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Motion Picture Purgatory: TICKET TO HEAVEN (1981)

There’s cult movies, and then there’s CULT movies, if you know what I mean. Ralph L. Thomas’ fascinating and often intense peek inside the indoctrination rituals of religious cults was based on the non-fiction book expos├ę Moonwebs, which was about the San Francisco-based Moonies. Nick Mancuo leads a cast of young Canadians at the very end of the tax shelter era, and puts in perhaps a career-high performance as the susceptible David, a good ol’ Toronto boy who seems unable to escape the cult’s clutches. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles takes a look at this wild “cult” curio. Rick sez: