Jan 31st, 2019
Terry and Steve take on the "biggest and most ambitious Christian film ever made" with their Left Behind (2000) VHS Movie Review. Can Kirk Cameron save their souls or will they get LEFT BEHIND?!?
Director: Vic Sarin
Producers: Joe Goodman, Paul Lalonde, Peter Lalonde, and Ralph Winter
Writers: Joe Goodman, Paul Lalonde, and Alan B. McElroy
Based on Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Budget: $4 million
Box Office: $4.2 million
Release Date: October 31, 2000 (video) and February 2, 2001 (theatrical)
Distributor: Cloud Ten Pictures
Kirk Cameron as Cameron "Buck" Williams
Brad Johnson as Rayford Steele
Gordon Currie as UN Secretary-General Nicolae Carpathia
Janaya Stephens as Chloe Steele
Clarence Gilyard Jr as Bruce Barnes
Chelsea Noble as Hattie Durham
Colin Fox as Chaim Rosenzweig
Left Behind Summary
On an overseas flight to London, journalist Buck Williams (Kirk Cameron) and pilot Rayford Steele (Brad Johnson) are caught in the middle of the most incredible event in history. Suddenly, without warning, dozens of passengers simply vanish into then air. But it doesn't stop there. It soon becomes clear that millions of people are missing from around the world.
As chaos and anarchy engulf the world, both men set out on vastly different paths in a desperate search for answers.
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, Left Behind is overflowing with suspense, action and adventure. This riveting motion picture will take you on a spellbinding journey through the most mysterious book of the Bible - The Book of Revelation.
-According to the "Making of..." documentary, Chelsea Noble (Hattie), who is married to Kirk Cameron (Buck), was reading the book in bed. Kirk was asleep, but Chelsea was so excited about the idea of turning this into a movie, she started slapping Kirk on the leg to wake him up, and said, "I want to play the role of Hattie!" Kirk and Chelsea then started farming out the idea to find out who might produce the film.
-Left Behind was released directly to video in 2000, copies of the film came bundled with a free pass to watch the movie in theaters when it was later given limited release in early 2001.
-Most of the cast were volunteers from local churches.
-The character of Ivy (Krista Bridges) was created specifically for the films. Ivy does not exist in the novels.
-Author Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins originally sold the rights to producer Ralph Winter after he pitched a big-budget, mainstream blockbuster adaptation that would remain faithful to the source material. Winter hired writer Alan B. McElroy to produce a script treatment for such an adaptation but was ultimately unable to generate enough interest from potential financiers or distributors. Winter sold off the rights to independent production company Cloud Ten Pictures, who had previously produced similarly-themed films, thereby ending his and McElroy's involvement in the project. However, both were still credited in the finished film, possibly to generate publicity and add legitimacy to the film.
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