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Ticket to Heaven
     

Ticket to Heaven

Director: Ralph L. Thomas

Cast: Nick Mancuso, R.H. Thomson, Meg Foster

 
The "Moonie" cult of the 1970s and '80s has been cited as the principal inspiration for the 1981 Canadian production Ticket to Heaven. Nick Mancuso plays impressionable youth David Kappel, who, after breaking up with his girlfriend, tries to find an emotional balm by joining a religious sect. The first portion of the film details David's indoctrination into the

Overview

The "Moonie" cult of the 1970s and '80s has been cited as the principal inspiration for the 1981 Canadian production Ticket to Heaven. Nick Mancuso plays impressionable youth David Kappel, who, after breaking up with his girlfriend, tries to find an emotional balm by joining a religious sect. The first portion of the film details David's indoctrination into the group. The remaining portion concerns the efforts made by his parents to locate their thoroughly brainwashed son. R.H. Thomson dominates the final scenes as a "deprogrammer" hired to shake David out of his religious euphoria. Ticket to Heaven was based on Moonwebs, a novel by Josh Freed.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
In certain respects, Ticket to Heaven feels like a guttural response to the wretched spate of Canadian tax-shelter horror films from the early '80s, such as My Bloody Valentine and Death Ship -- as if director Ralph L. Thomas felt over-nauseated by the cloying sensationalism and Grand Guignol of Canadian axe murderers and, hungry for some everyday terror, went straight for the central nervous system of the viewer. Even decades later, the film benefits from the shrewd intelligence with which Thomas handles the material. A subject (religious cult indoctrination) that could have become stale movie-of-the-week or afterschool special fodder in less adroit hands attains chilling realism thanks to Thomas's patent refusal to sensationalize and the obvious amount of careful research that went into his co-adaptation (with Anne Cameron) of Josh Freed's novel Moonwebs. It isn't so much Nick Mancuso's four-barreled evocation of David -- the heartbroken young man starved, exhausted, brainwashed, and made catatonic by a Reunification-like cult -- that shines, but the documentary-like accuracy with which Thomas and Cameron cross-section the cult that he plunges into, and the credibility of the young man's earthly salvation at the hands of cult deprogrammer Linc Strunc (R.H. Thomson). As difficult to watch as the film may be, Thomas and Cameron paint one of the most thorough, credible, and terrifying pictures of cultic manipulation to date in a feature film.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
UPC:
0096009502591
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Echo Bridge
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:42:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Mancuso David
R.H. Thomson Linc Strunc
Meg Foster Ingrid
Saul Rubinek Larry
Kim Cattrall Ruthie
Jennifer Dale Lisa
Guy Bond Eric
Dixie Seatle Sarah
Robert Joy Patrick
Stephen Markle Karl
Timothy Webber Greg
Paul Soles Morley Kappel
Harvey Atkin Mr. Stone
Patrick Brymer Dr. Dryer
Marcia Diamond Esther Kappel
Michael Zelniker Danny
Christopher Britton Simon
Margot Dionne Actor
Cindy Girling Buffy
Brian Leonard Actor
David Main Businessman
Candace O'Connor Ginny
Doris Petrie Mrs. Foster
Claire Pimpare Actor
Angelo Rizacos Paul
Les Rubie Short-Order Cook
Gina Dick Sandy
Michael Wincott Gerry

Technical Credits
Ralph L. Thomas Director,Screenwriter
Dave Appleby Sound Editor
Anne Cameron Screenwriter
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Chiasson Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Ronald I. Cohen Producer
Micky Erbe Score Composer
Glen Gauthier Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Linda Kemp Costumes/Costume Designer
Vivienne Leebosh Producer
Richard Leiterman Cinematographer
Susan Longmire Production Designer
Jill Scott Art Director
Alan Simmonds Producer
Maribeth Solomon Score Composer
Don White Sound Editor
Ron Wisman Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ticket to Heaven
1. Amateur Night [6:27]
2. Young Pioneers [6:34]
3. Loosen Up [6:01]
4. Walking Alone [6:52]
5. Amazing Grace [8:24]
6. Breaking Point [4:46]
7. Heavenly Children [5:53]
8. Get Out Satan [8:39]
9. Moving On [4:36]
10. Tough Crowd [7:12]
11. Initiate the Plan [5:16]
12. David's Mother [8:51]
13. Soul Injection [5:00]
14. Fear Is Primal [7:28]
15. Intervention [10:51]

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