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Mass Appeal (1984)

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John C. Becher ...
Mr. Jennings
Allison Caine ...
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Christopher Carroll ...
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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14 December 1984 (USA)  »

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Two major supporting roles for the film were added to the story which were not in the "Mass Appeal" stage play. These were the housekeeper and monsignor characters, played by Louise Latham and Charles Durning respectively. 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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Regrettably underrated and underwatched film
4 July 2001 | by (Midwest, USA) – See all my reviews

I consider this film to be a real little gem -- unlike the original Broadway production. Its premises ring true and the ensemble acting is superb. Lemmon and Ivanek are extremely well matched as lost or submerged parts of the other in this cautionary tale about mainstream religion straining at the limits of its ability to accommodate and hold accountable truths found in the "wider" world. Lemmon's performance, especially, is artless and memorable, avoiding sentimentality and undue predictability. It is most unfortunate that in the days after Lemmon's death that no reviewer of his oeurve decided to cite this film or show clips from it in describing the actor's versatility and "every-manness." It should not be missed; so compelling is the uneasy and finally transformative relationship between the two men that one is left wondering what happens to both priest and seminarian in the years that follow. Rent this of a Sunday afternoon when you're longing to experience some rising spirit.


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