Ticket to Heaven (1981)


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In this Canadian film, Nick Mancusco plays an impressionable youth who tries to find an emotional balm by joining a religious sect. The first portion of the film details Mancusco's indoctrination into the group. The remaining portion concerns the efforts made by Mancusco's parents to locate their thoroughly brainwashed son.


Critic Reviews for Ticket to Heaven

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Like a strident TV-news exposé, Ticket aims for the jugular instead of the mind -- Geraldo Rivera moviemaking.

Apr 7, 2015 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
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Though sometimes didactic and clichéd, this first feature by Canadian director Ralph Thomas has a raw power that makes it work as both message and drama.

Apr 7, 2015 | Full Review…

All fairly predictable stuff, but delivered without too much sensationalism, strong on showing how the apparently harmless cult insidiously undermines the man's confidence and independence.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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What makes the film so interesting is that it's not just a docudrama, not just a sensationalist expose, but a fully realized drama that involves us on the human level as well as with its documentary material.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Ticket to Heaven is an absorbing, frightening, entirely believable movie, which is particularly amazing in view of its subject matter.

Aug 30, 2004

The issue is treated in surprisingly black-and-white terms, with little insight into just what happens to the bright young hero during his indoctrination.

Apr 7, 2015 | Full Review…

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