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Seth Warner has reached the end of his rope. Ever since his wife died two years earlier, his world has been in turmoil. He is despondent, his career has fallen apart, even his house has been... See more »

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Seth Warner
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Rachel Luce
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Harry Luce
Shirl Bernheim ...
Sylvia Andrew
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Banker
Patrick Garner ...
Banker
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Receptionist
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Melissa Murphy
Lisa Louise Langford ...
Paramedic
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Nurse
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Rudy Warner
Scott Sowers ...
Detective Malhoney
Pat McNamara ...
Police Chief Warren
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Gordon Bloom
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Scholar
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Rabbi
Frank Girardeau ...
Frank, the Bartender
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Mr. Mann
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Mrs. Mann
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Mr. Neer
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Desk Sergeant
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Detective
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Inmate
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Marine Biologist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sara Colton ...
N.Y. Daily News Reporter (uncredited)
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Karen Warner (uncredited)

Directed by

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Daniel Taplitz

Written by

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Daniel Taplitz ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jono Abrams ... associate producer
Michael Chinich ... producer
Daniel Goldberg ... producer
Joe Medjuck ... producer
Nellie Nugiel ... co-producer
Ivan Reitman ... executive producer

Music by

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Joseph Vitarelli

Cinematography by

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Slawomir Idziak ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Michael Jablow

Editorial Department

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Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Alexander Garcia ... second assistant editor (as Alex Garcia)
William Pine ... color timer (as Bill Pine)
Elizabeth Schmidt ... first assistant editor (as Elizabeth Fulton Schmidt)
Brad Wilhite ... assistant editor (as Brad E. Wilhite)
V. Renee Taylor ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Kressel

Production Design by

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Robin Standefer

Art Direction by

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Stephen Alesch

Set Decoration by

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Kate Yatsko

Costume Design by

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John Dunn

Makeup Department

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Joseph Coscia ... key hair stylist
Allen Weisinger ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Diane Conn ... production supervisor
Nellie Nugiel ... unit production manager
Nannette Rosa-Collazo ... production manager: Puerto Rico Unit (as Nanette Rosa Collazo)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mary-Jane April ... second assistant director (as Mary Jane April)
Laura Cercone Fiorino ... second second assistant director
James McMillan ... second unit director
J. Miller Tobin ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Lawrence Amanuel ... set dresser (as Larry Amanuel)
James Bono ... assistant property master
Douglas Fecht ... set dresser
George Gartland ... construction grip
William Geiger ... key carpenter
Harvey Goldberg ... set dresser
Henry Kaplan ... set dresser
Elizabeth Linn ... stand-by scenic
Teresa Mastropierro ... scenic charge
Lauren Mattson ... art department production assistant
Jeff Mazzola ... property master
Timothy Metzger ... lead man
Tim Pierce ... art department production assistant
Danny Rovira ... construction coordinator (as Daniel Rovira)
Francesco Sciarrone ... scenic artist (as Frank Sciarrone)
Joe Taglairino ... assistant property master
Joan Weiss ... art department production assistant
Matt Young ... art department coordinator
Keven Lock ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Mariella Navarro ... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Rosalie Russino ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ginny Walsh ... property fabricator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Mark Berger ... supervising re-recording mixer
Allan Byer ... sound mixer (as Alan Byer)
Yin Cantor ... adr assistant / dialogue editing assistant
Kim B. Christensen ... sound designer (as Kim Christensen)
O.J. Connell III ... cable person (as OJ Connell III)
Patrick Dodd ... adr editor / supervising sound editor
Richard Duarte ... foley mixer
Frank E. Eulner ... sound effects editor (as Frank Eulner)
Malcolm Fife ... foley editor
Steve Fontano ... foley recordist
Scott Koué ... sound effects assistant (as Scott Koue)
Marnie Moore ... foley artist
Margie O'Malley ... foley artist
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Richard Quinn ... dialogue editor
Andrew Schmetterling ... boom operator (as Andy Schmetterling)
Lisa Anne Storer ... adr assistant (as Lisa Storer) / dialogue editing assistant (as Lisa Storer)
Jeremy Molod ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Connie Brink ... special effects
Chris Mitchell ... hurricane sequence executive producer: Atomix, Inc.

