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Ticket to Heaven (1981)

PG | | Drama | 9 October 1981 (USA)
David is a young man seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing to mold recruits into money hustling disciples of a messiah-like leader. Chronicles ... See full summary »

Director:

Ralph L. Thomas

Writers:

Anne Cameron, Josh Freed (novel) | 1 more credit »
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7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Mancuso ... David
Saul Rubinek ... Larry
Meg Foster ... Ingrid
Kim Cattrall ... Ruthie
R.H. Thomson ... Linc Strunc
Jennifer Dale ... Lisa
Guy Boyd ... Eric
Dixie Seatle Dixie Seatle ... Sarah
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Morley
Harvey Atkin ... Mr. Stone
Robert Joy ... Patrick
Stephen Markle Stephen Markle ... Karl
Timothy Webber ... Greg
Patrick Brymer Patrick Brymer ... Dr. Dwyer
Marcia Diamond Marcia Diamond ... Esther
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David is a young man seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing to mold recruits into money hustling disciples of a messiah-like leader. Chronicles David's chilling transformation into a gaunt, mindless shadow of his former self...and his ultimate salvation when friends and family launch a plan to kidnap and deprogram him. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Becoming one of them is your Ticket to Heaven See more »

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Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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[after several days of sleep deprivation, intense activity, and brainwashing]
David: I can't take it anymore! I got- ah- I gotta get outta here- I can't-
[sobs]
Karl: I *told* you it would be an incredible experience!
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Referenced in At the Movies: The Beach/Snow Day/Holy Smoke (2000) See more »

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Sleeper film is quite effective
1 March 2001 | by hawktwoSee all my reviews

I tuned into this movie on Bravo one night because of Meg Foster. Ever since seeing her in a movie called "Sunshine" I've been fascinated by her eyes. They seem to sparkle.

I stayed to watch this movie because of the storyline and the acting. Nick Mancuso as David effectively transformed from a macho guy dumping a girl friend to a wimpering dependent cult member.

Saul Rubinek is wonderful as his best friend who can't quite give up on him. I felt that Linc Strunc was played as a stereotype, but that really doesn't take away from the film.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

David the Heavenly Child See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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