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The Rapture is a 1991 film starring Mimi Rogers and David Duchovny. Rogers plays Sharon, a woman in LA who works in a boring job by day and lives a swinging lifestyle by night. Finding both empty, she is intrigued when she overhears some co-workers discussing the prophesied end of the world, involving the Rapture where true believers will be taken bodily up to heaven. After learning more, she becomes convinced their belief is true, becoming a born-again Christian. She tells Randy, a fellow swinger, and converts him as well. Six years later, the pair are married with a daughter and active in their church. However, tragedy strikes, and Sharon's world begins to unravel...

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  • Caught Up in the Rapture: The evangelical church Sharon and Randy join believes this will happen. At the end of the film, they're proven right.
  • Crisis of Faith: Sharon undergoes one after her husband's senseless murder. It only gets worse from there.
  • Easy Evangelism: Sharon easily becomes a born-again Christian, but it's somewhat justified as she felt her current life was empty. Randy however is also easily converted, though he initially resisted.
  • God Is Evil: Sharon comes to believe this. The film indicates otherwise though, since not only believers but atheists get a chance to enter heaven if they simply accept God. Sharon is only left out by her own choice.
  • The Hedonist: Sharon, Randy and the other swingers. Sharon is tired of the lifestyle though and becomes a Christian, bringing Randy with her.
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  • Hollywood Atheist: Zigzagged. Randy is initially an atheist who defends his hedonistic swinger lifestyle by saying it's a biological imperative for humans to have sex. Then he converts to evangelical Christianity almost effortlessly when Sharon tells him about the idea. Later, we meet Foster, who says he's been an atheist all of his life but is a normal, morally upright man who converts after seeing really good evidence.
  • Mundane Afterlife: The purgatory-like place Sharon ends up in is a vast empty, featureless desert.
  • Nay-Theist: Sharon becomes one after her husband and daughter die, believing that God abandoned them.
  • Never My Fault: Sharon comes off this way after murdering her daughter, blaming it all on God.
  • Offing the Offspring: Sharon murders her daughter to hasten her entry to heaven.
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  • Pride: Sharon's Fatal Flaw. According to Roger Ebert:
    Everything she does is consistent with the fundamentalist view of how the world will end. There is even an argument for the shocking act she commits, several weeks into her vigil, although of course it is wrong - inspired by the sin of pride, of thinking she knows God's plans.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Sharon denounces God after she kills her daughter.
  • Real After All: At first it seems like Sharon's beliefs are destructive and misplaced, causing a terrible tragedy. Then they get confirmed at the end of the film.
  • Really Gets Around: Sharon at the start of the film given her swinger lifestyle, plus her boyfriend, Randy and the other swingers seen.
  • Religion Is Right: At first it seems like Sharon's beliefs are not only wrong, but delusional and destructive. By the end of the film, the rapture really does happen.
  • Self-Inflicted Hell: Sharon refuses to enter heaven, even if she can see her daughter and husband again, remaining in an empty desert place by herself forever, just because she's angry with God.
  • Suicide Is Shameful: After she kills her daughter, Sharon can't go through with killing herself, no doubt due to the belief she'll go to hell rather than heaven.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Sharon is basically Job questioning God at the end. Unlike him though, she doesn't reconcile with God.
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