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1 April 1988 (USA) See more »
The seals have been broken. The prophecies have begun. Now only one woman can halt the end of our world. See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Demi Moore ... Abby Quinn

Michael Biehn ... Russell Quinn

Jürgen Prochnow ... David Bannon

Peter Friedman ... Father Lucci
Manny Jacobs ... Avi

John Taylor ... Jimmy Szaragosa

Lee Garlington ... Dr. Margaret Inness

Akosua Busia ... Penny Washburn

Harry Basil ... Kids Korner Salesman
Arnold Johnson ... Janitor
John Walcutt ... Novitiate

Michael Laskin ... Israeli Colonel
Hugo Stanger ... Old Priest
Patricia Allison ... Administrator

Ian Buchanan ... Mr. Huberty

Glynn Edwards ... Newscaster
Robin Groth ... Newscaster
Dick Spangler ... Newscaster

Darwyn Carson ... Reporter
Harry Bartron ... Reporter
Dale Butcher ... Reporter
Dorothy Sinclair ... Reporter
Larry Eisenberg ... Reporter
Lisa Hestrin ... Nurse
Christiane Carman ... Nurse
Irene Fernicola ... Nurse
Karen Shaver ... Nurse
Kathryn Miller ... Nurse
Cornelia Whitcomb ... Nurse
Yukiko Ogawa ... Nurse
Mariko Tse ... Private Nurse

Adam Nelson ... Paramedic

David L. King ... Paramedic
Sonny Santiago ... Medical Technician
Fredric Arnold ... Surgeon
Baruch Cohon ... Cantor (as Rabbi Baruch Cohon)

Leonardo Cimino ... Head Cardinal

Richard Devon ... 2nd Cardinal
William Kramer ... Rabbi Ornstein (as Rabbi William Kramer)
Blanche Rubin ... Mrs. Ornstein

John Heard ... Reverend

Joe Mays ... Motel Clerk
Jane Frances ... Game Show Woman
Bob Herron ... Jimmy's Guard (as Robert Herron)
J.N. Roberts ... Jimmy's Guard
Hank Calia ... Jimmy's Guard

Gary Epper ... Jimmy's Guard
John Sherrod ... Jimmy's Guard

Directed by
Carl Schultz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clifford Green  (as George Kaplan)
Ellen Green  (as W.W. Wicket)

Produced by
Robert W. Cort .... producer
Ted Field .... producer
Paul R. Gurian .... executive producer
Kathleen Hallberg .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
Cinematography by
Juan Ruiz Anchía 
Film Editing by
Caroline Biggerstaff 
Casting by
Pennie DuPont 
Production Design by
Stephen Marsh 
Art Direction by
Francesca Bartoccini 
Set Decoration by
Cricket Rowland 
Costume Design by
Durinda Wood 
Makeup Department
Adam Hill .... makeup effects moldmaker/caster/body impressions
Michael Mills .... makeup department head
Greg Nelson .... special effects makeup application
Gail Rowell-Ryan .... hair stylist (as Gail Ryan)
Robert Ryan .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Pieter Jan Brugge .... unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael L. Fink .... second unit director (as Michael Fink)
Richard Graves .... first assistant director: second unit
Cynthia Riddle .... second assistant director
Chris Soldo .... first assistant director
Gabriela Vázquez .... dga trainee
Robert Yannetti .... second assistant director
Art Department
Cate Bangs .... assistant art director
Greg John Callas .... construction coordinator
Hugh Conlon .... construction general foreman
Bruce Edwin Gregory .... set dresser
Robin L. Miller .... assistant property master
Luigi Mugavero .... set dresser
Charles Nixon III .... lead man
Vic Petrotta Jr. .... property master
Tom Southwell .... conceptual artist
Sound Department
Bobbi Banks .... assistant sound editor
David Gertz .... dubbing recordist
Lisle Hebert .... sound editor
Petur Hliddal .... sound designer
Joseph Holsen .... sound editor
Michael Hoskinson .... sound editor
David J. Hudson .... re-recording mixer
Jerry Jacobson .... sound editor
Dessie Markovsky .... supervising sound editor
Charles McCann .... sound editor
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Anthony Milch .... supervising sound editor
Roger Pietschmann .... boom operator
Terry Porter .... re-recording mixer
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Emile Razpopov .... supervising sound editor
Fred Stafford .... sound editor
Earl Watson .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects coordinator (as Philip Corey)
Scott Forbes .... special effects technician
Hans Metz .... special effects supervisor
Craig Reardon .... special effects supervisor
Ray Svedin .... special effects supervisor
Chris Yagher .... special effects makeup
Kevin Yagher .... special effects makeup application
Visual Effects by
Tracy Bader .... visual animation effects
James Balsam .... visual effects photography
Eric Brevig .... special visual effects supervisor
Michael L. Fink .... visual effects supervisor
James Green .... visual effects photography
Patric Kenly .... animation camera operator
Patric Kenly .... visual effects photographer
Candace Lewis .... visual animation effects
Jeff Matakovich .... visual effects
Tim McHugh .... visual effects photography
George Muhs .... visual effects photography
Craig Newman .... visual effects production supervisor
Nina Salerno .... visual animation effects
Lorraine Salk .... assistant visual effects editor
Robert Scifo .... visual effects matte artist
Steve Socki .... visual animation effects producer
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor
Phil Adams .... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts
Jim Connors .... stunts
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts (as Bobby Cummings)
Laura Dash .... stunts
Bud Davis .... stunts (as Bud George Davis)
Mike De Luna .... stunts
Stefan Gudju .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Roy E. Harrison .... stunts (as Roy Harrison)
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Marcia Holley .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator
Rick Le Fevour .... stunts
Fred Lerner .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronald Rondell)
Michael Runyard .... stunts
Ray Saniger .... stunts
Linda Kaye .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy Ortega .... stunt coordinator: West Indies sequence (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Missy Boswell .... first assistant camera: second unit
Chris Centrella .... key grip
Henry Cline .... second assistant camera
Skip Cook .... dolly grip
David Dubois .... best boy electric
Eric Engler .... camera operator
Gregg Heschong .... camera operator
Gregg Heschong .... director of photography: second unit
Ian Kincaid .... gaffer
Michael E. Little .... extra camera assistant
George Mooradian .... camera operator
Dan Moore .... video operator (as Daniel P. Moore)
Krishna Rao .... first assistant camera
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Philip Sloan .... rigging key grip
Hugh McCallum .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria J. Auth .... costumer
Kathleen Brodbeck .... costume supervisor
Amanda Chamberlin .... costumer
Danna Edwards .... costumer
Editorial Department
Kimberley Bennett .... assistant film editor (as Kimberly Ney Bennett)
Frederika Kesten .... apprentice film editor
Location Management
Tim Healey .... location manager
Amy Ness .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Michael Hoenig .... music score producer
Pamela Neal .... score engineer
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
John Orlebeck .... transportation captain
Joseph Sullivan .... transportation captain
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
H. Hunt Burdick .... production assistant
Philip A. De Bevoise .... assistant production coordinator
Denny Dugally .... production assistant
Pam Ellington .... first assistant production accountant (as Pam Snyder)
Amy Feldman .... production assistant
John Fideler .... production assistant
Mary Cay Hollander .... production coordinator
Wes Irwin .... production assistant
Lev Mailer .... adr voice
Gail Martin-Sheridan .... production accountant
Douglas Nickel .... production assistant
Dan Perri .... title designer
Carri Sabel .... assistant: Mr. Gurian
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator
Frank Tudisco .... script supervisor
Tracy Winters .... production assistant (as Tracy Pulliam)
Julie Adams .... dialect coach (uncredited)

