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Mass Appeal (1984)

PG | | Drama | 14 December 1984 (USA)
A popular Connecticut priest shields a seminary rebel from the wrath of a stern monsignor.

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Mark Dolson
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Monsignor Thomas Burke
Louise Latham ...
Margaret
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Mrs. Hart
Helene Heigh ...
Mrs. Hart's mother
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Marion Hart
James Ray ...
Father De Nicola
Lois De Banzie ...
Mrs. Dolson
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Liz Dolson
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Mr. Dolson
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Mr. Jennings
Allison Caine ...
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Salvatore Fitzgerald
John Devlin ...
Choir Leader
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A popular Connecticut priest shields a seminary rebel from the wrath of a stern monsignor.

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Somewhere between laughter and tears, they found something to believe in.

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The movie's source "Mass Appeal" play by Bill C. Davis was a two-hander i.e. it featured only two characters, Father Farley and Deacon Dolson, played in the film by Jack Lemmon and Zeljko Ivanek respectively. The movie also features a number of other characters in the opening up of the stage play for the big screen. See more »

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Father Tim Farley: You're a lunatic! And Christ NEEDS lunatics. But the trouble with lunatics is, they don't know how to survive.
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This film never gets old.
29 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As yet another "lapsed Catholic," I can say that I loved this film when I first saw it 20 years ago. And today, given the current state of the Catholic Church in America, it is even more relevant. The issue of homosexuality in the priesthood is raised, and handled in a sensible way. "Celibacy is celibacy.....even if your thing is goats." Were only the Vatican of 2005 so sensible. But the strength of the movie is a glimpse into the life of a parish priest. A flawed man...certainly...in many ways. But who among us is not flawed in some way. Not a particularly profound movie. But an entertaining one; and one which does raise issues for Catholics (and lapsed Catholics) to think about. For me, if I lived near St. Francis, I would probably stop. For the dialogue sermon.....and the Maryknoll Marionettes.


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