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Rapture

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Overview

An audacious film about faith, The Rapture is a contemporary fantasy that keeps its feet unnervingly planted in reality even as reality starts to collapse. Mimi Rogers, in a strikingly accomplished performance, stars as Sharon, a telephone operator who spends her off-hours engaging in casual group sex to blot out her boredom. By chance, she becomes aware of a small Christian sect whose members believe that they have found a child with the gift of prophecy who has seen the upcoming end times. Slowly but steadily, ...
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Overview

An audacious film about faith, The Rapture is a contemporary fantasy that keeps its feet unnervingly planted in reality even as reality starts to collapse. Mimi Rogers, in a strikingly accomplished performance, stars as Sharon, a telephone operator who spends her off-hours engaging in casual group sex to blot out her boredom. By chance, she becomes aware of a small Christian sect whose members believe that they have found a child with the gift of prophecy who has seen the upcoming end times. Slowly but steadily, Sharon finds herself drawn to this group, and one night she abruptly turns a corner, renounces her old life, and embraces fundamentalism with passion. She marries one of her former lovers, Randy David Duchovny, who takes up Sharon's evangelical fervor to atone for his past as a hired killer, and they have a daughter. All seems peaceful until Randy is unexpectedly murdered, and Sharon takes her child to the desert to await the rapture that will bring the chosen to heaven. The film neither supports nor scoffs at Sharon's views, and the superb performances add immeasurably to a film that presents the unbelievable and unthinkable at face value, making it seem oddly plausible in the process. Michael Tolkin has also written and/or directed such films as The Player 1992, directed by Robert Altman, and The New Age 1994, both of which also skewer contemporary American society as shallow, materialistic, and desperate for something authentic to believe in.
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Editorial Reviews

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The Rapture boldly goes where few movies have gone before -- straight into Judgment Day and beyond. It has few parallels in film history, as it attempts to portray the end of the world as if Biblical interpretations were literally true. Writer/director Michael Tolkin also wrote and directed the satirical The New Age and wrote the deeply sarcastic Robert Altman masterpiece The Player. He appears to be attempting a deep-level satire about Messianic religious cultists with this story about a phone information operator (the audaciously offbeat Mimi Rogers) who converts to fundamentalist end-of-days Christianity. But the film brooks no open judgments about its heroine's faith, which drives her to sacrifice her own child in search of salvation. Though the plot concerning Rogers' conversion seems much too pat, the actress redeems the movie's believability with her unique brand of making risky, implausible roles (such as in Bulletproof Heart) seem realistic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 794043411434
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mimi Rogers Sharon
David Duchovny Randy
Patrick Bauchau Vic
Carole R. Davis Angie
Will Patton Sheriff Foster
Deborah Aquila
James LeGros Tommy
DeVaughn Walter Nixon 1st Boy
Natalie Radford
Marvin Elkins Bartender
Stephanie Menuez Diana
Sam Vlahos Wayne
Rustam Branaman Conrad
Scott Burkholder 1st Evangelist
Patrick Dollaghan Executive
Dick Anthony Williams Henry
Christian Belnavis Older Boy
Kimberly Cullum Mary
Victoria Williams Faithful
Terri Hanauer Paula
Douglas Roberts Louis
Denney Pierce Rock Climber
Joshua Farrell Cashier
Andrew Pressman Manager
Kerry Leigh Michaels Guard
Henry Kingi Angel
Linda Albertano Angel
Michael David Lally Man on Television
Bojan Bazelli
Darwyn Carson Maggie
Vince Grant 2nd Evangelist
Technical Credits
Michael Tolkin Director, Screenwriter
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Susan Benjamin Set Decoration/Design
Suzanne Fenn Editor
Cindy Hornickel Production Manager
Steve Hulin Stunts
Kane Hodder Stunts
Karen Koch Producer
Kathleen M. McKernin Art Director
Eric McLeod Production Manager
Giovanna Melton Costumes/Costume Designer
Deborah Moore Executive Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Laurie Parker Executive Producer
Gerald Di Pego Screenwriter
Robin Standefer Production Designer
Nancy Tenenbaum Producer
Karyn Wagner Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick Wechsler Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exceptional!- Food For Thought