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Michael Ferriter ... CGI supervisor: Pure Light Images (as Mike Ferriter)
Joseph Grossberg ... visual effects supervisor
Perry Harovas ... tornado artist: Digital Drama
Alexander Pitt ... rotoscoping and additional composites executive producer: Walkabout Pictures (as Alex Pitt)
John S. Stewart ... miniature lighthouse: Digital Drama
Stevan Del George ... CGI supervisor and compositor: Atomix (uncredited)
Chris Ferriter ... visual effects artist: PURE LIGHT IMAGES (uncredited)

Stunts

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G.A. Aguilar ... stunt coordinator
Howard 'Stick' Baines ... stunts
Jill Brown ... stunt double
Blaise Corrigan ... stunts
Douglas Crosby ... stunts
Peter Epstein ... stunts
E.J. Evans ... stunts (as Elizabeth 'E.J.' Evans)
Eddie J. Fernandez ... stunts (as Ed Fernandez)
Carl Paoli ... stunt double: Aidan Quinn
Jay Spadaro ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Bentham ... second assistant camera
Peter Fernberger ... camera operator
James W. Finnerty ... key grip (as Jim Finnerty)
Michael Fradianni ... electrician
Carlos Omar Guerra ... first assistant camera
Lukasz Jogalla ... additional camera operator
Tom Kerwick ... best boy grip
Patrick McGrath ... dolly grip (as Pat McGrath)
James McMillan ... grip (as Jim McMillan)
Rocco Palmieri ... electrician
Scott H. Ramsey ... gaffer
Mark Schwentner ... best boy electric
Lorey Sebastian ... still photographer
Paul Steinman ... grip
Hiroo Takaoka ... camera trainee
Robert Vuolo ... electrician (as Rob Vuolo)
Michael 'Flash' McDonald ... electrician (uncredited)
Phil Oetiker ... camera operator (uncredited)
Linda Phillips ... electrician (uncredited)
William M. Weberg ... key grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Elizabeth Bernard ... casting assistant
Marcia DeBonis ... principal casting associate
Cherisse Gardner ... casting: background
Winsome Sinclair ... casting: background

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Burchard ... wardrobe supervisor
Anne Gorman ... wardrobe supervisor
Suzanne Krim ... costumer (uncredited)
Tracy Sivertsen ... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Doris Del Castillo ... location production assistant
Luis R. Estrella-Rivera ... location manager assistant: Puerto Rico (as Luis Estrella Rivera)
Jillian C. Flynn ... assistant location manager (as Jill Flynn)
Nathan Gendzier ... location manager
Dana Heffern ... location production assistant
Jule Ann Jappe ... assistant location manager (as Jule Jappe)
Greg McHale ... assistant location manager
Luz Eneida Núñez ... location manager: Puerto Rico (as Eneida Nunez)

Music Department

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Jorge Del Barrio ... orchestrator
Bradford Ellis ... music engineer
Ken Gruberman ... music preparation
Paula M. Hoppe ... music production coordinator
Bill Hughes ... music contractor
Allan K. Rosen ... music editor
Joseph Vitarelli ... score producer
Nicholas Viterelli ... music engineer
Patty von Arx ... music editor (as Patty Von Arx)
Dan Wallin ... music mixer (as Daniel Wallin) / music recordist (as Daniel Wallin)

Transportation Department

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Brian Maxwell ... transportation captain
George Nadramia Jr. ... transportation co-captain
George Nadramia Sr. ... driver
Jimmy Nugent ... driver (as James Nugent)
Dominick Riccardi ... driver
Donald Sweeney ... transportation co-captain
Daniel Young Jr. ... driver

