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End of Days
Directed by Peter Hyams
Produced by Armyam Bernstein
Bill Borden
Thomas Bliss
Written by Andrew W. Marlowe
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Gabriel Byrne
Robin Tunney
Kevin Pollak
Rod Steiger
Udo Kier
CCH Pounder
Music by John Debney
Distributed by Universal Studios (USA)
Buena Vista International (non-USA)
Release date(s) November 17, 1999 (USA)
Running time 122 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100,000,000 USD (estimated)
Gross revenue $211,989,043 (worldwide)

End of Days is a 1999 action/horror film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by Peter Hyams. It also featured Robin Tunney, Rod Steiger, Kevin Pollak, CCH Pounder, Udo Kier, and Gabriel Byrne as Satan. Schwarzenegger received a salary of $25 million for his role in the film.[1]

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Plot

In 1979, a newborn girl named Christine York is identified by Satanists—including her doctor, Dr. Abel, and her guardian, Mabel—as the one chosen to bear Satan's son during the last hour on New Year's Eve, 1999, due to a symbol on her arm. As she is being born, a priest in the Vatican witnesses a comet, described as the "Eye of God", heralding the birth of the one chosen to be the mother of Satan's child. The priest is then sent on a mission by the Pope to find and protect the girl from Satan's presence at all costs. However, a group of a few Vatican Knights (led by a corrupt cardinal) insist that she must be killed to prevent Satan's plans, to which most of the clergy (including the Pope) opposes, as they state that taking a life in an attempt to stop evil is sinful.

Twenty years later, near the end of 1999, retired cop Jericho Cane, in a constant state of depression since his wife and daughter were murdered by a hitman, is assigned to protect a Wall Street banker; Cane now works for an elite security and protection company. They are attacked by a priest named Thomas Aquinas, who is eventually captured and taken to a hospital. Unknown to Cane, Aquinas somehow knew the real identity of the banker—he has been possessed by Satan and now wields great powers. Satan locates Aquinas and brutally murders him, crucifying him on the ceiling. Cane and his co-worker/friend Bobby Chicago see a name amongst many other things scratched into Aquinas's skin, and after some guesswork, begin searching for Christine York.

Cane and Chicago find the now-adult York in her apartment and save her from the Vatican Knights (sent by the corrupted cardinal) who attempt to assassinate her. That evening, Chicago waits in a van while Cane discusses the recent happenings with York. Satan arrives and blows up the van, killing Chicago. As Cane and York try to flee, they are apprehended by Mabel, but Cane manages to overpower her. Outside, Marge, Cane's superior from his days in the police force, and another police officer—both Satanists—confront Cane, demanding York. Cane kills them both and he and York escape to a nearby church, seeking answers from a priest, Father Kovak.

Kovak soon realizes York and the banker's roles, and describes how at the end of every millennium, Satan will possess a man's body to consummate with the flesh of a preordained woman. If he succeeds in taking York he will have free rein over the world. After hearing that the only way to defeat Satan is to "have faith", Cane tries to persuade York to go into hiding with him but she prefers to stay with Kovak. Frustrated, Cane returns to his apartment and it is there that Satan meets with him and tries to tempt him with his lost family in order to make him reveal York's location. Cane resists and manages to throw Satan out of his apartment window. Chicago soon shows up, alive and well. Despite Cane's initial suspicion, they make a plan to retrieve York.

At the church, where Kovak and his clergy informs the Pope of York's location, he orders them to hide and protect her at all costs. Unfortunately, the Vatican Knights arrive again, holding Kovak and his clergy into custody while they try to kill York again. Before they could do it, Cane comes by and stops them, saving York and the clergy. Satan then appears and Cane runs away safely with York. The clergy, in an act of bravery, confronts Satan and trying to sent him back to Hell by using exorcism, but he pushes them off his way in a fury, as well as killing the Vatican Knights (including the corrupted cardinal) for trying to kill Christine. As Cane and York arrive outside, Chicago then betrays the two; he leaves with York while Cane is beaten by a mob of Satanists and left for dead. The next morning, Cane is found and rescued by Kovak (who actually survived from Satan's wrath, along with his clergy (except for one of his clergymen, who was impaled on the head with a cross by Satan while trying to repel him with it), due to having strong faith) and immediately arms himself heavily to resume his search for York. He notices a resurrected Marge and tails her to Satan's hideout. There, he manages to rescue Christine and kill Marge for the second time. Chicago steps in to stop Cane, revealing that Satan resurrected him in exchange for his help in capturing York. He manages to fight off Satan's influence after some persuasion by Cane; in retaliation, Satan burns him alive. Enraged, Cane opens fire on Satan and escapes with York in the ensuing chaos.

