The Rapture (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  4 October 1991 (USA)
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A telephone operator living an empty, amoral life finds God and loses him again.



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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 <>

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

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Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vocação  »

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$1,277,401 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Director Michael Tolkin deliberately intended the closing credits to have no music. He felt that it would maintain the impact of the film's closing scene. See more »


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


[first lines]
Sharon: Please hold for the number. Operator 134. What city please? Is that a business or residence?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: David Duchovny/Rod Stewart (1995) See more »


Performed by Little Richard
Words and music by Little Richard (as Richard Penniman)
Published by Duchess Music Corporation
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc./Ace Records Ltd./Blues Interactions, Inc.
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A film that dares to go places where films rarely even enter
24 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Rapture is one of the most courageous films I have seen in a long time, one of the most daring. It's themes of religion are scary to anyone seeing it, on whichever side you are on.

Mimi Rogers in the lead role is fantastic. She goes from a sinner to a believer to a sinner back again. Since I had never heard of this film before I saw it, I did not know what to expect. It started off very bleak, with amazing dialogue, and as the film goes by it's tone changes. The film also forces us to hear it out, to witness the distressing things that this woman does, yet she is not a villain in any way. The scary thing is that there are actually people like this out there in the world. Here we go back to the focus of the film, God. Obviously a film like this will never get unanimous approval because of the religious subject matter, and because people always have different opinions. Some will agree with the lead character, some might see where she is coming from, others will completely despise her, and in terms despise the film. However, one thing is certain, the film is coming from a group of very talented people. Technically, the film is brilliant, the cinematography very focused and 'normal' at the right time and in the end it shows us another side of the film.

I do not really understand the ending, but this is a film that goes where rarely any films go, and should be seen by anyone. I am surprised I had never heard of it, and while many will disagree because of the actual focus of the film, I think it is really something great.

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