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End of Days [DVD] [1999]

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Gabriel Byrne , Peter Hyams    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, CCH Pounder
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Andrew W. Marlowe
  • Producers: Andrew W. Marlowe, Armyan Bernstein, Bill Borden, Marc Abraham, Paul Deason
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TBUF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,518 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



After a two-year hiatus that included recovery from heart surgery, Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to the big screen at the end of 1999 with End of Days, a Christmas turkey if ever there was one. Overcooked and bloated with stuffing, this ludicrous thriller attached itself to the end-of-the-millennium furore. The prologue begins in 1979 with panic in the Vatican when a comet signals the birth of a child who will, 20 years later, become the chosen bride of Satan, destined to conceive the devil's spawn between 11 p.m. and midnight on December 31, 1999. It's hard to decide who has the more thankless role--Robin Tunney as Satan's would-be bride, or Schwarzenegger as Jericho Cane, the burned-out alcoholic bodyguard assigned to protect the girl from Satan, billed as "The Man" and played with cheesy menace (and an inconsistent variety of metaphysical manifestations) by Gabriel Byrne.

With kitsch character names like Jericho and Chicago (Arnie's partner, played by Kevin Pollack) and lapses in logic that any five-year-old could spot, End of Days is a loud, aggravating movie that would be entertaining if it were intended as comedy. But Schwarzenegger and director Peter Hyams approach the story as an earnest tale of redemption and tested faith, delivering a ridiculous climax full of special effects and devoid of dramatic impact. You're left instead to savour the verbal and physical sparring between Satan and Jericho, resulting in the most thorough pummelling Schwarzenegger's ever endured on screen. Of course he eventually gets his payback, just in time for New Year's Eve. Perhaps he was touched by an angel? --Jeff Shannon

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Ex-cop-turned-bodyguard Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger) stumbles across a demonic state of affairs when he prevents the assassination of his Wall Street employer (Gabriel Byrne). It transpires that Cane's boss is none other than Satan himself, come to impregnate a young woman named Christine York (Robin Tunney) - who was secretly anointed by a satanic cult at birth - on the eve of the new millennium and so bring about the end of days foretold in the Book of Revelation. With the help of his partner, Chicago (Kevin Pollak), Cane now attempts to protect Christine from both Satan and a group of priests who believe that her death is the only way to halt Armageddon.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Faith Or A Glock 9 Millimetre? 28 Nov 2010
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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End Of Days is directed by Peter Hyams and written by Andrew W. Marlowe. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger, Udo Kier & CCH Pounder.

It's the end of the Millennium and as 1999 draws to a close Satan (in human form played by Gabriel Byrne) is in town and looking for his bride. That bride is Christine York (Tunney), who 20 years earlier on her birthday had been chosen by Satanists to be the one for the spawning of the anti-Christ. Enter retired cop Jericho Cane (Schwarzenegger), a suicidal security expert whose family were murdered, who after being hired to protect an every day business man finds himself in a battle with evil itself. It's not just the fate of poor Christine that's now in his hands, but that of mankind too.

Arnold versus The Devil, you couldn't make it up could you? Well actually "they" did, but hey, what's wrong with pitting modern cinemas action super star against man's ultimate enemy? The answer is nothing wrong with it at all; as long as the expectation level is set at brain left at the door for some mindless popcorn fun. Which when one sees the premise on offer is all one can surely expect to see. Surely? Budgeted at $100 million by Universal Studios, of which $25 million went on the Austrian Oak's salary, End Of Days, contrary to beliefs, made over double that when all sales were factored in. However, it was still a poor return for such a big block-buster and Universal were most disappointed in the returns. As was Schwarzenegger himself, who was hoping to launch a big movie come back after a run of sub standard movies had seen his stock fall. Throw in the Razzie nominations for Schwarzenegger, Byrne (who was also up for Stigmata) and Hyams, and it doesn't make particularly inspiring reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected 7 July 2000
Even the most jaded viewer of action films, tired of every new entry in the genre attempting to top the last, must have given a wry smile when they heard about this one. The producers and writer could surely have needed only a three line pitch for the studios - "Arnie versus Satan" - and waited for the money to fall at their feet. In the scale of things, this kicks the legendary bout between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris (in the Colosseum, too!) in Game of Death into submission. This is it. The big one.
Yet curiously, for the most part, "End of Days" is barely an action film at all. Rather than the spectre of classic Arnie films that have blighted many of his recent lacklustre efforts, the film consciously brings to mind the classic satanic horror films of the 1970s, and most of all Alex de Inglasias's more recent superlative horror comedy, "Day of the Beast". This critically-lauded yet sadly relatively obscure gem featured a priest who deciphered exactly when Satan would return to Earth, yet crucially, failed to find out where, forcing him to embark on a diabolical rampage in the hope of attracting him.
In this film, Arnie is a bodyguard who has to protect a young unknowingly pre-destined to bear the devil's child. A gimmicky, rushed Millennium setting aside, the premise gives the film-makers a lot to work with. The opening, in which a priest tells the Pope of his discovery, reminds one of "The Exorcist", delivered with a fragile mood and subtlety, rather than bludgeoning the audience with a heavy-handed score or adding wam-bam action scenes. Before cutting to the present day, it leads to a highly uncomfortable scene in which Satan's future target is chosen. It involves a baby and a knife. And a snake. And blood. And its ominous as hell.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good film 25 Jan 2005
By Mr
The story was quite original, filled with alot of great action sequences, the effects were good also. Gabriel Byrne obviously had a HELL of a good time acting as the man who played host to the Devil.
I thought Arnie was very good in his role as well - he showed his human acting side - he wasn't indestructible like he is in some films. I think for what Arnie does in his films his acting suits, so that may mean he's one of the best actors of our generation - who knows?
A very good film with 2 great lead performances and an emotional ending - worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Choirboy!.... 13 Mar 2014
In 1979, an innocent newborn girl is secretly patronised by Satanists. Twenty years later, she has developed into a young woman, who is haunted by dreams about one strange man.

