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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
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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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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Emma Thompson was going to appear in the film as God, but she backed out before filming began in order to have a baby. See more »


Rufus says to Bethany, "You are the great great great GREAT great grand-niece of Jesus Christ." If he was actually trying to be accurate, there would be around eighty "greats." 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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Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Clerks 2: Hardly Clerkin'" See more »


Followed by Clerks (2000) See more »


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Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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One of the Ten Best of 1999
7 May 2001 | by (In A Confined Space) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the funniest movies of all time. Kevin Smith puts together a movie that defines 'satire' almost perfectly. The only flaw that this movie has are how long it is. Even though the movie is almost two and half hours, it delivers enough philosophy to keep people thinking long after watching it. "Was Jesus Christ black?" and "Is there someone out in the world that is a direct descendent of Mary and Joseph?" are very thought provoking.

The satire elements in this movie are well done. I thought the edition of George Carlin as the self-centered Cardinal Glick was an especially nice touch. I am a George Carlin fan and I have heard his routines about taxing the properties of the Catholic Church. I think the issues with race and women in the Bible were dealt with in a fine way as well. The dialogue was smart and witty and the cast did particularly well. Jay and Silent Bob took the movie with their wise-cracking, foul-mouthed wit and humor. I am also a huge Kevin Smith fan and he incorporated elements from all of his other movies.

This is the best Kevin Smith movie since Clerks. 10 out of 10.

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