The two make their way through Satan's hideout and into a subway tunnel. They board a train and attempt to escape. Satan catches up with them and kills the conductor. In the ensuing fight, Cane launches an M203 grenade at Satan's body, buying time for him and York to escape. The banker's body is now irreparably damaged, and so Satan leaves it to find a new host.

Cane and York escape to the streets and into another church, where, he prays to God. Satan smashes through the floor and confronts Cane in his true form: a massive, demonic creature. He enters Cane's body and possesses him. Now controlled by the Devil, Cane attempts to rape York, but with the help of her begging words, he is able to fight Satan's control for a few seconds. Using what may be his only opportunity to redeem himself, Cane impales himself on the sword protruding from a fallen statue of Michael the Archangel, thus disabling his body for the few remaining seconds before midnight. At the stroke of midnight, the will of God frees Cane's body from Satan's control and sends Satan back to the depths of Hell forever. After being granted a vision of his wife and daughter smiling at him, Cane dies shortly thereafter peacefully. York thanks the deceased Cane for saving her life as New York celebrates the start of the year 2000.

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Reception

End of Days received mixed but mostly negative reviews with usually one positive point.[2][3][4] The reviews had no points in common, other than about 30% panning Schwarzenegger's performance.[2][3]

"End of Days" keeps asking whether faith or force will save the human race, before hedging its bets and insisting on both."[4]

It grossed $66,889,043 in the U.S. and around $212,000,000 worldwide[5], against a budget estimated to be between $80 million and $100 million. The film was slightly profitable because of its strong international numbers and DVD sales, but its final numbers were not what Universal Studios had hoped for.

The movie received Razzie nominations for Worst Actor (Schwarzenegger), Worst Director (Hyams) and Worst Supporting Actor (Byrne, also for Stigmata). It was a pre-nominee finalist for Worst Picture.

Soundtrack

End of Days OST
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released November 2, 1999
Genre Alternative metal, industrial rock, nu metal
Label Geffen
Professional reviews

The soundtrack to the film contained, for the most part, tracks by alternative metal and industrial rock bands. It also contains, the first single to be released by the "new line-up" of Guns N' Roses, the industrial rock track "Oh My God".

Track listing

  1. "Camel Song" - Korn
  2. "So Long" - Everlast
  3. "Slow" - Professional Murder Music
  4. "Crushed" - Limp Bizkit
  5. "Oh My God" - Guns N' Roses
  6. "Poison" - The Prodigy
  7. "Superbeast (Girl On A Motorcycle Mix)" - Rob Zombie
  8. "Bad Influence" - Eminem
  9. "Nobody's Real" - Powerman 5000
  10. "I Wish I Had" - Stroke
  11. "Sugar Kane" - Sonic Youth
  12. "Wrong Way" - Creed

See also

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

End of Days is a 1999 action/horror/fantasy film about a police officer who must protect a girl from Satan, who tries consummate her for the Antichrist.

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Jericho Cane

  • They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
  • Priest that drinks. Can't be all bad.
  • Easy with the hardware.
  • Between your faith and my Glock nine millimeter, I'll take the Glock.
  • [To Satan] You want to fuck with me? You think you know bad, huh? You're a FUCKING CHOIR BOY compare to me! A CHOIR BOY!!!
  • Fuck you!
  • I can do this all day long.
  • [Satan burns Chicago] You son of a bitch!
  • [praying to God] Please, give me strength.
  • Run.

Christine York

  • I've seen him in my dreams. They're nightmares, really. In the dreams, he takes me, and makes love to me.
  • Thank you.

Satan

  • Let me tell you something about Him. He is the biggest underachiever of all time. He just has a good publicist, that's all.
  • For a thousand years you've waited for my return. Behold, you have failed. And with your dying breath, you will bear witness to the End of Days.
  • You think I came here to hurt you? I didn't come here to hurt you. I came here to love you. Give yourself to me.
  • Where was God? He could have stopped it. Instead, He fucked you and made you feel guilty. Me, I don't do guilt.
  • Sometimes "Hell"... comes to "you".
  • Something good happens. "It's His will." Something bad happens. "He moves in mysterious ways."
  • I can stand the pain of being in church. How much pain can you bear?
  • [To a kid wearing a "Satan Rules" t-shirt] Nice shirt.
  • Jericho! How can you expect to defeat me when you are just a man and I am forever?!
  • [possessing Jericho] You have died for nothing. You just bought them time.

Others

  • Chicago: Honey, I'm home!
  • Chicago: You'd be amazed what you'll agree to when you're on fire. What makes you think you're going upstairs when this is all over? After the life you've led?
  • Father Kovak: We can't prevent evil by doing evil!

