Priest (1994)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  24 March 1995 (USA)
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Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Tyson ...
Mrs. Unsworth
Mr. Unsworth
James Ellis ...
Father Ellerton
Lisa Unsworth
Rio Fanning ...
Jim R. Coleman ...
Funeral director
Bill Dean ...
Altar boy
Gilly Coman ...
Ellie Molloy
Fred Pearson ...
Jimmy Gallagher ...
Mick Molloy


Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an intensely emotional spiritual struggle deciding between choosing morals over religion and one life over another. Written by Eric Chor <>

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One man is about to challenge two thousand years of tradition. See more »


Drama | Romance

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Rated R for depiction of mature themes involving sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 March 1995 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$4,176,932 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The Catholic Church in Ireland were very vocal about their views in having the film banned from theatrical distribution. The film censor disagreed and the film was released with an 18 certificate. This marked a major turning point in the relationship between the church and the Irish Film Censor board. See more »


Father Greg holds up a communion wafer which is smooth. The scene cuts to Graham and then back to Father Greg, and the wafer has a diagonal line across it. See more »


Father Matthew Thomas: The creation of mankind only started on the sixth day. It hasn't stopped yet. We're taller than we were a thousand years ago. We're fitter, faster. We live longer. We're better educated. More informed. So, creation... is an ongoing process. And if you interfere with it with it, aren't you spitting in the face of God? If you exploit your work force, don't you spit in the face of God? If you kill and maim, throw people out of their homes, turn your back on the elderly, If you shut down schools ...
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Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: Frozen Dick (1996) See more »


Composed by Bob Russell & Bobby Scott
Published by Harrison Music Corporation & Jenny Music
Administered by Chelsea Music Publishing Co. Ltd.
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Should be embraced by the church.
31 July 2006 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I just caught this movie on cable, and found it to be one of the most touching I've seen. I'm Roman Catholic, and unless you are the type to blindly follow the tenants of your faith without question, you will likely find the questions raised by this film familiar. It really makes no difference whether the Priest is gay or straight, as human beings, they are undoubtedly often caught between the desire to respond to normal human needs and the requirements of the church. And while the Catholic church provides the setting, much of what the older priest says in his sermon regarding what God finds worthy of His attention can be applied to most any religion, as can the discussion near the end between the angry parishioners and the younger priest upon his return from exile. There are some very emotional moments in the film, not the least of which is the ending. As Catholics, we tend to forget that priests are human beings. This movie shows us that they are. I will warn you that, if you tend to cringe at the portrayal of gay attraction (as I do), you WILL find yourself doing so at various points in this film ("Brokeback Mountain" has nothing on "Priest"), but nothing is ever presented in poor taste or gratuitously, in my opinion. A film definitely worth viewing.

On a side note, I counted at least 5 performers in "Priest" that also appear in "The Full Monty." Guess they needed to do something a bit lighter after this one.

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