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Mass Appeal (1984)

PG  |   |  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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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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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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Has There EVER Been a Jack Lemmon Movie Not Worth Seeing?
2 August 2004 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

MASS APPEAL (3 outta 5 stars)

You know, there probably isn't a movie Jack Lemmon has ever made that isn't worth watching... if only for his being in it. For instance, Mass Appeal isn't much of a movie... it was based on a minor play and outside of two showy roles for a couple of capable performers it doesn't seem to have much point. Luckily Jack Lemmon and Zeljko Yvanek are up to the task and the movie is a pleasant enough diversion... even if it does strain credulity at times. Lemmon is a well-established, beloved Catholic priest who is given the task of honing the skills of an opinionated, headstrong, young man fresh from seminary school. Lemmon has one month to shape him up or ship him out.

A minor scandal erupts when young Ivanek defends a pair of ex-homosexuals that he went to school with and who have been expelled... then his own sexuality is brought into question. Good dialogue but the movie plays itself out predictably. Not a classic but definitely worth checking out.


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