Dialogues

Jericho Cane: I was just pulling myself together.
Chicago: It's gonna take a lot more pulling. [opens the curtains] You are looking very sharp this morning.
Jericho Cane: Thanks.
Chicago: You're welcome. You got about five minutes to get ready. Here. There's enough caffeine in this to kill an elephant. Oughta get you started.
Jericho Cane: So what's today?
Chicago: Transport.
Jericho Cane: Anyone special?
Chicago: No, just some Wall Street scumbag.
Jericho Cane: Why the hell does he need all this protection?
Chicago: Well, I guess he fucked up with some people that he didn't like being fucked with.
Jericho Cane: Personally, I like scumbags. They pay better.

Thomas Aquinas: Oculus Dei! A thousand years has ended! The Dark Angel is loosed from his prison!
Jericho Cane: Get down on the ground and put your hands behind your head.
Thomas Aquinas: You don't know what you've done!
Jericho Cane: Get down or I'll put you down!
Thomas Aquinas: A thousand years has ended! You don't know what you've done!
[Jericho shoots Aquinas in the legs]

Chicago: She doesn't look happy with the statements.
Jericho Cane: Should've just killed that son of a bitch. Less paperwork.
Chicago: Yeah. Hey, Detective.
Marge Francis: Bobby. Hey, Jer, it's been a while.
Jericho Cane: Hey. How are you, Marge?
Marge Francis: Can't complain. You? It's a nice day to jump out of a helicopter.
Jericho Cane: Well, just doing my job.
Marge Francis: Now, listen. Something I gotta ask you.
Jericho Cane: Yeah, what is it?
Marge Francis: You still drinking?
Chicago: Oh, yeah, we got all liquored up this morning. We start every day that way.
Marge Francis: I'm just reading his statement. You said here the guy spoke to you?
Jericho Cane: Yeah, so what?
Marge Francis: The guy doesn't have a tongue.
Chicago: What?
Jericho Cane: He has no tongue?
Marge Francis: Why don't I just leave that little detail out for now. No big deal, right?
Jericho Cane: Are you saying that I imagined all this?!
Marge Francis: No, I'm just saying.
Jericho Cane: I saved a life today! What the hell did you do?!
Chicago: All right, let it go.
Jericho Cane: No, no. I know what I heard.
Chicago: All right.

Jericho Cane: Oh, it's us.
Marge Francis: Jesus! How the hell did you two find this place.
Jericho Cane: Lucky guess. So what did you find out?
Marge Francis: His name's Thomas Aquinas. He's a priest.
Jericho Cane: Why don't you tell us something we don't know?
Chicago: A homicidal priest. That's good.
Marge Francis: Yeah? Well, it gets better. He studied at the Vatican. He was one of their alleged visionaries. Cane here in '81 to St. John's Church downtown. Six months ago, he disappeared. Priest there say he was having a spiritual crisis.
Chicago: Oh, yeah. That's what this is about. Spiritual crisis.
Jericho Cane: Doesn't make any sense. What's a priest doing shooting at a Wall Street banker?
Marge Francis: A Wall Street banker, by the way, who suddenly disappeared.
Chicago: Maybe we should ask the girl.
Marge Francis: What girl?
Chicago: Uh, the guy. The guy, priest guy.

Father Kovak: You think you've seen everything? There's a whole world you've never dreamed of. Thomas saw it, and it destroyed him.
Jericho Cane: I've seen a lot, but nothing would ever make me cut out my tongue.
Father Kovak: Wait a few days.

Father Kovak: Do you believe in God?
Jericho Cane: Maybe once, not anymore.
Father Kovak: What happened?
Jericho Cane: We had a difference of opinion. I thought my wife and daughter should live. He felt otherwise.

Dr. Abel: It's you. I didn't...
Satan: Where is she?
Dr. Abel: The girl is safe.
Satan: And what of the world?
Dr. Abel: Everything is as planned. Our acts go unnoticed, unquestioned. We're everywhere.
Evie: Daddy, who is it?
Satan: Is this your daughter?
Dr. Abel: Yes.
Satan: And this is your wife?
Dr. Abel: Yes.

Christine York: [after seeing worms in an apple] I'm sorry. I have a medical condition. Sometimes, I see things that aren't there.
Jericho Cane: No, I saw it too.

[Marge and a police officer shoot Jericho]
Jericho Cane: Jesus, Marge! What the fuck?!
Marge Frances: It's okay, Jer. We just want the girl.
...
Police officer: Hands on your head.
Jericho Cane: What?
Police officer: Hands on your head. Now!
Jericho Cane: What do you want with her, Marge, huh? Why is she so important?
Marge Francis: Just the girl. You can kill him.
[Jericho shoots Marge and a police officer.]

