A popular Connecticut priest shields a seminary rebel from the wrath of a stern monsignor.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Alexander Main, a bail bondsman, falls for one of his "customers", a pretty gypsy girl, Maritza, who's been accused of murder.

Director: John Korty
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Geneviève Bujold, James Woods
Macaroni (1985)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A businessman from the United States returns to Italy for the first time in four decades only to discover that an old girlfriend of his, along with her brother, have involved him in a massive hoax.

Director: Ettore Scola
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Marcello Mastroianni, Daria Nicolodi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A businessman's professional struggles begin to conflict with his personal life over the course of two days.

Director: John G. Avildsen
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Fred Astaire
Tribute (1980)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A shallow Broadway press agent learns he is dying just as his son by his ex-wife arrives for a visit.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Robby Benson, Lee Remick
That's Life! (1986)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Harvey and Gillian Fairchild face a very difficult weekend. Harvey, celebrating his 60th birthday, is stressed and depressed. Gillian is awaiting the results of a throat biopsy. Their lives... See full summary »

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Julie Andrews, Sally Kellerman
Certificate: M Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Newly-promoted if none too happily married Howard Brubaker leaves a rowdy Company party early with the stunning Catherine, whom it turns out is herself unhappily married - to the boss. They... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Lawford
Missing (1982)
Drama | History | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When an idealistic writer disappears during the Right Wing military coup in 1973 Chile, his wife and American businessman father try to find him.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

2 quirky Manhattanites crash into each other cute at an ophthalmologist's office. Peter is a grouchy cartoonist/author whose vision is failing, divorced mother Theresa is also reluctant to ... See full summary »

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Barbara Harris, Jason Robards
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.

Director: Blake Edwards
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Mark Dolson
...
Monsignor Thomas Burke
Louise Latham ...
Margaret
...
Mrs. Hart
Helene Heigh ...
Mrs. Hart's mother
...
Marion Hart
James Ray ...
Father De Nicola
Lois De Banzie ...
Mrs. Dolson
...
Liz Dolson
...
Mr. Dolson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John C. Becher ...
Mr. Jennings
Allison Caine ...
Additional Voice
Christopher Carroll ...
Salvatore Fitzgerald
John Devlin ...
Choir Leader
Edit

Storyline

A popular Connecticut priest shields a seminary rebel from the wrath of a stern monsignor.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Algo en que creer  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The titles and last names of the two central characters, Deacon Dolson and Father Farley, are both alliterated. See more »

Quotes

Father Tim Farley: You're a lunatic! And Christ NEEDS lunatics. But the trouble with lunatics is, they don't know how to survive.
See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Dune/Starman/Mass Appeal/Runaway (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great study of coming to grips with your values
29 June 1999 | by (Moscow, Idaho) – See all my reviews

Jack Lemmon shines as Father Farley, a spineless priest who'll say anything to anyone if it makes his life easier. Through a series of circumstances, he has to face himself as a result of being "assigned" Mark Dolson as a deacon.

When I first watched this movie, I was disappointed by the ending, because it didn't seem to resolve the main issue (which concerns Mark Dolson). But eventually I realized that it issue was Father Farley, and his spinelessness, and Mark Dolson was merely the means by which Farley is brought to terms with himself.

My second favorite movie of all time.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A great surprise veronicalodge71
Discuss Mass Appeal (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?