Israeli Colonel
Hugo Stanger ...
Old Priest
Patricia Allison ...
Mr. Huberty


In Haiti, the sea and the life-form 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 hoax or technologically explained. In California, the housewife Abby Quinn is pregnant and the delivery is scheduled to February, 29 in a leap year. Her husband, the lawyer Russell Quinn, is defending a weird case of the teenager Jimmy Szaragosa that killed his parents telling that 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 she 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 that has returned; Father Lucci is the Pilate's porter Cartaphilus that was doomed to wander on Earth for the eternity; and she is a woman that tried to help Jesus. Further, she is the Seventh Sign and the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The seals have been broken. The prophecies have begun. Now only one woman can halt the end of our world. See more »


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1 April 1988 (USA)  »

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$18,875,011 (USA)

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Final film of Richard Devon. See more »


At the end the earthquake starts in the execution room of the prison. It's also seen in the hospital, at least a half hour later. Earthquakes rarely last more than a minute. However, it's not clear this was a continuous quake; the hospital quake could have been an aftershock. In addition, it *is* the end of the world; the seismic phenomena could have been something previously unknown. See more »


[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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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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Well-made, intelligent thriller
23 July 2001 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

"The Seventh Sign" is an intelligent and atmospheric horror film, although "religious thriller" would probably be a more apt description. It is has many creepy moments, and what's interesting is that the fear caused by the film is God-inspired, unlike so many films in the genre. This is a movie that has a thoroughly disturbing tone, the same level of pervading dread that made "The Exorcist," "The Omen," and the underrated Roman Polanski film, "The Ninth Gate" so successful. The acting and writing are solid; there are good performances from Demi Moore and Michael Biehn. Peter Friedman is excellent as a tortured priest. If you're in the mood for a thought-provoking thriller, check out "The Seventh Sign."

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