Rating: **** Threat: Biblical apocalypse
Tri Star. Written by George Kaplan & W.W. Wicket; Photographed by Juan Ruiz Anchia; Special effects by Michael L. Fink & Ray Svedin (supervisors); Edited by Caroline Biggerstaff; Music by Jack Nitzsche; Produced by Robert W. Cort, Ted Field & Paul R. Gurian (executive); Directed by Carl Schultz. 97 minutes.
Demi Moore (Abby Quinn, artist expecting a baby); Michael Biehn (Russell Quinn, her husband, a lawyer); Jürgen Prochnow (David, actually Jesus Christ in disguise); Peter Friedman (Father Lucci, actually Kartaphilos, Pilate's doorkeeper who struck Christ and was cursed); Manny Jacobs (Avi, Jewish scholar who assists Abby); John Taylor (Jimmy Szaragosa, Russell's death row client); Lee Garlington (Dr. Inness, Abby's doctor); Akosua Busia (Penny, lawyer); Harry Basil (Kids Korner salesman); Arnold Johnson (synagogue janitor); Rabbi Baruch Cohan (synagogue cantor); John Walcutt (novitiate); Hugo Stranger (Harold Berne, priest murdered by Lucci); Patricia Alien (nursery school administrator); Michael Laskin (Israeli colonel); Ian Buchanan (Huberty, meteorologist); Manko Tse (Abby's practical nurse); Leonard Cimino (cardinal heading committee); Richard Devon (second cardinal); Rabbi William Kramer (Rabbi Ornstein, linguistic scholar); Blanche Rubin (Mrs. Ornstein, his wife); John Heard (minister consulted by Avi); Joe Mays (motel clerk); Jane Frances (TV game show contestant); Glynn Edwards, Robin Groth, Dick Spangler (newscasters); Darwyn Carlson, Harry Bartron, Dale Butcher, Dorothy Sinclair, Larry Eisenberg (reporters); Sonny Santiago (medical technician); Frederic Arnold (surgeon); Adam Nelson, David King (paramedics); Kathryn Miller, Karen Shaver, Lisa Hestrin, Christiane Carman, Irene Fernicola, Yukiko Ogawa (nurses); Robert Herron, Hank Calia, Gary Epper, John Sherrod (prison guards).
Any apocalyptic film that utilizes religious themes is treading on delicate ground since many people are averse to mixing their religious convictions with entertainment. A film about the historic life of Jesus Christ is one thing, but the Second Coming is another. In the light of this challenge, The Seventh Sign manages fairly well, sidestepping any tone of offensiveness. The resulting film is heartfelt yet still entertaining.
The film opens on Christmas Day in Haiti where an other-worldly stranger named David walks through a busy town to the edge of the ocean carrying an envelope with an elaborate wax seal bearing the image of an angel. After breaking