Salvation! (1987 film)

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Salvation!
Salvationposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Beth B
Produced by Beth B
Written by Beth B
Tom Robinson
Starring Stephen McHattie
Dominique Davalos
Exene Cervenka
Viggo Mortensen
Rockets Redglare
Music by New Order
Cinematography Francis Kenny
Edited by Elizabeth Kling
Distributed by Circle Films
Release dates
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time 80 min
Country  United States
Language English

Salvation! (also known as Salvation!: Have You Said Your Prayers Today?) is a 1987 film by Beth B, starring Viggo Mortensen, Exene Cervenka and Stephen McHattie. The film is a parody of televangelism released right after the real-life Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart scandals.[1]

The film was released on VHS, but not as yet on DVD.

The film tagline was "SEX. POWER. MONEY. All in the name of God."

Plot[edit]

McHattie plays Reverend Randall, a Staten Island-based televangelist who has been bilking his flock and secretly watches pornography while he is rehearsing his sermons in his stately home. Cervenka plays Rhonda Stample, a born again Christian. After Rhonda's non-believer husband, Jerome (Viggo Mortensen), loses his factory job, he and two cousins enlist Rhonda in a plot to entrap Rev. Randall in a sex scandal and blackmail him.

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack album was released on Factory Benelux/Les Disques du Crépuscule (catalogue TWI-774)[2] and Factory Australasia (catalogue FACT-182)[3] in February 1988.

Soundtrack[edit]

Salvation!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 1988
Genre Modern rock, alternative rock, post-punk, electronic
Label Factory Benelux/Les Disques du Crépuscule TWI-774
Factory Australasia FACT-182
Producer Various

Side A:

  1. New Order: "Salvation Theme"
  2. Jumpin' Jesus (Arthur Baker and Stuart Kimball, vocals by Stephen McHattie): "You Can't Blackmail Jesus"
  3. Cabaret Voltaire: "Twanky Party"
  4. New Order: "Touched by the Hand of God"
  5. Dominique* (Dominique Davalos): "Play The Beat"
  6. The Hood: "Nightmare"

Side B:

  1. New Order: "Let's Go"
  2. The Hood: "Salvation! Have You Said Your Prayers Today"
  3. Arthur Baker: "Come On"
  4. New Order: "Sputnik"
  5. Cabaret Voltaire: "Jesus Saves"
  6. New Order: "Skullcrusher"
  7. Dominique*: "Destroy All Evil"

CD editions include the 12" remix of "Touched By The Hand Of God".[4][5]

Singles from the soundtrack were The Hood "Salvation"/Jumpin' Jesus "You Can't Blackmail Jesus" (FAC 182)[3] and New Order "Touched By The Hand Of God" (FAC 193).[6]

Trivia[edit]

Exene Cervenka and Viggo Mortensen met on the film's set in 1986, and they married on July 8, 1987. On January 28, 1988, Cervenka gave birth to her only child, Henry Blake Mortensen. Mortensen and Cervenka separated in 1992, and were divorced in 1997.[7][8]

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