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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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The Writer
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Teresa
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Freddie Joyce
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Father Leary
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Brendan Lynch
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Inspector Stanton
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Milo Herlihy
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Veronica Brennan
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Leo
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Storyline

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)

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

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Comedy | Drama

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

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11 April 2014 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Calvario  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$74,149 (USA) (1 August 2014)

Gross:

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

Writer and Director John Michael McDonagh has cited 'Robert Bresson' as a major influence on the movie, but also Winter Light (1963) and also Robert De Niro's performance in True Confessions (1981). See more »

Quotes

Father Leary: Jesus Christ! What happened to you?
Father James Lavelle: Brendan Lynch.
Father Leary: Brendan Lynch? He is a Buddhist!
Father James Lavelle: So what if he is a fucking Buddhist? You think Buddhists don't beat people up? You think Buddhists don't fuck their kids like everyone else?
Father Leary: You are obviously very upset.
Father James Lavelle: Tibetians spit on blind people in the street! They are killing albinos in Africa! You are so fucking naive!
Father Leary: Please do not curse at me, Father. I think it would be best to countinue this conversation in the morning, when you are sober.
Father James Lavelle: Why you ...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 11 February 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
Written and Performed by Rudy Toombs (as Rudolph Toombs)
Performed by Amos Milburn
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd.
Licensed Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Brilliant Film - mixture of hilarious lines in a very dark story
25 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watched this at Sundance Festival. Brilliant film. Some of the dialog is a bit lost on US audience but still some hilarious lines. This is much darker than The Guard and In Bruges (I know it's a different writer/director) but very similar humor. But this has some very powerful scenes (particularly the one with the lady who loses her husband). It also tackles some serious questions on the church and priesthood after the scandals around the world; really makes you think about the plight of decent priests. Gleeson pulls off the part of innocent priest paying for the sins of others excellently.

The music is amazing throughout. Also the scenery is incredible - made me miss home!

Excellent performances by Pat Short and Dylan Moran. Brendan Gleeson is just Brendan Gleeson, my favorite Irish actor (after Daniel Day Lewis of course)

This is well worth seeing. If your a fan of the McDonaghs stuff you'll love this. And what a great ending!


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