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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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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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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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In a bit of truly inspired foreshadowing, in 1993, two years before this film's release, Christopher Walken played an eerily similar role to that of his portrayal of the Archangel Gabriel in The Prophecy. In the Madonna video for the song "Bad Girl" (from her album "Erotica"), Walken plays the Angel of Death who silently follows a woman (Madonna) as she is being destroyed by her lifestyle. Though there is no speaking part, his mannerisms and look are strikingly similar to his later depiction of Gabriel - even down to his slicked back hair, pale complexion and mostly black wardrobe. See more »

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There's no wrench in the front of the truck in one scene, but it appears in the next. 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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Soundtracks

Gloria Laus
(Gregorian Chant)
Performed by The Choir Of Monks Of Saint-Benoit Du Lac
Conducted by Dom Andre Saint-Cyr
Courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
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Beaten Up By an Angel! ;=8)
21 September 1999 | by MooCowMoSee all my reviews

Clunky but effective cult thriller about a lost chapter in the Book of Revelations which describes a second war in heaven, in which the arch angle Gabriel (Walken) gets cast out. Gabriel & his minons hate humans because of God's "special treatment" for humanity, and decides to hatch a sinister, and somewhat bizzare, plot to regain his place. The plot twists are uneven, but an interesting story lies at the core. Walken is wonderful as the anti-hero Gabriel, and Viggio Mortensen is a total hoot as Satan, Gabriel's rival. Eric Stoltz's character is underdeveloped, as is the relationship between Elias Koteas and Virginia Madsen. Director Widen gives his angels a refreshing cyberpunk/goth feel, rather like Tim Broadstreet's Vampire drawings - it is effectively disturbing to watch angels dressed like they belong to the Shotgun Mafia, instead of white sheets and feathered wings, but some will be put off by the contrast. This moovie spawned a less-effective sequel, and rumor has it a third one is in the making! You can tell Christopher Walken had a blast with this character, and that alone keeps the moovie interesting and effective. MooCow says if ya don't mind the silly bits, go for it! :


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