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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)
Jared Pfennigwerth ...
Stygian Triplet
Stygian Triplet
Grant Hicks (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
Dan Etheridge ...
Priest at St. Stephen's
Derek Milosavljevic ...
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 <J.W.Parenton@student.tcu.edu>

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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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12 November 1999 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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Did You Know?


Bob Schreck, Joe Nozemack and Jim Mahfood all make cameos as Church parishioners. They all worked with Kevin Smith in comics with Mahfood illustrating the Clerks comics , Schreck as editor on Kevin's Green Arrow run and Schreck and Nozemack as co-publishers of his Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Comics at Oni Press. See more »


In the Mexican Restaurant scene, Metatron clearly said that angels can't drink alcohol because of Gods decree. Earlier in the scene, he quickly says "stop a couple of angels from entering and thus negating all existence" and immediately has a sip of tequila, it cuts to Bethany and you don't even hear him spitting it out, it cuts back to Metatron and his mouth is empty. Where did the tequila go? See more »


[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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References Dune (1984) See more »


Mi Unico Camino
Written by Rubén Méndez (as Ruben Mendez)
Performed by El Conjunto Bernal
Used by permission of Peer International Corporation (BMI)
Courtesy of Arhoolie Records
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Highly recommended for fans and future fans alike
27 September 1999 | by (Guelph, Canada) – See all my reviews

Dogma is firmly rooted in Kevin Smith's View Askew world so fans of his other films will not be disappointed. However, it also expands on the direction he took in Chasing Amy by dealing with subject matter and concepts that are personal and thought provoking. Dogma goes beyond the "dick and fart jokes", which are reassuringly present, and gives the viewer something to think about.

The film deals with thoughts on religion, Catholicism mainly, in a way that pokes fun at the institution but does not deride it. Dogma is by no stretch of the imagination an anti-Catholic movie. It embraces religion and points out the potential and actual problems that can occur within any religious institution. The film's comments and contents are definitely meant to be taken with a grain of salt.

The cast is great and there are many instances of hilarious viewing, usually Jay and Silent Bob, as well as very sensitive and expressive moments from the various actors.

In the end, Dogma is a thoroughly fun and thoughtful viewing experience that both old and new fans will enjoy. A movie outside the typical fare that is worth spending your money on seeing.

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