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The Prophecy (1995)

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

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Gregory Widen

Writer:

Gregory Widen
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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

"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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Archangel Gabriel (Walken) has brought the second war of heaven to earth. See more »


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

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Trivia

Hawthorne's tombstone is adorned by a large upside down cross on the left side. See more »

Goofs

When Thomas is in Hawthorne's apartment, he finds a movie reel marked as police evidence. If it is evidence, it should be safeguarded in a police precinct, instead of inside the deceased's home. See more »

Quotes

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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 »

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Referenced in GhostWatcher 2 (2005) See more »

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Your Best Friend
Written by Peter Frega and Brian Hirsch
Produced by Brian Hirsch and Peter Frega
Published by King Blue (PF) (ASCAP) and Talisman West (BH) (BMI)
Performed by "Peter Bear"/E. Sandra Jones
Arranged by Brian Hirsch
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Walken Makes This Preposterous Story Fun
13 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a different kind of horror movie with bad angels as the main attraction. Actually, the main attraction is Christopher Walken in the role of "Gabriel." He's extremely entertaining with his mixture of humor and evil. He admonishes people for profanity!

Of course, the theology in this movie is so preposterous it's hilarious. In movies like this (actually almost all movies) you aren't going to get Biblically-based stories, just a lot of mumbo-jumbo passed on as such. At least in the end, the hero of the film correctly identifies the warring angel as one doing so strictly out of jealously for God. That's Bibically accurate, but the rest of the theology here is totally bogus. You just hope people aren't gullible to believe this stuff. However, a lot of people probably don't know there are such things as bad angels, so that part is true.

Theology-aside, this is a very entertaining movie. The language is tame but beware there are a couple of very gory scenes that might offend. The special- effects are good. Walken is a "trip" to watch and Virginia Madsen looks beautiful.


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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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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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