Left Behind: The Movie

Left Behind: The Movie

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Director: Vic Sarin, Victor Sarin, Kirk Cameron, Brad Johnson

Cast: Vic Sarin, Victor Sarin, Kirk Cameron, Brad Johnson

     
 

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In the Holy Bible, the Book of Revelations speaks of an event called "The Rapture," in which it is believed God will call those who have been saved to Heaven, while those who have not repented their sins will remain on Earth. Authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have written a series of novels based upon the premise of how the Rapture would affect ordinary people

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In the Holy Bible, the Book of Revelations speaks of an event called "The Rapture," in which it is believed God will call those who have been saved to Heaven, while those who have not repented their sins will remain on Earth. Authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have written a series of novels based upon the premise of how the Rapture would affect ordinary people in the modern world, and Left Behind is the first feature film to be adapted from their work. Rayford Steele (Brad Johnson) is an airline pilot whose relationship with his wife has gone sour; she responds by devoting more of her time and energy to the church, while he ponders having an affair with an attractive flight attendant, Hattie Durham (Chelsea Noble). 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 (Kirk Cameron), a television journalist, is pondering the rash of sudden disappearances as he works on a report about Dr. Chaim Rosenzweig (Colin Fox), an Israeli scientist who has devised a formula that would make any soil on earth easy to cultivate. However, Cameron 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. Produced by Cloud Ten Productions, a Christian filmmaking concern, Left Behind was released with an unusual marketing strategy -- the film was made available on home video in October 2000, with a theatrical release scheduled to follow in February 2001.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
UPC:
0043396085787
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Making of Left Behind"; Music videos; Concert video; Movie trailers; 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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [3:21]
2. Air Attacks [6:31]
3. Final Good-byes [4:10]
4. Conspiracy [9:03]
5. The Vanishings [13:09]
6. Homecoming [6:29]
7. Searching for Answers [10:06]
8. Faith & Redemption [3:40]
9. The Temple [3:11]
10. Unraveling the Truth [8:27]
11. Revelations [8:10]
12. United Nations [8:17]
13. End Times [11:53]
14. Credits [3:16]

