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Left Behind: The Movie (2000)

Left Behind (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Fantasy | Video 2 February 2001
The Biblical prophecy of Armegeddon begins when the Rapture instantly takes all believers in Christ from the Earth. A reporter left behind learns that the Anti-Christ will soon take power.

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Bruce Barnes (as Clarence Gilyard)
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Rayford Steele is an airline pilot whose relationship with his wife has gone sour;he ponders having an affair with an attractive flight attendant, Hattie Durham. In the midst of a flight to London, a number of their passengers mysteriously disappear, and chaos takes hold as a number of vehicles on the ground and in the air are suddenly unmanned. Meanwhile, Buck Williams, a television journalist, is pondering the rash of sudden disappearances as he works on a report about Dr. Chaim Rosenzweig, an Israeli scientist who has devised a formula that would make any soil on earth easy to cultivate. However, Buck wonders if there's more to Rosenzweig than he first imagined when he discovers the doctor is in cahoots with two multi-millionaires who plan to broker the invention to promote their own agenda of international domination. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,158,780 (USA) (2 February 2001)

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$4,221,341 (USA) (20 April 2001)
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Trivia

According to the "Making of..." documentary, Chelsea Noble (Hattie), who is married to Kirk Cameron (Buck), was reading the book in bed. Kirk was asleep, but Chelsea was so excited about the idea of turning this into a movie, she started slapping Kirk on the leg to wake him up, and said, "I want to play the role of Hattie!" Kirk and Chelsea then started farming out the idea to find out who might produce the film. See more »

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Buck was supposedly able to make it between Chicago and New York in a Cessna 172 with Ken Ritz in a short amount of time. A flight in this aircraft, even with a 10 knot tailwind, would take over 7 hours with at least one stop to refuel. See more »

Quotes

Buck Williams: Ivy, see if you can get Dirk Burton on the phone.
Ivy Gold: What, do you need another story from Area 51?
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The Producers wish to thank: Karll Goodman (who inadvertently vanished during editing) See more »

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Never Been Unloved (Bruce's Song)
Written by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Michael W. Smith
Performed by Michael W. Smith
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Fire the screenplay writers
24 April 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I'm a Christian who generally believes in the theology taught in Left Behind. That being said, I think Left Behind is one of the worst films I've seen in some time.

To have a good movie, you need to have a well-written screenplay. Left Behind fell woefully short on this. For one thing, it radically deviates from the book. Sometimes this is done to condense a 400-page novel down to a two-hour film, but in this film I saw changes that made no sense whatsoever.

Another thing, there is zero character development. When characters in the story get saved (I won't say who), the book makes it clear that it's a long, soul-searching process. In the film it's quick and artificial. The book is written decently enough where people like Rayford Steele, Buck Williams and Hattie Durham seem real, but in the movie scenarios are consistently given the quick treatment without anything substantial. In another scene where one character gets angry about being left behind (again, I won't say who), it seems artificial.

I realize as a Christian it's unedifying for me to say I disliked this film, but I can't in a good conscience recommend a film that I feel was horribly done. Perhaps it would've been better to make the first book into 2-3 films. Either way, Christians need to realize that to be taken seriously as filmmakers, we need to start by putting together a film in a quality way. I realize a lot of effort probably went into Left Behind, but that's the way I see it.


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