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Image of the Beast (1980)

TV-PG | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 3 May 1981 (USA)
Third and best known entry in the Mark IV series of fundamentalist apocalypse films. Fundamentalist Christian guerrilla David helps condemned dissidents escape, attempts to subvert the ... See full summary »

Director:

Donald W. Thompson

Writers:

Donald W. Thompson (story and screenplay), Russell S. Doughten Jr. (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
William Wellman Jr. ... David Michaels
Susan Plumb Susan Plumb ... Kathy
Patty Dunning Patty Dunning ... Patty Myers
Russell S. Doughten Jr. Russell S. Doughten Jr. ... Reverend Matthew Turner (as Russell Doughten)
Wenda Shereos Wenda Shereos ... Leslie
Thom Rachford Thom Rachford ... Jerry Bradford (as Tom Rachford)
Maryann Rachford Maryann Rachford ... Diane Bradford
Sandy Christen Sandy Christen ... Sandy Stevens
David Crabtree David Crabtree
Ben Sampson Ben Sampson ... Billy
Justin Craig Justin Craig
Herb Brown Herb Brown ... (as Herbert Brown)
Ty Hardin ... The Missionary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Baxter Ray Baxter
Mike Niday Mike Niday ... Jim Wright
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Storyline

Third and best known entry in the Mark IV series of fundamentalist apocalypse films. Fundamentalist Christian guerrilla David helps condemned dissidents escape, attempts to subvert the computerized Mark of the Beast, and generally tries to survive as prophecy unfolds in the rise of the Antichrist to the pinnacle of his power and the beginning of God's war on sinful man. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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This prophetic series began with "A THIEF IN THE NIGHT," then came "A DISTANT THUNDER" ...and now the MIGHTIEST of them all... ...as the story continues

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Thief in the Night III: Image of the Beast See more »

Filming Locations:

Jefferson, Iowa, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Wenda Shereos played the same character in the previous film but with a different name (Joanne to Leslie). See more »

Quotes

Patty Myers: Sandy, I don't want to be here.
Sandy Stevens: Patty, we don't want you to be here, either! My sister just threw her life away for a God that doesn't even exist! Can't you see, Patty? Life is real! That guillotine is real! Take the Mark, Patty. Please.
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Connections

Followed by The Prodigal Planet (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Omen
(uncredited)
Written and performed by Keith Mansfield
[Background music used throughout]
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cheesy
21 July 2005 | by sippymccloyinaSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was a child and it terrified me. I still vividly recall images of the Rapture, the Mark of the Beast and the horrible fate of those Left Behind. It's the perfect movie to show your kids if you're a religious fanatic and you want your kids to start wetting the bed and crying in their sleep. It actually sowed the first seeds of my disbelief and started my move away from Christianity. If you have to resort to terrifying people in order to convert them instead of using rational discourse it doesn't say a whole lot for your belief system. This movie relies on the worst sort of emotional manipulation to convey its message. I didn't see the others in the series but since this is the best of the bunch I probably wouldn't bother with the others. I watched this movie again recently and I didn't find it terrifying at all, just really overwrought and annoying. If you like those cheesy Left Behind Books, you'll probably like this version of the Revelation fantasy. Oh, and the acting is really awful.


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