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Left Behind: The Movie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 463 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read all the books at least 4 times each. If I saw the movie before I never would have been interested in the books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I saw the movies for rent in Blockbusters. The movies were awful. I was so disappointed that I warned others not to rent or buy them. The movies were cheap and the wrong characters were cast. I imagined the main male characters to be tall; at least 5'11, medium build w/ dark hair (except Ben Judah). He should have been shorter and heavier. What happened to the special effects?? Had I seen the movie first I would have never read the books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this DVD. I've not read the book but am familiar with the subject. I was impressed with the majority of the performances and the direction. For a ''Christian'' production, I thought these guys did a great job. Only occasionally did it come off a bit preachy. Definitely is a good one for people who don't know the possibilities for the future. Kirk Cameron did a great job. Once or twice the dialog was less than natural. The actress who played the daughter character did a terrific job for a newcomer to film. Hope this is enough of a success for them to do it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What would you do if a loved one dissapeared in front of you? What would you think? How would you act? This movie is an awesome movie. It explains the end times clearly and yet makes you think and ask yourself, ''I'm I right with God? I am I ready for the rapture?''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie. Just like the #1 bestbeller Left Behind the book, the movie is a #1 Blockbuster. One of the best Christian movies I've seen since The Omega Code, and it will make it in the secular world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I have seen in 30 years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back in the day, of my youth that is, I can remember those times when the family was going on some sort of ''bonding'' thing and all I wanted was to be left behind. For what? Need you really ask? Left Behind - the movie - will compel you to entertain the thought of what life, after life as you know it, will be like. Imagine the world after being interrupted by the sudden vanishing of millions of people. Aliens? Coincidence? Mass halucination? or Biblical prophecy fulfilled? You decide as you wrestle with your own thoughts and beliefs (or non-beliefs) of what the beginning of the end of the world might look like. Skeptics, be ready to take notes. Believers, be ready to take off. Oh, by the way, the family outing thing? I always regretted being left behind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this movie and would recommend it to anyone. It has wide appeal and I look forward to seeing it on the ''big screen'' when it hits movie theatres on February 2nd, 2001. Also, if you haven't read the books GET THEM NOW! They are fantastic reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absoluetly MOVING. The questions you were afraid to ask, are answered. The what if's... are to late. Not only did I enjoy the movie, but My children loved it. This is a must see movie. It has everything Major motion pictures has, but has one thing better: A MESSAGE!!! if you have longed for a movie that made any sense, that has a purpose, and will have you at the edge of your seat.... LEFT BEHIND IS THE MOVIE FOR YOU!!!! THIS IS DEFINITELY THE MOVIE OF THE MILLINIEUM!!! WATCH IT, LEARN FROM IT, AND LIVE IN HIM!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just begun reading the Left Behind book series and recently viewed a copy of Left Behind: The Movie. May I say that Christian or not, this is a very entertaining film. The special effects are spectacular and the acting is realistic. The movie has some cool music soundtracks and some scenes almost made me cry from emotion. The movie also has some cool camera shots and creative dialogue twists that kept me interested and involved during the movie. I thought it was more realistic than an average Hollywood production because it visited different countries like Israel and Jerusalem and made me more aware of the possible uses of the United Nations. Left Behind is the action-drama that every Christian/Non-Christian should watch if they have any doubt of whether they will or won't be Left Behind!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie actually lived up to the ''hype''! I watched it twice the first night, something I have never done before. I deliberately waited to read the book and it is even better than the movie (which is usually the case), I couldn't put it down. As a 'believer', I found the scriptural references fascinating. It gave me alot of 'food for thought'. But I also expect 'non-believers' to find the film entertaining and convicting. The plot is fascinating. The acting is good. This is the best I have ever seen Kirk Cameron, and Clarence Gilyard, who is a favorite, was great. I will be in the theater when it is released. It is a great way to get The Message out. My only question is - how long until they make the sequel?!?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so awesome. Would recommend everyone in the universe to see it. Its a for sure don't miss movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These are the words I read from a secular point of view. Sadly, these are the very ones who will be left behind. This movie is very powerful and very telling. It is a must for any group trying to reach those who normally wouldn't attend church or open a Bible. However, it is also very much a must see for the believer, who often neglects his or her responsibilities as a soldier for Christ. This movie left me speechless and in a state of ''I have got to really get it together.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie was excellent. It got me thinking how close we really are to the Rapture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film has plenty of action and lots of drama. It really makes you think about this stuff, especially as we see the events in the Middle East and elsewhere,in the news. Just what will happen and what will each of us do when it comes?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must see movie! Anyone who has been struggling to share their faith with lost friends and relatives should invite them to see this movie. Wow, what a great way to open the door to some in depth conversation. This subject is to be taken seriously. Don't wait, get there the the night it opens!