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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 »


Donald W. Thompson


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




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


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


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


Kathy: But I went to church, I even taught Sunday school.
Leslie: I know. I worked with handicapped kids. And all that's alright, but when we say 'I', 'I did this' and 'I did that' like I did. It proves we left out the only thing that really matters.
Kathy: What's that?
David Michaels: Jesus Christ.
Leslie: That's right. You and I and millions of others like us tried to work our way to Heaven our way.
David Michaels: Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth and the Life, and no man cometh to the Father, but by Me."
Leslie: The Bible says it's a gift.
Kathy: What's a ...
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Follows A Thief in the Night (1972) See more »


Written and performed by Keith Mansfield
[Music used in grocery store scene]
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Okay But Boring
24 February 2007 | by urbanprincess89See all my reviews

Back in 2005 we watched in church youth group. It was pretty tense at first and all, but was really draggy throughout the rest of the movie. And that made people go in and out of the room during the movie. I think that there should have been a little more action, just like the first two. I guess it really got draggy because Patty was not in it. Image Of The Beast is the most boring Christian movie, I hate to say. They are pretty accurate with all the Biblical stuff, but it was missing the "it" factor. The only thing that was interesting and understandable was faking the mark. I would have done that too if I were them.

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3 May 1981 (USA) See more »

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

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Jefferson, Iowa, USA See more »

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