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The Book of Life (1998)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 26 May 1999 (Belgium)
The end of the millenium has taken on a certain significance in modern day prophecies. What happens if Jesus Christ has second thoughts about the Apocalypse? It is December 31, 1999 and New... See full summary »

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Hal Hartley

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Hal Hartley (a film by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Donovan ... Jesus Christ
PJ Harvey ... Magdalena (as P.J. Harvey)
Dave Simonds ... Dave
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Satan
Miho Nikaido ... Edie
D.J. Mendel ... Lawyer
Katreen Hardt Katreen Hardt ... Receptionist
James Urbaniak ... True Believer
Anna Köhler Anna Köhler ... Hotel Clerk (as Anna Kohler)
Martin Pfefferkorn ... Martyr
Layla Alexander ... Waitress (as Olga Alexandrova)
Michael Ornstein ... Computer Wizard
Paul Albe ... Mormon Thug #1
Don Creech ... Mormon Thug #2
Joseph McKenna ... Man at Airport
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Storyline

The end of the millenium has taken on a certain significance in modern day prophecies. What happens if Jesus Christ has second thoughts about the Apocalypse? It is December 31, 1999 and New Year's Eve takes on new meaning when the Devil, Jesus Christ, and Christ's assistant Magdelina discuss and debate the end of the world, the opening of the seven seals, and the essence of being human. Written by Tracy <tjc217@is2.nyu.edu>

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A darkly comic retelling of the Apocalypse. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1999 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Az élet könyve See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color
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Jesus Christ: I had considered the truth of the gospels to be self evident, but I had no idea it would be perverted by people who claimed to preach it in my name.
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Excellent!!!!
13 November 1999 | by dmagidorSee all my reviews

This film is an absolute work of genius. It blends little bits of laugh-out-loud humor, with lots of really great satire, and commentary on the whole issue of the apocalypse and the millennium. The camera movements and tricks take a few minutes to get used to, but after that they add to the feeling that this is no ordinary, bland movie, and give a sense that what is happening is completely farfetched and fantastical, and at the same time very very real.

One of the best i've seen!!!!!!!!


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