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Dogma (1999)

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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 loophole and re-enter Heaven.

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Barret Hackney ...
Stygian Triplet (as Barrett Hackney)
Jared Pfennigwerth ...
Stygian Triplet
Kitao Sakurai ...
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Grant Hicks (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
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Dan Etheridge ...
Priest at St. Stephen's
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Derek Milosavljevic ...
Kissing Couple
Lesley Braden ...
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Clinic Girl (scenes deleted) (as MarieElena O'Brien)
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Liz
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Storyline

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 <J.W.Parenton@student.tcu.edu>

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

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12 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

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£137,050 (UK) (24 December 1999)

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

Rufus's reply, "Know him? Nigga owes me twelve bucks!" when asked if he knows Christ was one of the few lines ad-libbed by Chris Rock. When Rufus awakens on the train, he says the word "poopytrim.", this was not in the script, but has been used in a Kevin Smith film in the past. In Mallrats (1995), when Willam is standing in front of the magic eye poster, he is woken from his trance by Brody and he says "poopytrim", and another ad-lib is when Rock calls Silent Bob "biggie." It was originally written as "tubby." See more »

Goofs

When Loki shoves Bethany down into the row of chairs outside the church, her hair comes out of the barrette on her right side. In the next shot (and after that) it's neatly back in place. See more »

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[first lines]
Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, the driving force behind Catholicism WOW, Cardinal Glick.
Cardinal Glick: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now we all know how the majority and the media in this country view the Catholic church. They think of us as a passe, archaic institution. People find the Bible obtuse... even hokey. Now in an effort to disprove all that the church has appointed this year as a time of renewal... both of faith and of style. For example, the crucifix. While it has been a time honored ...
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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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References Them! (1954) See more »

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Alabamy Bound
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva), Bud Green & Ray Henderson
Performed by Ray Charles
Used by permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc.; Stephen Ballentine Pub. Co. & Holiday Publications c/o The Songwriter's Guild of America,
Bienstock publishing Co. o/b/o Redwood Music Ltd. c/o Carlin Music; & Henderson Music
Courtesy of Ray Charles Enterprises, Inc.
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I laughed till I cried (really)
15 January 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I always thought the phrase, "I laughed until I cried," was just an oxymoron. Until it happened to me. I watched Dogma: the funniest movie I have ever seen. The movie seemed designed specifically for my warped sense of humor. It was an incredible mesh of the high-brow and the low-brow.

It had one character who was extremely foul-mouthed, and kept making up hilarious obscene phrases. It also had a lot of perceptive, biting (and very funny) theological and social commentary.

For me, it was sort of like being tickled hard in the ribs for about an hour. When I reached the breath-taking climax of the film, the resolution was such a shock and was so unexpectedly emotional and I was so sore from all the laughing, I actually burst into tears. Now, dammit I am a grown man. I never do that. Not even for anything real, much less a movie. But it happened.


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