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The Rapture (1991)

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A telephone operator living an empty, amoral life finds God and loses him again.

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Michael Tolkin

Writer:

Michael Tolkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mimi Rogers ... Sharon
Darwyn Carson ... Maggie
Patrick Bauchau ... Vic / Sharon's boyfriend
Marvin Elkins Marvin Elkins ... Bartender
David Duchovny ... Randy / Sharon's husband
Stéphanie Menuez Stéphanie Menuez ... Diana
Sam Vlahos ... Wayne
Rustam Branaman ... Conrad
Scott Burkholder ... Evangelist
Vince Grant ... 2nd Evangelist
Carole Davis ... Angie
Patrick Dollaghan ... Executive
James Le Gros ... Tommy (as James LeGros)
Dick Anthony Williams ... Henry
DeVaughn Nixon ... First Boy
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Storyline

This is the story of a young woman (who lives in Los Angeles) with a very boring job. At night however, she and a male partner cruise the bars as swingers. After a time, she begins to believe that a conspiracy exists and decides that she must become a born-again Christian. The movie presents an interesting view of how even the most unlikely person might become born-again. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Rapture (rap'chur) 1. ecstatic joy or delight. 2. a state of extreme sexual ecstasy. 3. the feeling of being transported to another sphere of existence. 4. the experience of being spirited away to Heaven just before the Apocalypse.

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Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sensuality, and for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vocação See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,277,401
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

Fast food joints learned long ago you don't hand the food over until after you get the money handed over first. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sharon: Please hold for the number. Operator 134. What city please? Is that a business or residence?
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WELL ENOUGH
Performed by Julie Christensen
Produced by Scott Wilk
Written by Scott Wilk and Julie Christensen
Published by The Night Rainbow Music/Rhythm Cave Music/Stone Cupid Music
Courtesy of Emerald Forest Entertainment
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"Atmospheric, imaginative, rare and sensual..."
11 December 2012 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

American screenwriter and director Michael Tolkien's feature film debut which he wrote, was screened at the 14th Toronto International Film Festival in 1991, shot on location in Los Angeles, California in USA and is an American production which was produced by producers Nancy Tenenbaum, Nick Wechsler and Karen Koch. It tells the story about Sharon, a telephone operator who lives in a free relationship with a man named Vick where swapping partners has become their only pleasure. All of the sudden Sharon begins questioning her immoral lifestyle and after meeting some evangelists who claims that the lord is about to return and that Armageddon is coming, she begins feeling empty inside. In an attempt to find something to fill her void, she decides to try an achieve salvation through joining a religious subculture.

Subtly and intimately directed by American filmmaker Michael Tolkin, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the protagonist's viewpoint draws an engaging portrayal of a woman's sudden religious awakening. While notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions, fine production design by production designer Robert Standefer, cinematography by Montenegrin cinematographer Bojan Bazelli and use of light, this character-driven and narrative-driven independent film depicts a dense study of character and contains a prominent score by American composer Thomas Newman.

This scrutinizing depiction of religious faith from the early 1990s about a free-spirited woman's limitless spiritual journey which is an at times comically exaggerated and somewhat satirical mystery drama, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development and the involving acting performance by American actress Mimi Rogers. An atmospheric, imaginative, rare and sensual thriller that goes very far in it's examination of it's theme.


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