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The Seventh Sign (1988)

Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.

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Carl Schultz

Writers:

Clifford Green (as George Kaplan), Ellen Green (as W.W. Wicket)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demi Moore ... Abby Quinn
Michael Biehn ... Russell Quinn
Jürgen Prochnow ... David Bannon
Peter Friedman ... Father Lucci
Manny Jacobs Manny Jacobs ... Avi
John Taylor ... Jimmy Szaragosa
Lee Garlington ... Dr. Margaret Inness
Akosua Busia ... Penny Washburn
Harry Basil ... Kids Korner Salesman
Arnold Johnson Arnold Johnson ... Janitor
John Walcutt ... Novitiate
Michael Laskin ... Israeli Colonel
Hugo Stanger Hugo Stanger ... Old Priest
Patricia Allison Patricia Allison ... Administrator
Ian Buchanan ... Mr. Huberty
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In Haiti, the sea and its lifeforms die; in the Middle East, a town is frozen. These are signs of the Apocalypse and the Vatican is investigating, but Father Lucci advises that these omens are a hoax or technologically explained. In California, housewife Abby Quinn is pregnant and the delivery is scheduled on February 29, a leap year. Her husband, lawyer Russell Quinn, is defending a weird case of teenager Jimmy Szaragosa, who killed his parents, saying that it was because he was following the Word of God. Meanwhile, Abby rents a garage apartment to the mysterious David Bannon. The hopeless Abby has strange nightmares and soon finds that around the world there are signs of the Apocalypse in accordance with the Book of Revelation. She learns also that David Bannon is Jesus and has returned; Father Lucci is the Pilate's porter Cartaphilus who was doomed to wander the Earth for eternity; and she is a woman who tried to help Jesus. Further, she is the Seventh Sign and the Apocalypse will ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The seals have been broken. The prophecies have begun. Now only one woman can halt the end of our world. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

1 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boarder See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominica See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,768,707, 1 April 1988

Gross USA:

$18,875,011
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Final film of Richard Devon. See more »

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After Jimmy (a.k.a. "The Last Martyr") dies, it can be seen through the windows on the inside of the prison that the morning daylight turned to darkness because the Sixth Seal was broken. But when they are wheeling Abby from the door to the prison to the ambulance, you can clearly see daylight when it is supposed to be dark out. Then on the inside of the ambulance, it is dark again. See more »

Quotes

[while watching the news]
David Bannon: So much misery, man against man. They kill each other. They have no faith. I used to think the world would change. But it hasn't.
Abby: No, I guess it hasn't.
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References Day for Night (1973) See more »

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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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Do not Pay Attention to the Flaws and You Will Enjoy the Film
17 December 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Haiti, the sea and the life-form die; in the Middle East, a town is frozen. These are signs of the Apocalypse and the Vatican is investigating, but Father Lucci (Peter Friedman) advises that these omens are hoax or technologically explained. In California, the housewife Abby Quinn (Demi Moore) is pregnant and the delivery is scheduled to February, 29 in a leap year. Her husband, the lawyer Russell Quinn (Michael Biehn), is defending a weird case of the teenager Jimmy Szaragosa (John Taylor) that killed his parents telling that he was following the Word of God. Meanwhile Abby rents a garage apartment to the mysterious David Bannon (Jürgen Prochnow). The hopeless Abby has strange nightmares and soon she finds that around the world there are signs of the Apocalypse in accordance with the Book of Revelation. She learns also that David Bannon is Jesus that has returned; Father Lucci is the Pilate's porter Cartaphilus that was doomed to wander on Earth for the eternity; and she is a woman that tried to help Jesus. Further, she is the Seventh Sign and the Apocalypse will happen when her baby is stillborn. What can she do to save her unborn son and mankind?

"The Seventh Sign" is an original film about Apocalypse, with a complex story. There are flaws that should have been explained, such as Abby let a stranger in her house when she was alone, but it seems that she has already discussed with him the rental. Invinting him for dinner is part of etiquette and politeness with the tenant. Curiosity killed the cat and explains her behavior snooping around his apartment. There are many other criticism to this film, but if the viewer do not pay attention to the flaws, he or she will find an enjoyable supernatural movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Sétima Profecia" ("The Seventh Prophecy")


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