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Calvary (2014)

 -  Drama  -  11 April 2014 (Ireland)
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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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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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Rated R for sexual references, language, brief strong violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Kill Confession  »

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

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$3,593,460 (USA) (10 October 2014)
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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 »

Quotes

Father Leary: I didn't realise you hated me that much.
Father James Lavelle: I don't hate you, at all.
Father Leary: Then, why?
Father James Lavelle: It's just you have no integrity. That's the worst thing I could say about anybody.
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Snake Song
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Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd.
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Never wanted to see a movie again, minutes after I watched it!
10 June 2014 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

My expectations for this movie were medium, I saw the cast had a lot of great comedians, so I thought there would at least be a few laughs. Instead, I was surprised to see a very powerful and touching movie, absolutely great script, never a doll moment, funny comebacks, terrifyingly creepy monologues and Brendan Gleeson. Hats off to this wonderful, talented actor! I was completely sold on his interpretation of an intellectual, yet devoted priest. And also, I found it very refreshing that the character was written as sincerely religious but not bigoted. I strongly recommend you go see this movie and I can't wait to see it again!


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