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.
PG (adult situations)
Art House & International , Drama
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Meg Foster
as Ingrid
Kim Cattrall
as Ruthie
R.H. Thomson
as Linc Strunc
Guy Bond
as Eric
Guy Boyd
as Eric
Paul Soles
as Morley
Harvey Atkin
as Mr. Stone
Robert Joy
as Patrick
Patrick Brymer
as Dr. Dryer
Denise Naples
as Bonnie
Gina Dick
as Sandy
Margot Dionne
as Sharing Group
Claire Pimparé
as Sharing Group
Lynne Kolber
as Sharing Group
Lyn Harvey
as Sharing Group
Josh Freed
as Sharing Group
Doris Petrie
as Mrs. Foster
David Main
as Businessman
Les Rubie
as Short-Order Cook
Sandra Gies
as Airport Bookseller
Susan Hannon
as Nanny at Mansion
Marie-Lynn Hammond
as Singer at Mansion
Paul Booth
as Musician
Charlie Gray
as Musician
Brian Leonard
as Musician
Ron Nigrini
as Musician
Craig Stephens
as Musician
Grant Slater
as Musician
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Critic Reviews for Ticket to Heaven

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Christian Science Monitor

It's no barrel of laughs, but there are flashes of humour to lighten the load.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Ticket to Heaven

"It shows a character going through an emotional roller coaster ride and I always enjoy a movie that puts that much emphasis on a main character." Read the entire movie review at this url: http://www.coolmovieguy.com/2011/12/ticket-to-heaven.html

Damien Valley
Damien Valley

What makes the movie absolutely spellbinding is that it shows us not only how a young man is recruited into the 'religious' group, but how anyone could be indoctrinated into one of the many cults in America today.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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