Item description for Prodigal Planet [VHS] by Russell Doughten & Donald Thompson...
Overview A gripping actions thriller depicting the stark realities of the apocalypse, The Prodigal Planet is the 4th chapter in Mark IV Picture's widely acclaimed prophecy series begun by A Thief in the Night. In a world devastated by nuclear holocaust, a small underground resistance network battles of the antichrist. David Michaels escapes from a UNITE Detention Center with a secret that could scuttle that evil system.
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Actors: William Wellman Jr., Lynda Beatie, Terri Lynn Hall, Thom Rachford, Robert Chestnut
Directors: Donald W. Thompson
Format: Color, NTSC
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Pro-Active Entertain
Running Time: 127.00 minutes
Record Label Pro-Active Entertain
Format Color / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.32" Width: 4.19" Height: 1.12" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Binding VHS Video
Release Date Jan 31, 1987
Publisher WESSCOTT MARKETING
Series Number 4
ISBN 1888568038 ISBN13 9781888568035 UPC 602737110030
Reviews - What do customers think about Prodigal Planet [VHS]?
They Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead. Jan 24, 2007
The first three movies in the "Thief In The Night" series kept getting better. But then they released this hurried fourth installment, which was the worst of the group.
I get the impression that the movie was made so they could finish the story, not because there was a real need for another installment. It in fact was designed to be shown in two parts. The first part had a summary of the first three movies (which was not true with the second and third of the series), and the second part reviewed the first part.
Add to this that the special effects were not that special. True, I watched this the same day I saw "Return Of The Jedi", so it had a lot to live up to. But there was one scene at the end that obviously was a minature -- it did not look real.
Allow me to say, though, that this movie was without entertainment value. There was an effective mystery on who was tipping the bad guys about the protagonists' whereabouts. There was an introduction to "The Doomsday People", who had been burned somehow. There was some humor, as with the other movies as well. But it paled when compared to the first three movies.
Great movie to watch Jul 24, 2006
I was less than impressed when I first watched this movie 8 years ago. I came back to this movie after a long absence hoping time would change my mind about this venerable movie. It has.
First of all, the fact that it's on DVD now helps tremendously. The movie itself is good but the extras help fill in some questions. The commentary on the movie was interesting (did you know that one of the scenes cost more to film than the entire original movie?). It was also interesting looking at Thom and Maryann Rachford (aka, Jerry and Dianne) after 30 years. While Jerry's chops have disappeared Dianne still sports the long hair.
But now onto the movie. The salvation message is still clear although there is considerably more plot than the first two movies. The music is also a step up from the first three films. The scenes with the Doomsday people could actually be quite scary, especially when you add the music. Although some might find the storyline redundant, it does sort of remind you of an Indiana Jones-type movie. I'm not sure why so many people complain about this movie - it lines up with No. 3 as the best in the series in my opinion
Although this is the least well-known film in the series, this is still worth your time to watch it.
Never surpassed since it came out in the 80s. Feb 12, 2006
Most reviews concentrate on the statement that you should not show this video series (#1 - A Thief in the Night, #2 - A Distant Thunder. #3 - Image of the Beast, #4 - Prodigal Planet) to young children, to which I would agree. But what about adults?
The videos were made in the 70s, as hairstyle and clothing give away, no doubt - this is something that a person has to be able to overlook. All references to computers and technology can only be seriously outdated. No actor was ever nominated for an Academy Award, although I would not call the acting bad. The characters are well credible enough for the viewer to follow the story line. Yes, there are preachy scenes, but to be fair I must say: for those who know little about the Bible, these preachy scenes serve to fill them in on background and to make necessary connections.
One reviewer complained about "bad theology"; unfortunately he does not list anything in the movie that he considers bad. Without recounting half of the book of Revelation, let me say here that these videos are, indeed, very close to Bible theology. [I understand that all viewers, as well as all readers of this review, are biased towards Bible theology one way or another. "Helpful reviews" should maybe be renamed into "Reviews I agree with" and/or "Reviews about products that I like".]
I give the series 5 stars because I believe them to be an absolute classic. Whether you buy or rent them, I strongly recommend every adult who has seen or read any "Left Behind" products or has any interest in Bible prophecy to watch them.
All the outdated computer references in the world cannot take away from some of the eternal truths as depicted in these videos.
The best along with a Thief In The Night Jul 6, 2004
What is wrong with everybody? Can't you see this is the truth? Whoever is reading this must understand that you don't need to go to church to become a true Christian. All you need to do is accept Jesus Christ and he'll do the rest. That's why these movies were made, to keep you from harm. God doesn't want that. These may have scared as a child, but that's no reason to give up your relationship with God. Look at me I'm fourteen, and you don't see me crying about it because these opened my eyes, and for whoever hasn't given up their relationship with God will understand too.
As the end times saga continues, David Michaels (William Wellman Jr.) escapes by the skin of his teeth when a strange, yet interesting woman named Connie rescues him from Unite. After meeting up with Linda (Lynda Beattie) and her daughter Jodie (Cathy Wellman), and Jimmie (Robert Chestnut) a deformed victim of the bomb the four set out to find salvation in the state of New Mexico where a certain Christian underground resistance network is working to destroy Unite. Someone is up to something which is obvious for the fact that Unite seems to keep finding them anywhere they go. Through mutated people of the atomic bomb, Unites evil forces, blood water, man eating vultures, betrayels, and the great Tribulation judgments, the four will come together to realize that there is more to life than just sitting around and waiting to die.
This is exactly what God doesn't want for you. He wants you to be with him in heaven where there is hope for us. This is not a place we want to stay forever or else he would've planned it that way. That's exactly what David was trying to tell everyone in the movie. Look at it this way. All the people who reject these films and exaggerate on their reviews about what happened afterwards are exactly like Patty in the first two movies of the series. They're trying to find anyway they can to not accept Christ because they really don't believe.
I will close with this. Even if you do miss the Rapture, and have to go through the great tribulation, it may be your own fault but he will still be waiting for you to accept him. Look at the series. Patty's friend Wenda from a Distant Thunder got saved after the Rapture, David got saved, Leslie and Billie from the Image of the Beast got saved, and Jimmie and Jodi from the Prodigal Planet got saved too. Take a good look at reality. It just might look you back.
Child Abuse May 6, 2004
My loving parents forced me to see this entire series at the impressionable age of 9. It is disturbing enough to see any sort of scary movie at that age, but to be told that what you are seeing is real and will happen at any moment...Let's just say I didn't sleep for months. Whenever my parents left the house without telling me beforehand, I would cower in the corner, fully convinced that I had missed the rapture and would now be forced to endure a world of giant locust-men, a sun that would scorch people with fire, man-eating vultures, bloody faced anarchists in black robes, and a government that wanted to decapitate me with a guillotine. On one such instance, I even got a buture knife from the kitchen and held it to my throat, wondering if I should kill myself in order to avoid the tribulation to come. My childhood exposure to these movies played no small role in the deep-seated loathing I have for Christianity today. I urge all well-intentioned but misguided Christian parents who have access to these movies: PLEASE DO NOT SHOW THESE MOVIES TO YOUR CHILDREN! To do so is child abuse.