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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,875,011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

As one of the signs, heavy hail is falling. An interior view of car shows its windscreen breaking from it. Yet when it's over, outside shots of cars show neither dents nor bruises on the bodywork. See more »

Quotes

Old Priest: It is you, Morrell. But that was seventy years ago!
Father Lucci: That was just yesterday to me.
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Recorded by J.S. Roberts
From the album "Caribbean Island Music"
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Well-made, intelligent thriller
23 July 2001 | by amireSee all my reviews

"The Seventh Sign" is an intelligent and atmospheric horror film, although "religious thriller" would probably be a more apt description. It is has many creepy moments, and what's interesting is that the fear caused by the film is God-inspired, unlike so many films in the genre. This is a movie that has a thoroughly disturbing tone, the same level of pervading dread that made "The Exorcist," "The Omen," and the underrated Roman Polanski film, "The Ninth Gate" so successful. The acting and writing are solid; there are good performances from Demi Moore and Michael Biehn. Peter Friedman is excellent as a tortured priest. If you're in the mood for a thought-provoking thriller, check out "The Seventh Sign."


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