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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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Arthur Dyson (as Dai Bradley)
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Headmaster
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Brigadier Walsh
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Father Hibbert
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Father Matthews
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Father Clarence
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Father Piers
Robin Soans ...
Father Henryson
Trevor Martin ...
Mr. Gladstone
Sharon Duce ...
Louella
Brian Glover ...
First Policeman
Dan Meaden ...
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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One man, two boys... one deadly game. See more »


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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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Quite Good
1 September 2004 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

The beginning is slightly boring but as you get into the film it twists and turns many times giving a great ending. Burton being one of the best actors of all time, gave a brilliant performance. From the tag line and the description of the film, I didn't think it was going to be a good as it was. The ending was unexpected, so i believe it to be very well written, very well cast and very well directed. This is a must for any Burton fan. I give it a rating of 3 out of 5


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