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Saved by the Light (1995)

Eric Roberts stars as a violent bully whose life is changed forever after he is struck by lightning and undergoes a bizarre near-death experience, which transforms his personality. Based on a true story.

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Lewis Teague

Writer:

John Mandel (as John M. Mandel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Dannion Brinkley
Lynette Walden ... Casey Brinkley
K Callan ... Marion (Dannion's mother)
Don Harvey ... T.M.
Ted Manson ... Brink (Dannion's father)
Don McManus ... Dr. Raymond Moody
Amber Elias Amber Elias ... Julie Weldon
Chris Nelson Norris ... Bob Weldon
Michael Flippo Michael Flippo ... Coach
Fred Mooneyham Fred Mooneyham ... Shoplifter
Dan Bright ... Gas station attendant
Allison McKay Allison McKay ... Psychic
Michelle T. Carter Michelle T. Carter ... Nursing Home Manager (as Michele Carter Freeman)
Elizabeth Alley Elizabeth Alley ... Grace Ann
Autumn Huff Autumn Huff ... Near-death survivor
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A mean, loud-mouthed town bully is talking on the phone one night during a lightning storm when, in a freak occurrence, a bolt of lightning strikes a telephone pole, travels down the phone wires and hits him. He is declared clinically dead, but miraculously recovers shortly thereafter--with a completely new personality and, he claims, the ability to communicate with the dead. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Megmentőm, a fény See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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Four Point Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Dannion Brinkley had a NDE, short for Near-Death Experience. This is a term established for the first time by doctor Raymond Moody in his 1975's book "Life After Life". In it, Moody compiled real stories about patients who by a brief time had died and later lived again. The different stories had several common points:

-To be out of the physical body.

-Float around the rooftop of the room, seeing the own body in the bedroom.

-X-rays senses, with capability to see and hear people (familiar, friends...) in the next rooms, or even long-distance senses, with capability to see and hear people far away from their own location.

-Travel by a tunnel to high speed, with a great white light at the end.

-Meet in the light parents and friends previously dead.

-See a retrospective about the own lifeline, like movie frames.

-Feel a great peace and tranquility while standing in the light.

-Feel (not see) the presence of a powerful entity look-a-like a god.

-A voice saying "It's not your time" or something similar, and return from the light.

-Have a great feeling to fall from a high altitude, returning to the physical body and finally back to life. See more »

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Startling spiritual experience based on a true story
28 March 2004 | by act2LASee all my reviews

Eric Roberts probes the depths of the psyche, as only he can, in a moving, gut-wrenching, sometimes terrifying performance. This amazing true story parallels many documented accounts of near-death experiences -- but with some shocking twists and turns. "People never change" -- you've heard it said at least a thousand times! Well, the story of this man's life certainly flies in the face of that idea. This just may be the ultimate in documented near-death experiences! In all the cases I've read, the person who has "gone to the other side" and returns to the living, no longer fears death. That's true of this individual as well -- but it leads to some unexpected trials and tribulations. Talk about an "extreme" life! In the end, this is a an emotional, gritty, profoundly meaningful, and surprisingly inspiring film.


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