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The Prophecy (1995)

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The angel Gabriel comes to Earth to collect a soul which will end the stalemated war in Heaven, and only a former priest and a little girl can stop him.

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Gregory Widen

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Gregory Widen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Gabriel
Elias Koteas ... Thomas Dagget
Virginia Madsen ... Katherine
Eric Stoltz ... Simon
Viggo Mortensen ... Lucifer
Amanda Plummer ... Rachael
Moriah 'Shining Dove' Snyder ... Mary (as Moriah Shining Dove Snyder)
Adam Goldberg ... Jerry
Steve Hytner ... Joseph
J.C. Quinn ... Burrows
Emma Shenah Emma Shenah ... Grandmother
Albert Nelson Albert Nelson ... Grey Horse
Shawn Nelson Shawn Nelson ... Indian Healer
Emily Conforto Emily Conforto ... Sandra
Sioux-z Jessup Sioux-z Jessup ... Nurse
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"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. Written by J. Spurlin

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This film outlines the exercise of faith in a real struggle for the ultimate and most glorious of heavenly prizes. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seraphim See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,115,878
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Ultra Stereo

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Walken would appear in the first three films of The Prophecy franchise. See more »

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When Gabriel opens the freezer door at the morgue, a crew member's movement is reflected in the shiny part of the handle. See more »

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[first lines]
Simon: I remember the First War, the way the sky burned, the faces of angels destroyed. I saw a third of Heaven's legion banished and the creation of Hell. I stood with my brothers and watched Lucifer Fall. But now my brothers are not brothers, and we have come here where we are mortal to steal the Dark Soul, not yet Lucifer's, to serve our cause. I have always obeyed, but I never thought the War would happen again.
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The German TV version is cut for gore to attain a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

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Surf N' Turf
Written and Performed by Dennis Michael Tenney (BMI)
Published by Psycho Babel Music (BMI)
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Interesting concept for a movie, but undermined by unnecessary elements
14 September 2000 | by BlackMonkSee all my reviews

A movie with an interesting concept--a second angelic war in heaven, brought down to earth--but bogged down with unnecessary elements. First, the idea that the offending angels needed a particularly dark human soul in order to win their war--and, further, that this soul turn out to be an unknown Korean War veteran living in a tiny western town--is ludicrous. The movie would have been better served had the "soul searching" been replaced with a more unique gimmick. Second, the film would also have benefited with the absence of the Indian "exorcists," who did nothing but shake feathers, chant mantras, and talk in that slow-paced, no-contraction English that Hollywood always has Native American actors speak in. And the "possessed" girl was totally unconvincing.

The angel characters were all excellent. But Lucifer could have done without his diminutive, hooded, white-faced imp-assistant, who, apparently offended his boss in some fashion at one point, and became the object of a short but ferocious growl. It gave Lucifer a chance to flex, but hey, why cart along a trouble-making imp? But apart from little Baron von Imp, ole Lucifer really helped this movie. At one point he informs the main character, a priest turned cop, that he, Lucifer, really WAS under his bed sometimes! And Walken was excellent as a bad angel.

But the ending, oh, the ending--not good! A regular god-in-the-machine cop-out. Watch the movie and count all the missed opportunities for good horror.


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