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End of Days (1999)

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At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.

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Peter Hyams
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Jericho
Gabriel Byrne ... The Man
Robin Tunney ... Christine
Kevin Pollak ... Chicago
CCH Pounder ... Detective Marge Francis
Derrick O'Connor ... Thomas Aquinas
David Weisenberg ... OB-GYN
Rainer Judd ... Christine's Mother
Miriam Margolyes ... Mabel
Udo Kier ... Head Priest
Luciano Miele Luciano Miele ... Pope's Advisor
Michael O'Hagan ... Cardinal
Mark Margolis ... Pope
Jack Shearer ... Kellogg
Rod Steiger ... Father Kovak
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Storyline

On December 28th, 1999, the citizens of New York City are getting ready for the turn of the millennium. However, the Devil decides to crash the party by coming to the city, inhabiting a man's body, and searching for his chosen bride, a 20-year-old woman named Christine York. If he bears her child between 11:00 PM and midnight on New Year's Eve, the world will end, and the only hope lies within an atheist ex-cop named Jericho Cane, who no longer believes in God because of the murder of his wife and daughter. Written by Ridley Lavine

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Prepare for the end. See more »


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Rated R for intense violence and gore, a strong sex scene and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

24 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El día final See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,523,595, 28 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,889,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,989,043
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Hyams: [Spota] The name of the bar on the matchbook is Spota's. The name Spota appears as a character name in several other of Hyams' movies. Further, the address is 74 Clinton Street. Bill Clinton was president of the United States Of America (USA) at the time of this film's release. Coincidentally, Clark Kent (who is secretly Superman) also lives on Clinton Street, at #344, in most of his comic book appearances throughout the 1970's. This fact has as much bearing on the understanding of this movie as does the fact that Bill Clinton was in office in 1998. See more »

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Glock handguns do not have external hammers to pull back. In several scenes, Jericho can be heard pulling back a hammer on his pistols. See more »

Quotes

The Man: [to cardinal] For a thousand years you've waited for my return. Behold, you have failed. And with your dying breath, you will bear witness to the End of Days.
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  • Excessive sexual and violent scenes, including profanities are censored.
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Arnie vs. Satan
18 December 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

Arnold peaked at the end of the '90s, I guess. He's battled Terminators, Greek gods, bears, alligators, planes, and macho men in fish net clothing. The only choice left is, of course, Satan. So they put together a movie about Satan and gave Arnie the lead.

I think everyone working on this thought it would be much better than it actually is. The script was in development for years and Arnie fought to get it made. It's kind of unfortunate because Arnold gives a fairly decent performance in a film muddled with clichés. Of course, it's hard enough to buy a guy with a body like Arnold being a slob who drinks beer and pizza smoothees for breakfast. Getting someone like Jim Belushi might have seemed more realistic.

Apart from the physicality, Arnold's performance is fine. He cries. He does the emotion scenes well enough - at least well enough to find bearable.

It's the direction that ruins this movie. Peter Hyams is a terrible director and has ruined some very unique films in the past (his most notorious butchering in my opinion was of a 1983 Michael Douglas film called "The Star Chamber" - great premise, awful directing).

"End of Days" is like "Exorcist" meets every supernatural thriller ever made. On top of that, Gabriel Byrne should be more menacing. Robin Tunney should be less butch-looking. The direction shouldn't feel like some low-grade TV commercial - all style, no substance.

Is the movie terrible? No. It's not as bad as everyone made it out to be. But it's pretty much the definition of "mediocre." Do I own it on DVD? Hell yeah. It's an Arnold movie - it's an automatic must-buy. But if you're not a fan of Arnie, I wouldn't recommend it - at all. It pretty much feels like any average made-for-TV scary-flick - with even worse direction.

The only other good aspect of this film was that it brought Axl Rose out of seclusion to record his first original song in seven years with a new incarnation of Guns N' Roses. The song, "Oh My God," didn't do too well with the critics. A bit of a shame, really. I dug it. It also fits the industrial, edgy tone of the film.


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