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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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Brigadier Walsh
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Father Matthews
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Father Henryson
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Mr. Gladstone
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Louella
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First Policeman
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Second Policeman
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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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Producer Elliott Kastner was made aware of this film's Anthony Shaffer script by actor Richard Burton who had apparently waited several years to play the lead part of Father Goddard. See more »

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Nothing anticipates what's coming on next...Surprising...
19 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Richard Burton is an excellent actor, and I agree with somebody who has already given a comment on this movie that this is the kind of role that fits him best ( let's remember The Heretic, a.k.a. The Exorcist II, in which he was one of the few asserts).

What makes this movie so special is that it contains elements of murder mystery (obviously, and most of all because there's suspected murder) and gothic horror genres of the 19th century ( long dark hallways of an old catholic school in the middle of the dense woods, along with noises at night seemingly coming out of nowhere, and the constant feeling of the characters that they're being followed). It somehow reminds me of the giallo being made in Italy during the 70's( well, actually, a lot, specially because there's no hint to what's going to happen next, and there's just a lot coming up each moment, which was characteristic in GOOD giallos, because there were lots of them, which leads us to think that it was worldwide popular). The tension never stops to build stronger and stronger, until the end, when it's almost ubearable. It bears the atmosphere of a folk ghost tale at 75% of it's length (check out the banjo music at the beginning), and at the end, It concludes as an Edgar Allan Poe esque tale, where root of evil is revealed, but it's too late for victims to do something about it, as they already became involved up their necks. You suspect of everything: ghosts, a murderer, the main character's own madness, a set up.....Until the very end.

There's another movie called "Dominique" that was made around that time, which bears the same dramatic elements, but is not as good, but will still make a great double feature for a rainy night alone at home...

As they say: " Save it for a rainy day"...

Desperately waiting for It's release on DVD. Maybe it never got the attention it deserved because there's no gore, and as far as violence, it's only implied....Absolutely does the trick without being too noisy, or gory, or hollywoodly expensive about it...Great!!!!


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