Rapture

Rapture

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Director: Michael Tolkin

Cast: Michael Tolkin, Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, Patrick Bauchau

     
 

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 aSee more details below

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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

All Movie Guide
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
UPC:
0794043490828
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
6,528

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by writer/director Michael Tolkin, Mimi Rogers, David Duchovny, and Patrick Bauchau; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mimi Rogers Sharon
David Duchovny Randy
Patrick Bauchau Vic
Carole R. Davis Angie
Will Patton Sheriff Foster
Deborah Aquila Actor
James LeGros Tommy
DeVaughn Walter Nixon 1st Boy
Natalie Radford Actor
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 Actor
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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Title/"Hold for the Number" [4:06]
2. On the Hunt [5:16]
3. "Tell Me a Story" [4:54]
4. Righteousness and Faith [3:29]
5. Tattooed Pearl [5:34]
6. Sharon's Guilty Conscience [7:11]
7. Turning Point [5:59]
8. "I Found God" [3:47]
9. The Boy [5:24]
10. Partners in Life [3:11]
11. Belief in Your Job [6:17]
12. Sharon's Special Purpose [3:57]
13. Waiting in the Desert [5:40]
14. A Helping Hand [3:29]
15. One More Chance [5:09]
16. Mary's Death [4:30]
17. The Confession [6:16]
18. Repentance [6:01]
19. Day of Judgment [6:28]
20. End Credits [3:19]

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