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Calvary (2014)

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After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fitzgerald
Freddie Joyce
Pat Shortt ...
Brendan Lynch
Gary Lydon ...
Inspector Stanton


Father James is a small-town priest in Ireland whose Sunday confessionals suddenly include a threat to kill him in a week's time as a matter of principle. Deeply troubled and conflicted about how to respond, Father James tries to go on with his calling through that week. However, that proves impossible as he is confronted with a troubling variety of spiritual challenges from both his estranged daughter and his own parishioners. In those dispiriting struggles, Father James' life begins to fall apart as time runs out towards a confrontation that seems to crystallize his values and what he wants his life to be. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Killing a priest on a Sunday. That'll be a good one.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual references, language, brief strong violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 April 2014 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Calvario  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$956,273 (UK) (11 April 2014)


$3,593,460 (USA) (10 October 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brendan Gleeson and John Michael McDonagh came up with the character of Father James at the end of their collaboration on The Guard (2011). It was tailored specifically for Brendan Gleeson, who in turn helped to develop elements of the character. See more »


Father James Lavelle: I think there's too much talk about sins and not enough about virtues.
Fiona Lavelle: What would be your number one?
Father James Lavelle: I think forgiveness has been highly underrated.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are inter-cut with empty shots of every main location that Father James Lavelle and his daughter Fiona had a significant conversation in. See more »


Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 11 February 2014 (2014) See more »


New World in the Morning
Written and Performed by Roger Whittaker
Published by Croma Music (ASCAP) & Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
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Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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The best cinema experiences I've had. Loved watching people's astonishing reaction!
4 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of the most moving films I've watched in years. Simple story line, however, is full of colourful moments. As to the genre - this is not a typical art house movie, as it does have a goal-driven plot, as well as clearly defined narrative (which becomes clear only at the end of a film). I'm becoming a huge fan of the Irish productions now, after the critically acclaimed (brilliant acting by Daniel Day-Lewis) "My left foot"; "Inside I'm dancing" with the Scottish James McAvoy; Shameful & hungry Michael Fassbender. Surely Brendan Gleeson did a fantastic job in the "Calvary", but bravo to Christ O'Dowd! Please don't read or watch the spoilers . Ah don't even bother about the trailers! If it was on in the cinema again, I'd have gone at least a few times (to be fair, hardly ever watch one film twice).

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