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The Rapture (1991)

A telephone operator living an empty, amoral life finds God and loses him again.

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Director: Marlon Riggs
Stars: Marlon Riggs, Michael Bell, Kerrigan Black
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Sharon
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Maggie
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Vic
Marvin Elkins ...
Bartender
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Randy
Stéphanie Menuez ...
Diana
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Wayne
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Conrad
Scott Burkholder ...
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2nd Evangelist
Carole Davis ...
Angie
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Tommy (as James LeGros)
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Henry
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First Boy
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This is the story of a young woman (who lives in Los Angeles) with a very boring job. At night however, she and a male partner cruise the bars as swingers. After a time, she begins to believe that a conspiracy exists and decides that she must become a born-again Christian. The movie presents an interesting view of how even the most unlikely person might become born-again. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Rapture (rap'chur) 1. ecstatic joy or delight. 2. a state of extreme sexual ecstasy. 3. the feeling of being transported to another sphere of existence. 4. the experience of being spirited away to Heaven just before the Apocalypse.

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Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for strong sensuality, and for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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4 October 1991 (USA)  »

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A Vocação  »

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$1,277,401 (USA)
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Tolkin wanted Sharon's apartment to be barren of decoration because it would symbolize the emptiness in her life. See more »

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Fast food joints learned long ago you don't hand the food over until after you get the money handed over first. See more »

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[first lines]
Sharon: Please hold for the number. Operator 134. What city please? Is that a business or residence?
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1991 (1992) See more »

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AGUAS DE MARCO
Performed by Elis Regina
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Published by Corcovado Music Corp.
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products
A division of Polygram Group Distribution, Inc.
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Complicated and uncompromising -- possibly Mimi Rogers' finest performance.
24 June 2000 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A haunting movie -- one that lingers in the mind (and the heart) for a long time afterwards. Mimi Rogers turns in a stunning performance as a woman trapped in a cycle of dull work and duller play, whose life is transformed twice -- first by a religious conversion, and then by coming face to face with the literal meaning of that conversion. She is incandescent in her belief, and in the movie's final scenes, takes on the epic proportions of a Job or King Lear. You may be puzzled, conflicted, or even offended by what the movie "means," but you won't be able to walk away from it untouched.


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