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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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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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An ancient evil has been awakened and there is nothing you can do to stop it... except pray See more »


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$3,768,707, 1 April 1988, Wide Release

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$18,875,011
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Ellen DeGeneres filmed a small role, but it was cut from the film before release. The cut scene was shown on Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) on May 23, 2007. Had it not been cut, it would have been her first film role. See more »

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Israeli Defense Force armored vehicles and trucks are not marked with a solid blue Star-of-David, as portrayed at the beginning of the movie; this shape is the emblem of the Israeli Air Force. Furthermore, IDF ambulances are marked with a red Star-of-David rather than a Red Cross, as depicted at the same scene. See more »

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Old Priest: It is you, Morrell. But that was seventy years ago!
Father Lucci: That was just yesterday to me.
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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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The world is ending.......all over the place though
12 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Another one of those apocalyptic end of the world movies with symbolic signs from the bible. While this has what is an interesting plot, it is done in a way that leaves a lot of holes - the main one being is why Demi Moore's character of Abby is chosen to be one of the signs in what could be the end of the world.

Moore gives a decent performance in this but it isn't enough to really make this film remarkable or very engaging, perhaps because the suspense is a bit lacking, though the visual effects were pretty good and the scenes of destruction really created that mood of a world coming down on itself. However, the plot sort of goes into territory that makes it seem a bit too surreal for its own benefit and not enough backstory is really given into the biblical references in my opinion to make it really connect strongly enough to it.

I think the film forgets that sometimes more quiet scenes or a lead up to the climax is often where you pull the punches emotionally with a film and I could sort of see the ending coming in a way with how it turned out. But the message of the film - if they are trying to give one didn't sink in as strongly as it could have - perhaps because it relies on the frailty and flaws of humanity - it isn't properly explored as it could have been.


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