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(1995)

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In a bit of truly inspired foreshadowing, in 1993, 2 years before this films release, Christopher Walken played an eerily similar role to that of his portrayal of the Archangel Gabriel in The Prophecy. In the Madonna video for the song "Bad Girl" (from her album "Erotica"), Walken plays the Angel of Death who silently follows a woman (Madonna) as she is being destroyed by her lifestyle. Though there is no speaking part, his mannerisms and look are strikingly similar to his later depiction of Gabriel - even down to his slicked back hair, pale complexion and mostly black wardrobe.
The film was originally filmed in 1993 and released two years later in 1995 which was the Weinstein's M.O. for filming films years before editing them, reediting them and finally releasing them a year or two later.
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The film opened number one at the box office the weekend of September 1, 1995 much to everyone's surprise including the Miramax/Dimension Films and earned back its budget that weekend.
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The film was released a year after both Christopher Walken and Eric Stoltz appeared in the Academy Award Winning, Pulp Fiction as both Stoltz and Walken had completed work on that film prior to starting work on this film. The way one can tell is Stoltz's look which he sports in Quentin Tarantino's film.
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The film was followed by the sequel, The Prophecy 2 which was originally intended by the studio to be a theatrical release and ultimately went straight to video.
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Christopher Walken would appear in the first three films of The Prophecy franchise.
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