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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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:

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Details

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, Wide Release

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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Trivia

Final film of Richard Devon. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

References The Seventh Seal (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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Entertaining slick supernatural thriller.
27 August 2008 | by hu675See all my reviews

Abby Quinn (Demi Moore) is a polite, caring, young woman. Which she's married to a hard-working lawyer (Michael Biehn) and Abby is also expecting her first child. But then an mysterious stranger by the name of David (Jurgen Prochnow) comes to rent their studio apartment. But Abby slowly realized that David isn't what he seems to be and David is actually an avenging angel bringing seven signs of the Apocalyspe to come.

Directed by Carl Schultz made an intriguing supernatural thriller with strong performances by Moore and especially Prochnow. This slick looking production has an terrific, haunting music score by Oscar-Winner:Jack Nitzsche (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Stand by Me, Starman) and great looking cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia (Glengarry Glen Ross, The Jungle Book, Spartan).

The original DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an good Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. This film was an box office disappointment in the spring of 1988. But it somewhat went on to be a Cult Classic. "The Seventh Sign" is slow-moving at times but it's occasionally eerie and unexpectedly touching as well. "The Seventh Sign" may not be the greatest supernatural thriller of all time but it's certainly better and smarter than most. Panavision. (****/*****).


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