Left Behind: The Movie

Left Behind: The Movie

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Director: Vic Sarin, Victor Sarin

Cast: Kirk Cameron, Brad Johnson

     
 

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Fans of the apocalypse-themed novel on which this film is based will be fairly pleased with its treatment on DVD. The full-frame picture is sharp and clear, although decidedly unspectacular. The sound is decent. Even though it's in Dolby 2.0, there are a few scenes that offer some excellent sound usage. There are also extras, the most notable being a comprehensive… See more details below

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Fans of the apocalypse-themed novel on which this film is based will be fairly pleased with its treatment on DVD. The full-frame picture is sharp and clear, although decidedly unspectacular. The sound is decent. Even though it's in Dolby 2.0, there are a few scenes that offer some excellent sound usage. There are also extras, the most notable being a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. In addition, viewers can watch a message from star Kirk Cameron that details the film's unique marketing strategy (it was released on VHS and DVD in fall 2000, followed by a theatrical run in February 2001), as well as detailed bios and a handful of trailers for similar films. There has been word that a widescreen, extras-laden edition is somewhere in Left Behind's future. In the meantime, this version, while not enough to bowl fans over, offers just enough to keep them satisfied.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
In one chaotic moment, millions people around the world suddenly disappear. Mass confusion hits while vehicles suddenly unmanned veer out of control, fires erupt and hysteria breaks out as the living stare in disbelief and fear at the empty places where their loved ones were just seconds before. This is the rapture, the first sign to begin the unraveling of the end of time. Kirk Cameron stars as a reporter who gets caught in the turmoil, experiencing the rapture first-hand. Left Behind: The Movie is an exciting, direct-to-video feature based on the bestselling book.
All Movie Guide
Any overtly religious film has the potential to provoke anger, especially among those expecting anti-Semitism to rear its unfortunate head. But Left Behind is a reasonably inoffensive way of addressing a plot that's not much different from a dozen mainstream studio films: a Biblical prophecy comes true in modern times. This is not to say the film inspired by the wildly successful fundamentalist novels is actually good; it just doesn't yield many controversial moments, nor many howlers, for those seeking a good laugh. In this way, it's a little boring. The B-level personnel and execution is never that distracting, even Kirk Cameron as Buck Williams, the hilariously named intrepid reporter. And it doesn't actually have much of the pious dialogue that polarizes audiences, until the very end. Before then, there's some genuinely unsettling stuff surrounding the disappearance of millions, who are later revealed to be the "true believers." Where the film goes wrong, losing awareness of its agenda, is in the spiritual awakenings of skeptics like Williams, and Brad Johnson's airline pilot. One of the basic tenets of religion is that it's based on faith, meaning the absence of observable proof, but these two central characters convert to godliness only because they're confronted by a preponderance of evidence. With the Bible's words borne out with blow-by-blow accuracy, the film makes it impossible not to attribute such scientific impossibilities to a heavenly influence. The sinners don't choose to repent -- logic forces them to, as an attempt to buy their way into Heaven. Maybe it's Left Behind's devout audience that should be frustrated, rather than its secular one.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0745638003831
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Cloud Ten Pictures
Sales rank:
8,349

Special Features

The Making of Left Behind: The Movie; Music video; Movie trailers; Web links; Concert video; Actors' messages

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Cameron Buck Williams
Brad Johnson Rayford Steele
Clarence Gilyard Bruce Barnes
Colin Fox Chaim Rosenzweig
Gordon Currie Nicolae Carpathia
Chelsea Noble Hattie Durham
Daniel Pilon Jonathan Stonagal
Tony de Santis Joshua Cothran
Jack Langedijk Dirk Burton

Technical Credits
Vic Sarin Director
Victor Sarin Director
James Covell Score Composer
Rob Fletcher Sound/Sound Designer
Cathy Henderson Casting
Alan B. McElroy Screenwriter
Michael Pacek Editor
Jim Phillips Art Director
George Tirl Cinematographer
Ralph Winter Executive Producer
Michael Zenon Asst. Director
Jerry B. Jenkins Source Author
Jerry B. Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Index
1. Opening Credits [3:17]
2. Air Attacks [6:31]
3. Final Good-bye's [4:11]
4. Conspiracy [9:03]
5. The Vanishings [13:09]
6. Homecoming [6:29]
7. Searching for Answers [10:05]
8. Faith & Redemtion [3:40]
9. The Temple [3:11]
10. Unraveling the Truth [8:27]
11. Revelations [8:09]
12. United Nations [8:17]
13. End Times [11:55]
14. Credits [3:17]

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