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Absolution (1978)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  1981 (UK)
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At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard. In confession, Stanfield tells ... See full summary »

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At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard. In confession, Stanfield tells Goddard that he has accidentally murdered his friend Blakey and buried him in the forest. When Goddard investigates the matter, he finds a buried scarecrow. Goddard is outraged, but, due to the seal of confession, he knows he cannot expel Stanfield. Shortly after, Stanfield once again enters the confession booth, telling Goddard that what before was a practical joke, he has now made happen. In disbelief, Goddard once again goes to the forest to investigate the matter. This time, he discovers Blakey's dead body. The plot soon thickens as Stanfield's fellow student Arthur Dyson mysteriously disappears... Written by Anonymous

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One man, two boys... one deadly game. See more »


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An 'ending' movie with no good ending
14 September 2003 | by (Premiere Video (Dallas, Tx)) – See all my reviews

Penned by Anthony Shaffer, who also wrote the screenplay for the amazing film, ‘The Wicker Man', ‘Absolution' had a similar feel to it. The pacing was intentionally slow, but mysterious, making the end all the more powerful and memorable. It worked very well in ‘The Wicker Man'. Here, however, the twist was pretty lame and illogical, and it almost seemed comical. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that I felt as someone in the writing room threw this ending out, and it only made it in the movie because no one could think of something better. As a payoff I found it to be slightly insulting. I focus so much of my attention on the ending because the whole movie is in the last five minutes. Every other part of the movie is fine. Solid acting, a script that set up the ending beautifully, and Billy Connolly was a great casting choice, but all that lost when the writer hit a block. Since the whole movie was in the ending, I would have to say this is one to stay away from, unless you're a Billy Connolly fan, in which case just watch the bits where he's in. Rating: 21/40


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