    A must see- exceptional movie and shocking tale. Not a light-hearted feel-good flick. It is, however, just the ticket for something thought provoking and deep. Highly controversial and secular "The Rapture" is a roller-coaster journey of a gripping portrayal with a strong message for "Christian" and non-christian audiences alike. Adult content and scenarios. Not recommended for children or those under age. Be prepared to be subjected to that which will make you "uncomfortable". The Rapture will take you out of the comfort-zone and into the heart of desperation. Moving and emotional this film brings home the sense of what it is to be "lost"... and searching. Mimi Rogers', (Lost In Space), and David Duchovny, (X-Files) star. Things begin to happen- seers of visions and dreamers of dreams to those whom God has chosen and whom already have faith, realize the time has come and is approaching for the end days. Where are those who do not subscribe to this belief? What will happen to them? Can hearts be changed? Can souls be saved? Will it be in time? Is it beware the false-prophet or something even more deeply disturbing as self-deception? From one end of the human fallibility spectrum to the other, and equally riveting are folly and false-hood, susceptibility and the question to what length? This movie brings home personal questions of faith, and strikes at the core. It is unsettling and raises to mind many deep questions that will leave the viewer pondering long after. For this reason, and with disclaimer so-stated, makes this movie an exceptional choice for one prepared to have their thoughts and heart definitely wrenched and stirred, plummeted into dark chasms of the mind, compelled to hope and heights of the spirit, reservations, where we draw the line, and whether it is truly God who does not forgive or rather ourselves who can not, will not, or are incapable of forgiving ourselves! The Thought Provoking Movie Choice Beyond Any Others! ***** (I watch this movie as a tradition with friends every year for many, many years).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good theater - bad theology!

    Sharon is converted from her hedonistic but empty lifestyle. She becomes in some respects a professed bible-believing Christian, but unfortunately receives her interpretations from a cult that relies more on mystical dreams and visions than the plain word of God. Unfortunately, although some reviews state it as 'embraces fundamentalism', this cult embraced by Sharon (Mimi Rogers) as portrayed in this fictional account, betrays tenets of 'fundamentalism' which by its very nature is fidelity to the fundamental revelations of God -- of which a very basic one is set forth by Jesus in the Matthew 24th account--IF THEY SAY HE IS IN THE DESERT, GO NOT FORTH. Sharon acting on cult instructions and her own vision takes her daughter to the desert to await the 2nd Coming. She blames God rather than the traditional Christian teaching (Catholic and Protestant alike) of Satanic deception for this and makes a conscious choice to forfeit her salvation. To the extent that this wakes people up to the very real events that are currently transpiring and for which Christians are daily marginalized, this is far better than nothing. As theology, it is deficient. However, I must confess that I found the sounding of Gabriel's horn and the end time horsemen of the Apocalypse scenes haunting and worthy of a rewatch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2003

    Who Forgives God?

    Rapture starts off with fairly explicit sex scenes while painting the utter bleakness of Sharron's life. This is important because somewhere along the way the mysterious on-screen whispers, between believers who are all having the same dream, turns into a face staring into your eyes from the screen and preaching the Word of God to you personally. I was stunned and for a moment snapped out of the film, my head reeling. Had I stumbled into a Christian film whose goal was to convert the viewers using much the same techniques as high school anti-drug films? I stared transfixed as the Good News was drilled into me from the screen. But then I remembered the sex scenes from the beginning and could not believe that any church would show quite so much flesh and raw sexuality. I was sucked back into the movie, a giant question-mark pulsing ever larger in my heart and brain. The movie twists and turns, playing with my expectations like Bobby Fisher once played chess. But underneath that question mark, I was deeply moved and caused to remember so many things about what it is to be human in this uncertain world, and how a search for both meaning and truth together cannot but lead to a crises of faith, religious or secular. When I film ended I was non-plused. What had I just seen? It was clear to me that there was a strong viewpoint but I wasn't sure what it was. Still, I knew it was there. I couldn't stop thinking about Rapture for weeks as I slowly pieced it together and understood the underlying message of the film. Rapture has become one of my favorite films because it is unlike anything I have ever seen, and because it made me think and it made me think hard, and it did so in a way that was deeply rewarding for me--a quality too rare in film. I can't recommend it highly enough. It will make you mad and it will make you cry. It will make you recoil in horror and disbelief and it will stroke you with its pure beauty. And when it is over, if you are anything like me, you will work to make sense of what you have been through, because you will know in your bones that there is a point, waiting for you to discover. Watch this film, think, feel, and discover its truth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    What is this film saying?

    I haven't seen The Rapture in its entirety. At first glance it seems to be a confusing mish-mash of Christian doctrine and worldly scoffing at Christian doctrine. But in the end it shows the rapture as an actual event. They are careful to use the term god instead of Jesus, it's more politically correct I guess. One thing I approve of here is what seems to be a warning against joining cults and sitting on mountain tops waiting for Jesus to come. The main character ends up stealing food and shooting her daughter so it's clear she listened to the wrong Bible-thumper. God gives each of us a brain and expects us to use it. If that's the message, then I recommend this movie for everyone.

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