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Final film of Richard Devon.See more »
Continuity: After Jimmy (a.k.a. "The Last Martyr") dies, it can be seen through the windows on the inside of the prison that the morning daylight turned to darkness because the Sixth Seal was broken. But when they are wheeling Abby from the door to the prison to the ambulance, you can clearly see daylight when it is supposed to be dark out. Then on the inside of the ambulance, it is dark again.See more »
David Bannon:[Seeing the razor marks on Abby's wrists] How can one who cared so little for life give hope to the world?
Abby:I do care. I want to try.
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Movie Connections:
Features Band of the Hand (1986)See more »
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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Could have been better, 9 September 2001
Author: P Money from sacramento, ca

The first scene in the film is a super one. In the middle of a small Haitian village, through the impenetrable crowds of people, walks a man who is clearly out of place with everything else. He walks toward the sea and stops before a beach. In his hands he holds a scroll and a seal. He breaks the seal, drops it on the surf, and walks away, leaving a small boy to watch as the sea begins to boil and the fish wash up on the shore. It is clear what is happening: the first sign of the apocalypse.

Thus begins "The Seventh Sign", a supernatural thriller that only partially works, and should be better than it is. Demi Moore is a pregnant woman who begins to believe that the boarder in the apartment next door may have some bizarre, end-of-the-world plans for her baby. The boarder is the aforementioned stranger with the seal, as played menacingly by Jurgen Prochnow. The strength of this film is the sense of impending doom that pervades throughout. The film is stylish, and very effective in managing an apocalyptic tone.

The main flaw of the movie, however, is that the supporting characters are so much more interesting than the featured couple. Prochnow's boarder is very creepy, and we realize that this man means business (although his role and his motives are never really made clear). The Father Lucci character is a fascinating one, and when we hear of his true identity, we are further gripped, although at the end he is made into a routine maniacal villain, and his fate is never told.

This movie might have worked better if the Moore character were not so bland. She is put forth as a woman destined to save the world, yet she comes across as a talking head who is endlessly impressed by Prochnow's cryptic stories. She never really comes across as anything interesting. Her husband is the typical disbelieving clod who refuses to accept what his wife is saying, even when all hell is breaking loose around their ears.

Despite the flaws, I enjoyed "The Seventh Sign" and would willingly watch it again. There are several powerful moments, and other scenes that are memorable, like the opening shot. I would recommend it, but I'm not sure if I'd do so as a serious movie or as silly weekend fare.

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