Left Behind: The Movie (2000)
"Left Behind" (original title)

PG-13  |  Video  |   |  Action, Drama, Fantasy  |  2 February 2001 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Barnes (as Clarence Gilyard)
Colin Fox ...
Chaim Rosenzweig
Daniel Pilon ...
Jonathan Stonegal
Tony De Santis ...
Joshua Cothran
Jack Langedijk ...
Dirk Burton
Ken Ritz
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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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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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Lacey Chabert was considered for the role of Chloe Steele, but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »


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 »


Nicolae: So small. So easily manipulated. Tell me, Jonathan. Who is the puppet now. Look where I am and look where you are?
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Crazy Credits

The Producers wish to thank: Karll Goodman (who inadvertently vanished during editing) See more »


Referenced in The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (2006) See more »


After All (Rayford's Song)
Written by Bob Carlisle & Randy Stonehill
Performed by Bob Carlisle
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Well, from an atheist perspective, it's just a bad movie
4 December 2002 | by (Perth, Western Australia) – See all my reviews

I picked up Left Behind for no other reason than it was in the new release section (that's Australia for you), and it looked as if it might be worth watching.

In my opinion, I wasted my money. And considering that I used a free coupon to rent it, that's saying something.

However, I must point out that I'm not objecting to the Biblical content. Viewed simply as a fictional text, there's nothing wrong with the Bible; this is a fictional movie, so I don't have a problem per se with the content (although IMHO it makes it more fantasy than science fiction).

No, the problem with Left Behind is just that the movie totally fails to excite. The plot dawdles along at a painful pace for far too long, and even I figured out the Rapture part about ten minutes into it (I didn't initially believe that they would try and use that as the REAL explanation, but I wasn't exactly shocked when they did).

The story is not internally self consistent. We're told about a world wide hunger problem, but we're never shown this (all of the cast seem well fed, for example). We're expected to believe that the population of the planet buys the idea that some mysterious form of radiation has selectively wiped out millions of people in a wide spread area with no particular pattern (they wouldn't, especially considering that some of the world's top scientists are unlikely to have been "chosen"). Basically, given the situation at the START of the movie we should see a very different society - one on the edge of survival, with martial law and even open warfare (and we don't; America looks pretty much the same as it always does in Hollywood). AFTER the rapture, it should be even worse - and yes, we see a few signs that things are breaking down, but it's still largely business as usual.

Finally, the story doesn't have an ending. Apparently there's a sequel, but that doesn't excuse the lack of a finale in this movie. To all intents and purposes, they figure out what's going on and then ... it ends. No confrontation. No pay-off. Just the main character finally realising the truth of what the viewer noticed hours ago.

I've certainly seen worse movies, of course, but if you happen to see a copy of this on the store shelves, even at weekly prices... you would do best to simply let it remain Left Behind.

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