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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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Vic Sarin

Writers:

Alan B. McElroy (as Alan McElroy), Paul Lalonde | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Cameron ... Buck Williams
Brad Johnson ... Rayford Steele
Janaya Stephens ... Chloe Steele
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Bruce Barnes (as Clarence Gilyard)
Colin Fox ... Chaim Rosenzweig
Gordon Currie ... Nicolae Carpathia
Chelsea Noble ... Hattie Durham
Daniel Pilon ... Jonathan Stonegal
Tony De Santis ... Joshua Cothran
Jack Langedijk Jack Langedijk ... Dirk Burton
Krista Bridges ... Ivy Gold
Thomas Hauff ... Steve Plank
Neil Crone ... Ken Ritz
Sten Eirik Sten Eirik ... Flattop / Carl
Raven Dauda ... Gloria
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Storyline

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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From The Runaway Best Selling Novel See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Left Behind: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When Buck is checking Dirk's e-mail from Alan, look closely when it shows the flashing e-mail. It reads that the e-mail was sent May 23 2000, and this scene takes place after the rapture. See more »

Quotes

Buck Williams: I don't have all the answers, but for now faith is enough.
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Crazy Credits

The Producers wish to thank: Karll Goodman (who inadvertently vanished during editing) See more »


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Can't Wait for You to Return
Written and Performed by Fred Hammond
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a Disappointment, considering the book series
26 May 2004 | by vwolakSee all my reviews

Great concept, fantastic book series, the movie could have been a LOT better.

Now, I realize that when a movie attempts to capture the essence of a book, there have to be some sacrifices as far as details. I have read the book several times, and the movie somehow does not capture much of what the book conveys. Maybe it is time constraints that come with making a movie within, say, 90 minutes to 2 hours. But this movie seems rushed somehow. It did not let certain plotlines develop. In the book, Rayford only lusted after the stewardess, where in the movie, it seemed like it went a bit beyond that. Also, early in the movie, it seemed that Buck Williams already had a relationship with the Steele Family before the Rapture where it did not germinate until towards the end of the Left Behind book.

Maybe it was because of the low budget and time constraints. I remember when Kirk Cameron was fired up about doing the movie after reading the book. The funny thing is that this movie was produced without paying any attention to the details that made this book such a best seller. The basic idea behind the novel held true to the movie, but many key elements in the book were ignored.

My advice: Read the novel series, see the movie if you must for comparison's sake, not as a viable substitute to the novel.


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