Other crew

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Scott Ambrozy ... key set production assistant
Jenny Bresesford ... production secretary
Thomas Brunelle ... adr loop group
William Calvert ... adr loop group
Aryn Chapman ... office production assistant
Wendy Cohen ... production secretary
Janna DeLury ... craft service
Anne Disano ... assistant: John Dunn (as Anne DiSano)
Allison Emmert ... production secretary
Efrain Figueroa ... adr loop group
Leigh French ... adr loop group
Eddie Frierson ... adr loop group
Steve Ginsburg ... office production assistant
Dana Gottlieb ... office production assistant
Ryan Hintz ... post-production accountant
Marty Houston ... office production assistant
Bernadette Lee ... assistant to production coordinator
Pietro Lorino Jr. ... assistant accountant
Barbara Lucey ... production accountant
Christie Mellor ... adr loop group
Kyle O'Brien ... assistant accountant
Ronan O'Connor ... set production assistant
Julie Oppenheimer ... script supervisor
Julie Payne ... adr loop group
Linda Perkins ... set production assistant
Guy H. Rocourt II ... set production assistant (as Guy Rocourt)
Laurie Sheldon ... assistant: Mr. Chinich
Nick Sidorovich ... set production assistant
Amanda Slater ... set production assistant
Spring Sutter ... accounting assistant
Jerry Tessendorf ... executive producer: Arete
Arnold F. Turner ... adr loop group (as Arnold Turner)
Katreniah L. Washington ... assistant: Mr. Taplitz and Mr. Church (as Katreniah Washington)
Mikki Ziska ... office production assistant
Shirley Davis ... production coordinator (uncredited)
John D. Genovese ... office production assistant (uncredited)
Cybille MacDonald ... set production assistant (uncredited)
Stacy Pagac ... intern (uncredited)

Thanks

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Adam Derrick ... special thanks
Gail LeBoff ... special thanks
Nancy Lorenz ... special thanks
Einstein Moomjy ... special thanks
Carol Munder ... special thanks
Andrew Savulich ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

Seth Warner has reached the end of his rope. Ever since his wife died two years earlier, his world has been in turmoil. He is despondent, his career has fallen apart, even his house has been destroyed. There seems to be nothing left for him to live for. Confused and angry after two years of suffering, he finally directs his wrath at God from the rooftop of his apartment building in New York City. In the midst of a wild thunderstorm he demands to know why he has been betrayed by the god he has believed in and honored his whole life. God's answer is to strike down Seth's dog in a bolt of lightning. Pushed beyond his limits, Seth decides to respond to his years of torment by breaking each of the biblical Ten Commandments. While staying with his sister-in-law, Rachel, much to the chagrin of her shifty reporter husband, Harry, he systematically sets out to break each commandment one by one. A natural at breaking commandments, Harry is drawn to Seth's mission in the hopes of using it to further his career, but ultimately they clash as Seth turns the table and uses Harry to fulfill some of his missions. Things get further complicated when Rachel and Seth are romantically drawn to each other as he struggles with his crisis of faith and she struggles with a failing marriage. Inevitably, Seth comes down to the last and most important commandment, Thou shall not kill. In a climactic battle of will and redemption, Seth, Harry and Rachel cross paths with a raging hurricane at the far end of Long Island. Echoing Seth's first confrontation with God, the sky and the sea open up in this fateful encounter at the Montauk Lighthouse. Individually, each confronts forces beyond human control and more importantly, must come to an understanding of their own life choices and decisions. The resolution to the story for all characters is surprising, mystical and ultimately just. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines A comedy that breaks the rules. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Commandements (France)
  • Alles Unheil kommt von oben (Germany)
  • Clamando al cielo (Spain)
  • Commandments (Clamando al cielo) (Spain)
  • Jumalten hylkäämä (Finland)
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  • 88 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $312,438, 04 May 1997

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Goofs When Rachel talks with Seth about her being betrayed by Harry, her haircut changes - in one she has some hair on her forehead, in the next take she doesn't, and then she does again. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Breakdown/Warriors of Virtue/Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery/Truth or Consequences/Commandments (1997). See more »
Soundtracks After Dark See more »
Quotes Harry Lucia: I break 5 or 6 commandments every day before lunch.
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