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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 ...
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Kitao Sakurai ...
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Grant Hicks (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
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Priest at St. Stephen's
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Lesley Braden ...
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Clinic Girl (scenes deleted) (as MarieElena O'Brien)
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Liz
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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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$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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The Buddy Christ statue that was used in the film is on display (as of mid-2001) at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, a comic book store in Red Bank, New Jersey owned by Kevin Smith. See more »

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At the end of the movie, Bethany asks Jay, "Where's the nearest boardwalk?" When Jay replies, "Asbury Park," she asks, "Do they have skee ball there?" Jay then replies, "Yes." While Asbury Park, NJ had a long history of being a resort town, it had fallen into major decline in the late 1980s, and when Dogma takes place, there were in fact no amusement rides or arcades, and therefore no skee ball on the Asbury Park boardwalk. See more »

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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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Skokiaan
Written by August Msarurgwa
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Perez Prado)
Used by permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. sub-publisher for English speaking countries on behalf of Gallo (Africa) Ltd.
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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simply fabulous--kevin smith rocks!
15 May 2001 | by (Claremont, CA) – See all my reviews

While both funny and frightening, this film is more than just a comedy with gratuitous violence and (bad)-language. It's a theological reflection...and a call to the Church to focus on things that matter (like living life to the fullest, helping those in need, honoring and respecting all, expecting respect in return) rather than those that don't (like...well, dogma [doctrines/church laws] or any belief that causes us to "draw a line in the sand," condemning to hell or perdition any who disagree with us). As I watched it (the first and all subsequent times), I felt sure that the movie was written by someone who really loves his church -- but is smart and aware enough to recognize its shortcomings, its blindspots, even its failures and hypocrisies. Rather than simply leaving or ignoring or dismissing it, Smith chooses to enter into dialogue with it, using the potent medium of film to do so. One can only hope that the church--not just Roman Catholic but all branches of it-- takes him up on his call to conversation.

Not to be missed in the film, on a lighter note, are the introductory disclaimer and the "Thank Yous" at the end. Smith thanks Elaine Pagels, for God's sake -- who knew anyone in Hollywood read contemporary, feminist theology? What a welcome revelation....


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