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Dogma (1999)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy  |  12 November 1999 (USA)
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An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stygian Triplet (as Barrett Hackney)
Stygian Triplet
Stygian Triplet
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Dan Etheridge ...
Priest at St. Stephen's
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Kissing Couple
Lesley Braden ...
Kissing Couple
Clinic Girl (scenes deleted) (as MarieElena O'Brien)


An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is enlisted to prevent two angels from reentering Heaven and thus undoing the fabric of the universe. Along the way, she is aided by two prophets, Jay and Silent Bob. With the help of Rufus, the 13th Apostle, they must stop those who stand in their way and prevent the angels from entering Heaven. Written by Jerel Parenton <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language including sex-related dialogue, violence, crude humor and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bearclaw  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,669,945 (USA) (12 November 1999)


$30,651,422 (USA) (24 March 2000)

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Changing shadows and sunlight throughout the movie, especially when Rufus falls to Earth and at the St Michaels church. See more »


[first lines]
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Crazy Credits

"DOGMA" is the culmination of a lifetime's worth of disparate spiritual and satirical influences, which owes a debt to sundry storytellers and word-smiths these authors and instigators I humbly thank in no particular order... Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke, Saint John, Sam Kinison, George Carlin, Elaine Pagels, John Milton, Cervantes, Martin Scorsese, Alan Moore, Thomas Moore, Spike Lee, Douglas Adams, Robert Bolt, Quentin Tarantino, Nikos Kazantzakis, Denys Arcand, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Matt Wagner, Howard, Robin, Jackie, Fred, Gary, and Everyone at The Howard Stern Show and Sister Theresa from 8th grade See more »


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Smart, Funny, Intriguing........
20 January 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I have always loved Kevin Smith's style of directing and this film has re-affirmed my belief that he is one of the top directors in the film industry at the moment. Dogma's topic was a very sensitive one and could have been misused but Kevin Smith has dealt with the subject perfectly. Anyone who has critisized Dogma for being offensive has really not understood the film. Dogma is full of excellent moments, not least Alanis Morissette who I thought was fabulous in her small but important role as 'God'. All the performances were excellent and the actors complimented each other superbly. Overall this film has a mixture of everything and its underlying message is one which should reach everyone.

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