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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 more »

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Jesus Christ
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Magdalena (as P.J. Harvey)
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Dave
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Satan
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Edie
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Lawyer
Katreen Hardt ...
Receptionist
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True Believer
Anna Köhler ...
Hotel Clerk (as Anna Kohler)
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Martyr
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Waitress (as Olga Alexandrova)
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Computer Wizard
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Mormon Thug #1
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Mormon Thug #2
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Man at Airport
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Woman at Airport
Yo La Tengo ...
The Salvation Army Band
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgia Hubley ...
Salvation Army Band (as Yo La Tengo)
Ira Kaplan ...
Salvation Army Band (as Yo La Tengo)
James McNew ...
Salvation Army Band (as Yo La Tengo)
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Preacher on Radio (uncredited) (voice)

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Hal Hartley

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Hal Hartley ... (a film by)

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Simon Arnal ... associate producer (as Simon Arnal Szlovak)
Caroline Benjo ... producer
Jerome Brownstein ... executive producer
Thierry Cagianut ... producer
Pierre Chevalier ... producer
Chelsea Fuhrer ... associate producer
Matthew Myers ... producer
Carole Scotta ... producer

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Jim Denault

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Steve Hamilton

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Seth Anderson ... assistant editor

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Andy Biscontini

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Matthew Myers ... unit production manager

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Richard Greenberg ... first assistant director

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Gerrit Gillis ... art department

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Dave Paterson ... supervising sound editor (as David Paterson)
Jeff Pullman ... sound
Reilly Steele ... re-recording mixer

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Dmitry Beryozkin ... intern
Anne-Marie Hess ... production assistant
Susan Leber ... production coordinator
Alex Panagakis ... publicist
Harris Smith ... intern
Eric Young ... intern

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Das Buch des Lebens (Germany)
  • O Livro da Vida (Brazil)
  • Книга жизни: В ожидании Апокалипсиса... (Russia)
  • Az élet könyve (Hungary)
  • To vivlio tis zois (Greece)
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  • 63 min
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Budget $350,000 (estimated)

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Quotes [about human beings]
Satan: It's amazing the things they do. They're inventing themselves now. Artificial intelligence and cybergenetics and so on.
Jesus Christ: It's impressive, I admit.
Satan: They're cross-fertilizing pears with apples and goats with sheeps, tobacco plants with lightning bugs.
Jesus Christ: Now that's just stupid.
Satan: Well, I agree.
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