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Big-screen favorite Christopher Walken (PULP FICTION, BATMAN RETURNS) heads an all-star cast in this chilling and suspenseful thriller! At the scene of a bizarre murder, L.A. homicide detective Thomas Dagget (Elias Koteas -- EXOTICA) discovers a lethal heavenly prophecy now being fulfilled on earth! Yet in his fight to stop the forces of evil -- led by the powerful angel Gabriel (Walken) -- Dagget finds an unlikely ally in an elementary school teacher (Virginia Madsen -- CANDYMAN). Together they race against time and terror to save the world as we know it! Also starring Eric Stoltz (PULP FICTION) -- critics everywhere praised THE PROPHECY for its high-powered thrills and knockout performances -- don't miss it!

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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, Viggo Mortensen
  • Directors: Gregory Widen
  • Writers: Gregory Widen
  • Producers: Don Phillips, Joel Soisson, Raquel Caballes Maxwell, W.K. Border
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 1999
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305268819
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Prophecy" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

In any event, a very interesting view of angels, hell, God, humanity, and faith.
Studebaker Hoch, billythemtn@geocities.com
They're part of the landscape, too, they give the film richness and depth that it might not have had with more conventional casting.
Tracy Rowan
They don't grant wishes, they don't make things better and you really, REALLY wouldn't want to see one.
Trevor Willsmer

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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Rowan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2001
Format: DVD
I was predisposed to like "The Prophecy" thanks to a kink for angels which I developed some years ago. The current obsession with sugar-spun angels makes me gag and I'd just about given up on them as messengers of the worst God has to offer mankind - in the context of the bible, at least, the appearance of an angel is, about 99% of the time, reason to hide under the bed until the screaming stops - until I saw this film. My faith has been renewed. In this film, they're horrible creatures but gloriously arrogant and beautiful. Even the ones who are on God's side don't like us very much
Christopher Walken, looking as pared-down as I've ever seen him look, gives a quirky performance as usual, as Gabriel, the angel of death who "smashes in the heads of babies while their mamas watch." This isn't a guy you want perching on your hospital bed or talking to your kids, because no matter what the message, it's not going to make you happy. And yet, Walken conveys a lot of humor in Gabriel who is seen letting school children try to blow his trumpet. One child succeeds in coaxing a note out of it and the windows of the school explode in a very funny reference to Gabriel's horn sounding the notes that herald the Apocalypse. By the end of the film, when Thomas (nice touch, that name, linking this failed priest to Thomas the Doubter.) says to Gabriel "Why didn't you just ASK God?" and Gabriel replies, "He doesn't talk to me any more." I wanted to weep for him.
Stoltz...well he's never been a favorite of mine, but he was good here; not nearly as low-key and passive as usual. His turn as the angel Simon (I thought I heard him called "Samael" once, a name which makes more sense in context.) was done with just the right amount of off-hand humor to make him a good foil for Walken.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2002
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Just before The Prophecy was released, there was a lot of excitement about it in certain circles I was a part of. That excessive hype led to my initial disappointment with the movie. Over time, though, as I have watched it over again a time or two, my appreciation of the film has grown. Biblical prophecy and apocalyptic discourses are fascinating to me, and this movie plays off of some of the more far-fetched ideas in the realm of speculation. As the movie opens, we see Thomas Daggett lose his faith in God at the very moment in which he was to be confirmed as a priest; his loss of faith is interestingly a result of having been shown too much of heaven rather than too little. The movie then jumps to the present, where Daggett is a police detective investigating the death of a man-like enigma with no eyes and fetus-like cell structure. We have already seen how this being attacked the angel Simon and lost the fight. The injuries Simon sustains in the struggle upsets his plans, plans which consist of retrieving the soul of the recently deceased most evil man on earth before "the enemy" seizes that soul for their continuing nefarious purposes. Before Simon dies, he gives the soul to a young Indian girl named Mary, and the plot revolves around the enemy's attempts to retrieve the black soul from her and the efforts of Daggett, Mary's teacher, and a medicine man to release the black soul from within Mary's body. The enemy, as Daggett learns by translating a Bible found on the body of the initial victim, is none other than the archangel Gabriel. An unknown 23rd chapter of Revelation in the ancient Bible describes a second war going on in heaven, a war led by the archangel Gabriel who refuses to bow down to the "monkeys" of humanity whom God gave souls and thus elevated above the angels.Read more ›
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2006
Format: DVD
You can tell pretty quickly in this film that Gregory Widen, the man who shot Highlander, also shot this film. It involves a number of great actors, a really bizarre premise, and some great landcapes and characters. In both movies you have to agree to suspend your disbelief about the plot, and just enjoy the power that each actor puts into his or her role.

Here's the basic summary. Angels are not the Renaissance golden-haired glowy, friendly creatures that DaVinci conned us into believing in. Re-read your Bible. Angels were the holders of swords of flame. Angels were the ones out there slicing down the non-believers and killing by the thousands. They were a fierce army. Unknown to mankind, many angels were pretty grumpy when Jesus died on the cross and in essence elevated mankind over the angels. The angels felt betrayed, ignored by God. It's like when Mom came home with a new baby brother and suddenly the new baby was the one getting all the attention. The angels were the older sibling, about to throw a temper tantrum.

Fast forward to modern times. You have an ex-priest-wannabe-turned-cop Thomas, played by Elias Koteas, who starts to get called in on some strange cases. Turns out the dead guy they find is a hermaphrodite, is carrying a 2nd century Bible and is branded with the mark of an angel. The trail leads to Simon, another angel, who is trying to help keep a "really evil soul" from Gabriel (Christopher Walken). Gabriel wants this evil soul to help him storm heaven, to make God pay for turning His back on all the angels. Simon gets his hands on the soul in question, but with Gabriel hot on his heels, he has to hide it somewhere. He puts it into a Native American girl's body.
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