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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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Dr. Sebastian Melmoth
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G.O.D.
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Armageddon T. Thunderbird
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Eddie Parks
Stephanie Ross
Richard A. Roth
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John J. Koshel
Peter Koshel
Lynda Chase ...
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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 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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According to the Astral Research website, when theatrically released, "Some Christians tried to condemn the film as blasphemous". See more »

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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 »

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Brother Ambrose: Doubts are about the only certainties I have right now, yes.
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Probably one of the most underrated comedies of its age.
5 March 2006 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

This Feldman production is not the greatest comedy ever made, but Feldman co-wrote, directed, and starred in this Feldman-at-the-Helm vehicle. It truly showcases his talents as no other movie before it had.

While it does attempt to do too much, the attempt is not a waste. Feldman merely aimed his sights at Blazing Saddles and made the attempt. It pokes fun at Christians and all organized religion, the pop-culture of the time, contemporary ideologies, the action-driven cop shows of the age, and itself. This is one of those wonderful movies which knows it's a movie and never takes itself too seriously.

Feldman is Father Ambrose is the outcast of the monastery. When the archdiocese decides they must have more money from the outside world, or shut its doors, Father Ambrose is chosen to leave the familiar world of hard benches and stone floors, and venture out in search of their salvation. Ironic in that "salvation" is supposed to be their specialty.

There are some wonderful cameos by Richard Pryor as God, Andy Kauffman, and Peter Boyle.

Along the way, Ambrose discovers what he's been missing out on all those years cloistered in a hermetic order, and processes new information which enables him to rethink his choice from an informed perspective. He finds laughter; he finds that while men are corrupt, MAN is decent at heart; and he finds himself. All in all a very endearing, if dated, work.

It rates a 6.6/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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