In God We Tru$t (1980)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  26 September 1980 (USA)
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Raised in a Trappist monastery, the innocent Brother Ambrose sets out to find money to save the bankrupt monastery. His education in worldliness is provided by a hooker. He eventually ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Sebastian Melmoth
Abbot Thelonious
Severn Darden ...
Eddie Parks
Stephanie Ross
Richard A. Roth
Barbara Ann Grimes ...
(as Barbara Ann Walters)
John J. Koshel
Peter Koshel
Lynda Chase ...
(as Lynda Chase-Chankin)
Bob Yerkes ...
(as Brayton 'Bob' Yerkes)


Raised in a Trappist monastery, the innocent Brother Ambrose sets out to find money to save the bankrupt monastery. His education in worldliness is provided by a hooker. He eventually petitions G.O.D. for the cash. Written by Lyte

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This is Brother Ambrose. Lead him not into temptation. For he's sure to follow.




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26 September 1980 (USA)  »

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Gimme That Prime Time Religion  »

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The name of Dr. Sebastian Melmoth (Peter Boyle)'s mobile ministry was "Doctor Melmoth's Traveling Church". See more »


Whilst Brother Ambrose is holding onto the crane hook and being lifted into the air a support wire is visible, attached from the hook to the front top of Brother Ambrose's habit. See more »


Mary: It may not be the best of all possible worlds, but it's the only damn one we've got.
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Very funny and biting
8 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Religious types hate this movie and have tried to bury it with poor ratings. (Unfortunately, they've largely succeeded.) An example is the Blockbuster 1996 Movie Guide, which gives it one star (out of five) while, for example, giving the over-the-top, outrageously homo-erotic religious pic Ben Hur four-and-a-half stars.

Despite all the religious disinformation, this is a very well written, funny film. Marty Feldman is very good as Brother Ambrose, a painfully innocent monk cast into the devil's playground of L.A.; Peter Boyle is likewise good as Rev. Melmouth, a low-budget Jerry Falwell who takes advantage of Ambrose; and Louise Lasser does her best work since "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" as the heart-of-gold hooker who saves Ambrose from his religiously induced misery (to Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus").

In the end, the film does wuss out somewhat (no details -- I don't want to spoil it) -- it is a Hollywood film after all -- but it's still a stinging indictment of religious arrogance and hypocrisy.

If you're smart enough to resent the intrusive, authoritarian religious nuts who want to control your life (and everyone else's), you'll probably enjoy this film.

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