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Left Behind is the best ''Christian'' film of it's kind. It does not hold up to the multi-million dollar Hollywood project; but for what it is, a small budget independent film, it is terrific. Kirk Cameron's portrayl as Buck Williams is excellent in stripping away his ''80's'' persona. All of the core actor's do a terrific job. Watch for Janay Stephens, as Chloe Steele, she is deffinately an ''up-and-comer''. She proves to be a very talented actress, and she's cute too. Left Behind-the movie proves to be one thing that the Christian genre tends to over look...ENTERTAINING. People will enjoy this film. It doesn't matter if you are a believer or not; or if you are fans of the books or have never heard of them. To be honest I have to rate this movie on two scales. As a ''Christian'' genre film I give it 5 out of five stars. As a soon-to-be-released film I have to give it 3.5 stars. Overall...4 stars, a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a surprise when I watched this movie and discovered that not only was it loyal to the book it was actually really well done. I admit I was skeptical in the chance this movie would be a quality film. Great casting. Terrific adaptive work. Look foward to seeing many more in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being from the Entertainment Industry you can pretty much foresee the ending in a movie, but not in this one!!! I felt it was well written and it really made you think, which most movies today do not! It did not drag at all, you had to keep up with it or you missed out! It made me question my belief? I would not want to be left behind!!! I am sure there will be sequels, because it left me with unanswered questions? Go see it February 2nd at the Theaters!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Left Behind is the first of a series on the book of Revelation. It is set in modern times which makes it much easier to understand. Each new installment gets more and more exciting. You must see them in order so you know what's going on in successive movies. Please go see Left Behind Feb. 2, 2001. It is definately worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great visualization of God's prophecies. The book of Revelation, and many other prophecies in the Bible, are very complex and frequently hard to comprehend. ''Left Behind'' shows what will happen to both believer and non-believer in a down-to earth, soul shaking manner. I can't wait for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LEFT BEHIND: THE MOVIE a well written and very well acted movie will hold your attention throughout, lots of action, love interest, riveting suspense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took over a year of constant badgering from my faithful husband to get me to read the first book, Left Behind. And it did exactly what I was afraid it would do... it changed my life, forever. But not how I'd dreaded. I was the President of the Youth Group in my church throughout high school. I was constantly at church and doing things with my christian friends. I wasn't perfect, but I was an okay kid. I didn't get into too much trouble. The problem with my life, my whole life, was that it was nothing more than an illusion. I played the part, I thought I knew Jesus Christ, when in fact, all I was doing was playing yet another character in my life-long theatrical career. When my son was born, I began to feel the conviction that I had his blood on my hands now and needed to do more. But I didn't know what. My husband is a devoted christian, father and husband, and what began as an attempt to get him off my back, I picked up Left Behind and began to read. I could identify with all of the characters, but especially Bruce Barnes, because his life was such a reflection of my own. I was changed forever. Now I don't just ''know'' who Jesus is, I know Jesus, personally. I no longer fear and live in remorse. I am a much better wife, mother, daughter and friend. So many christian movies are made on such low budgets that they seem hokey and are not artistically worthy of anything higher that a B rating because of the poor acting and special effects. I was so glad that the movie was first released on video so I could see for myself the convincing acting and special effects and not be embarrassed to ask people to see it. Pride is still one of my daily battles and one of my strongest sins, and I was struggling with the fact that a movie was being made of Left Behind. Witnessing has never been my strong point. I was thrilled with the book because it brought such personal conviction, and I could give it to people as gifts without having any kind of personal confrontation or worry of embarrassment (I'm still human and don't want to be ridiculed and made fun of). It has been such a powerful tool for me to use to witness to others, but I was skeptical of the movie. Within the first 5 minutes, I was convinced, and you will be too. So now do I not only have the book to use as a tool for witnessing, I also have the movie. Sometimes it's hard to get people to read something, but easy to get them to watch a movie. I am excited about this and proud to use it to tell others the story. Thank you, Cloud Ten Pictures!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After years of waiting and reading the novels, the movie version of ''Left Behind,'' the bestselling series of all time is finally being made a reality! The movie based upon the first novel has already been directed, produced, and made into a wondrous display of filmmaking at its best! Coming from a non-mainstream Hollywood studio, ''Left Behind: The Movie'' was created by the Christian film studio Cloud Ten, in association with Namesake Entertainment. With a history of cheesy acting, effects, and all of the other criticism surrounding Christian filmmaking, ''Left Behind'' from the beginning was put against a huge barrier. However, the product that is now in stores and about to hit theaters is completely different from any previous ''Christian movies.'' It¿s much better. With stellar acting jobs and a story that will both captivate you with its suspense and warm your soul with its deep Biblical message, ''Left Behind'' has the ability to stand up to many of the films put out year by year from Hollywood. Most notable among the cast are Gordon Currie, who at first portrays Nicolae Carpathia as a kind, sensitive hero, and Clarence Gilyard with his heartfelt depiction of Bruce Barnes, the minister left behind. Among the rest, Chelsea Noble, Brad Johnson, and Janaya Stephens each almost perfectly fit my mental image of Hattie, Rayford, and Chloe, respectively. Although at first I had some opposition to Kirk Cameron as Buck, most likely from my remembrance of him as Mike Seaver on ''Growing Pains,'' he worked his way into the role of Buck wonderfully and by the middle of the film, I couldn¿t picture anyone else as his character. Despite the budget being smaller than the mainstream, this film is by far the best to come from any Christian filmmaking studio ever. Even the special effects, which are being redone for the theatrical release, show great improvement from past attempts. Although it may not have the big ''blow-it-up'' effects of some blockbusters, the story is what is most important. With the sequal, ''Tribulation Force,'' in pre-production and ''Left Behind'' about to hit theatres, the hype doesn¿t seem to stop. This isn¿t just a movie. It¿s an attempt to reach the world and show it what life is all about. There¿s something different about this movie, and it¿s all because of that one man who was God incarnate and suffered the cross for us. Jesus.