Walter Matthau plays a professional killer going by the name of Trabucco, who is on his way to rub out gangster Rudy "Disco" Gambola, set to testify against the mob. As Trabucco heads off ... See full summary »
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 »
After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »
Harry is a barely functional human. He meets an old friend who is having marital problems as Harry is about to leap off of a bridge. His friend decides that Harry is the man to take his ... See full summary »
Joseph Kotcher, a retired traveling salesman, lives with his son Gerald and daughter-in-law Wilma in Los Angeles. He dotes upon his young grandson Duncan irritating high-strung Wilma to the... See full summary »
When the very moralistic college ethics instructor (Aykroyd) finds himself living next door to an accused German death camp commander (Lemmon), he takes it upon himself to rid the world of ... See full summary »
Ellen (June Allyson) is kidnapped by father (Charles Bickford) after she ran off and got married to someone he thinks is a gold digger. She escapes and starts an adventurous trip back to ... See full summary »
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 »
The movie is based on a play originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald and starring Milo O'Shea as Tim Farley and Eric Roberts as Mark Dolson. It opened at the off-Broadway Stage 73 on April 22, 1980 and ran for 104 performances. O'Shea was nominated for a Tony for his role. See more »
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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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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