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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$4,176,932 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights were so outraged by the film's subject and its release date over the Easter weekend that they called for all their members to boycott anything Disney-related. 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 Greg Pilkington: They used to ask us a question when we were in seminary: a man comes up to you in confession and tells you that he's poisoned the altar wine. Do you go out and say Mass? I had no problem with it; I'd go out and drink the wine. I suppose there's a little of the martyr in all of us.
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Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: Frozen Dick (1996) See more »


Written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer
Copyright 1957 BRS Music Corporation
All rights assigned to Hill & Range Songs Inc.
Administered in UK by Carlin Music Corporation
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Powerful and Intense
2 August 2003 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

The ending of this film at the communion rail, is the MOST powerful scene I have ever seen in any movie for a long long time. It will have you sobbing like a baby, guaranteed. Film is an emotion charged look at the Catholic Church's problems and cover-ups concerning a closeted guilt ridden gay priest's sexual desires, and a little girl being molested by her disgusting father who relates in the confessional not for penance, but to tell the priest it is his right and not to interfere. Priest has guilt over his sexuality and about the confession, but he can not tell about the girl because of church rules. Meanwhile it's found out about his being gay with parish congregation and church hierarchy is in an uproar. Linus Roache plays gay priest. His performance is outstanding. Very thought provoking movie. makes you think for weeks afterward about guilt and redemption. I gave it 10/10. This movie blew me away with it's intense plotting, powerful themes and the courage to film it with such insight. Recommend this film very highly but have a box of tissue for final 5 minutes. I warned you.

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