Jericho Cane: Why don't you stop all this church talk and tell us what the hell is going on? Who's after her?
Father Kovak: Well, if you'll excuse me, I'll try to explain. You know anything about the number of the beast? Revelation of St. John from his dream?
Christine York: 6-6-6?
Father Kovak: The number of the beast is not 6-6-6. Often in dreams, numbers appear upside down and backwards. So, 6-6-6 becomes 9-9-9. Like in 1999, the year of his return.
Christine York: What does that have to do with me?
Father Kovak: Regressus diaholi: The return of Satan. Does any of this look familiar to you?
[Christine shows her birthmark.]
Father Kovak: She's been chosen. He's in her blood. The Holy Church has been searching for you since the day you were born.
Christine York: Chosen for what?
Father Kovak: Every thousand years, on the eve of the millennium, the Dark Angel comes and takes a body, and then he walks the Earth looking for a woman who will bear his child. It all has to happen in that unholy hour before midnight on New Year's Eve. If he consummates your flesh with this body, then he unlocks the gate of Hell and everything we know it ceases to exist.
Jericho Cane: So, the Prince of Darkness wants to conquer the Earth, but has to wait until an hour before midnight on New Year's Eve? Is this Eastern time?
Father Kovak: It's got nothing to do with New Year's Eve. It has to do with a temporary celestial alignment. The Gregorian monks studied the heavens. They were able to calculate the precise moment of this event. They created our calendar by mapping this event and counting backwards from that moment.
Jericho Cane: It was a mistake to come here.
Father Kovak: It doesn't matter whether you believe or not. He's real and he won't rest till he finds this girl.
Christine York: Why did he pick me?
Father Kovak: Because the stars were right when you were born. A man's body was also chosen, just like yours.
Jericho Cane: If the devil does exist, why doesn't your god do anything?
Father Kovak: It's not my God. It's out God, and He doesn't say that He will save us. He says that we will save ourselves.
Christine York: Save myself? What am I supposed to do? Get a restraining order?
Father Kovak: We have to have faith.
Jericho Cane: Faith.
Father Kovak: Yes, faith. It's an interesting concept. If you read the Bible, you can't miss it. Faith!

Jericho Cane: Who the fuck are you?
Satan: Oh, I think you know who I am. You just don't want to believe it.
Jericho Cane: I took a bullet for you. I protected you.
Satan: Oh, no-no-no. You didn't protect me. You protected this body. Am I... Am I getting a pattern here? So much pain. "Not to be taken with alcohol." Remember that. To lose a wife and child. I can't even imagine what that must be like.
Jericho Cane: What do you want?
Satan: To make you happy again.

Satan: Now you're making me upset. You don't want to see me upset.
Jericho Cane: You want to fuck with me? You think you know bad, huh? You're a FUCKING CHOIR BOY compared to me! A CHOIR BOY!!!
Satan: You're in touch with your anger. I admire that. Well, I don't know about you, but I'm going to have a drink.

Satan: All you gotta do is grab my hand and I'll take everything back He took away.
Jericho Cane: Okay, okay, okay.
[Jericho tries to grab Satan's hand but grabs him in the back]
Jericho Cane: Fuck you!
[He tosses Satan to the car from his apartment]

Jericho Cane: [somewhat surprised] You're bleeding!
Chicago: Of course I'm bleeding! You fucking shot me!
Jericho Cane: I just needed to find out!
Chicago: Well, you found out, okay?!
Jericho Cane: Stop being such a pussy!
Chicago: Pussy? Come on!
Jericho Cane: It's just a scratch.
Chicago: Oh, Christ.
Jericho Cane: Does it hurt?
Chicago: Yeah, what do you think? Jesus. What the hell's matter with you? What's going on?
Jericho Cane: I can't explain it.

Jericho Cane: No one move or I'll kill the girl.
Christine York: What are you doing?
Jericho Cane: Trust me.
Satan: You're not gonna kill her.
Jericho Cane: You said it yourself. I have a dark heart.
Satan: Then stand with me!
Jericho Cane: I'll tell you what. You let us both out of here and I'll stand wherever you want. [Satan moves] Step back or I'll pull the trigger.
Satan: I didn't want to kill you, but now you leave me no choice.

Christine York: I'd feel better if you'd show me how to use one of these things. I want to do something. Let me help.
Jericho Cane: All right. Here. You take the gun. Line up the sight with your target. Beware the recoil. Here's the magazine. Put it in. Load. Only pull the trigger when you're ready...
[Christine shoots a Satanist]
Christine York: Like that?
Jericho Cane: Yeah, like that.

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