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Left Behind: The Movie (2000)

Left Behind (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Fantasy | Video 2 February 2001
The Biblical prophecy of Armegeddon begins when the Rapture instantly takes all believers in Christ from the Earth. A reporter left behind learns that the Anti-Christ will soon take power.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Buck Williams
... Rayford Steele
... Chloe Steele
... Bruce Barnes (as Clarence Gilyard)
... Chaim Rosenzweig
... Nicolae Carpathia
... Hattie Durham
... Jonathan Stonegal
... Joshua Cothran
Jack Langedijk ... Dirk Burton
... Ivy Gold
... Steve Plank
... Ken Ritz
Sten Eirik ... Flattop / Carl
... Gloria
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Rayford Steele is an airline pilot whose relationship with his wife has gone sour;he ponders having an affair with an attractive flight attendant, Hattie Durham. In the midst of a flight to London, a number of their passengers mysteriously disappear, and chaos takes hold as a number of vehicles on the ground and in the air are suddenly unmanned. Meanwhile, Buck Williams, a television journalist, is pondering the rash of sudden disappearances as he works on a report about Dr. Chaim Rosenzweig, an Israeli scientist who has devised a formula that would make any soil on earth easy to cultivate. However, Buck wonders if there's more to Rosenzweig than he first imagined when he discovers the doctor is in cahoots with two multi-millionaires who plan to broker the invention to promote their own agenda of international domination. Written by Anonymous

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 119,711 (Canada), 2 March 2001

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,158,780, 4 February 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,224,065
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Trivia

Lacey Chabert was considered for the role of Chloe Steele, but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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When Bruce, Chloe, and Ray are trying to convert Buck Williams, Bruce Barnes quotes from the book of Daniel, but says "Daniel 9 chapter 27" There are only 12 chapters in the book of Daniel. Bruce Barnes should have said "Daniel 9 verse 27. See more »

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Ken Ritz: A guy on the radio quoted a thing from the Bible. You know the story of the two men in the field, one man gets taken and the other's left standing there. Two women in a kitchen, one gets taken, the other's left doing the dishes.
[laughs]
Buck Williams: Yeah, but what do all the missing people have in common?
Ken Ritz: Well, all the kids are gone like the Pied Piper story, but explain the adults.
Buck Williams: So something made all children and adults, selected adults, a target.
Ken Ritz: What, you mean like easier to snatch?
Buck Williams: It could be blood ...
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The Producers wish to thank: Karll Goodman (who inadvertently vanished during editing) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Praise the Lord: Left Behind: World at War Special (2005) See more »

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Sky Falls Down
Written by Mark Lee and Third Day
Performed by Third Day
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Well, from an atheist perspective, it's just a bad movie
4 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

I picked up Left Behind for no other reason than it was in the new release section (that's Australia for you), and it looked as if it might be worth watching.

In my opinion, I wasted my money. And considering that I used a free coupon to rent it, that's saying something.

However, I must point out that I'm not objecting to the Biblical content. Viewed simply as a fictional text, there's nothing wrong with the Bible; this is a fictional movie, so I don't have a problem per se with the content (although IMHO it makes it more fantasy than science fiction).

No, the problem with Left Behind is just that the movie totally fails to excite. The plot dawdles along at a painful pace for far too long, and even I figured out the Rapture part about ten minutes into it (I didn't initially believe that they would try and use that as the REAL explanation, but I wasn't exactly shocked when they did).

The story is not internally self consistent. We're told about a world wide hunger problem, but we're never shown this (all of the cast seem well fed, for example). We're expected to believe that the population of the planet buys the idea that some mysterious form of radiation has selectively wiped out millions of people in a wide spread area with no particular pattern (they wouldn't, especially considering that some of the world's top scientists are unlikely to have been "chosen"). Basically, given the situation at the START of the movie we should see a very different society - one on the edge of survival, with martial law and even open warfare (and we don't; America looks pretty much the same as it always does in Hollywood). AFTER the rapture, it should be even worse - and yes, we see a few signs that things are breaking down, but it's still largely business as usual.

Finally, the story doesn't have an ending. Apparently there's a sequel, but that doesn't excuse the lack of a finale in this movie. To all intents and purposes, they figure out what's going on and then ... it ends. No confrontation. No pay-off. Just the main character finally realising the truth of what the viewer noticed hours ago.

I've certainly seen worse movies, of course, but if you happen to see a copy of this on the store shelves, even at weekly prices... you would do best to simply let it remain Left Behind.


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