Meanwhile, private security guard Jericho takes down an old and homeless priest, who tried to shoot Jericho's customer, a successful Wall Street Banker.

What Jericho does not know is that Satan himself roams the Streets of New York in order to mate with the chosen girl.

If he fails to do so in the last hour before the next millennium, his only chance to get out of his eternal prison is gone and he has to wait another thousand years.

Now it is up to atheist Jericho to find the girl before Satan does and protect her from harm. But Jericho does not have a clue who he's up against...

Now for a comeback movie, Arnold versus Satan is a very interesting proposition, but unlike his other movies, this is a very dark movie, and his Jericho is a haunted character from the word go.

So if you are looking for the one liner spouting Arnold from True Lies and T2, you maybe a little disappointed.

The stands on his own merits, despite the fact that it's 'an Arnie movie'. The story is good and carries the narrative well, and Byrne is fantastically straight as the man himself. He could have gone all out over the top, but keeps it thankfully straight.

Arnold is Arnold, just a little more depressed, and the film has a very glum feel to it, despite it being set in NY in probably the most important date event in our lifetime.

And this is the films problem, the film was outdated more or less as soon as it was released, but it does a great job of playing on our 'pre millennial tensions' throughout.

A good movie, one of those films that is fun to watch every now and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Schwarzenegger, Satan, Apocalypse & A Glock 9 Millimetre
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Region 2, Running time 117 minutes approx.

1)Guillermo Del Toro, Marcus Nispel & Sam Raimi were all approached to direct this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by timelord007
4.0 out of 5 stars All action Arnie
Silly apocalyptic millenium tale but lots of fun. Worth watching for the scene of Arnie wrestling with the wonderful Miriam Margolyes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Choir Mum
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really the ultimate battle of Good verus Evil, but still a...
End Of Days follows a character who is paid to protect certain people, only when he protects and takes a bullet for somebody who is paying for his services, does he decide to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sklar
4.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the Devil
You've got to feel sorry for poor old Lucifer. I mean, what are the chances? The Prophecy says that he can rule the world IF he can find a woman in a three hours window on New... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars not bad movie
I love classic horror film better than now new because new always same remake old so why remake old film is brilliant only need some to make remake like Dracula black and white
Published 3 months ago by christopher feeley
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have classic
Delivery came really fast.The item is as described.
This title is classic from 90's.Picture and sound quality are perfect. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miroslav Filipov
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite films ever!
This is one of my favorite films ever. It's got a good blend of dark horror and action in it and Arnold's acting is very good in it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by PurpleRain3121
1.0 out of 5 stars A pile of s***.
A pile of s***. Don't waste your time this is truly utter nonsense on a monumental scale. It really deserves no stars, but I'm forced to award it one.
Published 5 months ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Arnold has a gem for the third millennium in End of Days.
May prove too dark to make the list of Schwarzenegger's biggest hits. But the movie suggests the actor still has a lot to offer -- and he's willing to take some chances, too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by danhasthespeed
5.0 out of 5 stars End of Days
A different role for 'Arnie." Enjoyed the plot. Makes a nice change. I have loaned it to family to see what they thought. They enjoyed it.
Published 7 months ago by Frank Carl Tuson
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