At the scene of a bizarre murder, L.A. homicide detective Thomas Dagget discovers a lethal heavenly prophecy now being fulfilled on earth. In his fight to stop the forces of evil, he finds an unlikely ally in an elementary school teacher.

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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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Storyline

At the scene of a bizarre murder, L.A. homicide detective Thomas Dagget discovers a lethal heavenly prophecy now being fulfilled on earth. Yet in his fight to stop the forces of evil, led by the powerful angel Gabriel, Dagget finds an unlikely ally in an elementary school teacher. Together they race against time and terror to save the world as we know it.

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Dagget consults the most unlikely of sources for advice. See more »


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

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Trivia

The film was originally filmed in 1993 and released two years later in 1995. This was the Weinstein's M.O., as they would film a movie before editing them, reediting them, and finally releasing them a year or two later. See more »

Goofs

The red Ford pick-up truck has a winch on the front bumper in some scenes, in others it does not. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

The German TV version is cut for gore to attain a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Prophecy: Forsaken (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave María
Written by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Classic song from Renaissance in Spain
Sung in the first appearance of Virginia Madsen
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Cool supernatural thriller. Atmospheric and original.
19 February 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Strangely enough being an atheist I am fascinated by supernatural thrillers, especially of the apocalyptic or eschatological variety. 'The Prophecy' is one of the smartest and most effective of this small genre, helped by a first rate cast. Thomas Daggett, a priest turned cop (Elias Koteas - 'Crash', 'Exotica'), stumbles across the corpse of an angel and a Bible with an extra chapter to the Book of Revelation, which mentions a war in heaven. Soon enough he becomes involved in a fight between the angels Gabriel (Christopher Walken in one of his best roles) and Simon (an impressive Eric Stoltz) over an evil man's soul.

A fascinating, atmospheric movie packed with interesting ideas, scenes and performances. Writer/Director Gregory Widen (only previous work of note: 'The Highlander'!) really comes up with the goods in this one, which nods to both Milton and Garth Ennis while adding several original touches. Also co-stars Virginia Madsen ('Dune', 'The Hot Spot'), Amanda Plummer ('Butterfly Kiss', and Walken and Stoltz' co-star in 'Pulp Fiction'), and a small but memorable appearance by Viggo Mortensen ('The Indian Runner', 'American Yakuza') as Lucifer!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seraphim See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,510,332, 4 September 1995

Gross USA:

$16,115,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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