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Left Behind: The Movie (2000)

Left Behind (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Fantasy | 2 February 2001 (USA)
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.

Director:

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 Colin Fox ... Chaim Rosenzweig
Gordon Currie ... Nicolae Carpathia
Chelsea Noble ... Hattie Durham
Daniel Pilon ... Jonathan Stonegal
Tony De Santis ... Joshua Cothran
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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The Future Is Clear. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Some the passengers on the opening flight scenes who appear (and disappear) are John Hagee (in a Hawaiian shirt), Jack and Rexella Van Impe, popular dispensationalist televangelists. See more »

Goofs

After the anti-Christ shoots the two men at the UN, he begins to give a speech. In the background, one of the "dead" men can be seen blinking his eyes. See more »

Quotes

Nicolae: So small. So easily manipulated. Tell me, Jonathan. Who is the puppet now. Look where I am and look where you are?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Omen (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Been Unloved (Bruce's Song)
Written by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Michael W. Smith
Performed by Michael W. Smith
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Fire the screenplay writers
24 April 2005 | by rpzowieSee all my reviews

I'm a Christian who generally believes in the theology taught in Left Behind. That being said, I think Left Behind is one of the worst films I've seen in some time.

To have a good movie, you need to have a well-written screenplay. Left Behind fell woefully short on this. For one thing, it radically deviates from the book. Sometimes this is done to condense a 400-page novel down to a two-hour film, but in this film I saw changes that made no sense whatsoever.

Another thing, there is zero character development. When characters in the story get saved (I won't say who), the book makes it clear that it's a long, soul-searching process. In the film it's quick and artificial. The book is written decently enough where people like Rayford Steele, Buck Williams and Hattie Durham seem real, but in the movie scenarios are consistently given the quick treatment without anything substantial. In another scene where one character gets angry about being left behind (again, I won't say who), it seems artificial.

I realize as a Christian it's unedifying for me to say I disliked this film, but I can't in a good conscience recommend a film that I feel was horribly done. Perhaps it would've been better to make the first book into 2-3 films. Either way, Christians need to realize that to be taken seriously as filmmakers, we need to start by putting together a film in a quality way. I realize a lot of effort probably went into Left Behind, but that's the way I see it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,158,780, 4 February 2001

Gross USA:

$4,224,065

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,224,065
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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