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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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Freddie Joyce
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Milo Herlihy
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Veronica Brennan
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Leo
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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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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

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

Gross:

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

In an early scene, Father James (Gleeson) is reading a newspaper with the headline "Two hitmen hunted over Dublin murders". This is most likely a reference to McDonagh's brother's film, In Bruges, and Gleeson's role therein. See more »

Quotes

Father Leary: Things you hear in confession these days. It's depressing.
Father James Lavelle: You have to detach yourself from it. We're here to provide solace. Your personal feelings don't come into it.
Father Leary: I know that. What do you take me for? It's difficult, though, the mess people make of their lives.
Father James Lavelle: What's the problem? Without going into details, obviously.
Father Leary: Your one with the big black eye on her. Have you seen her?
Father James Lavelle: Veronica Brennan, yeah.
Father Leary: She's an odd one. The things she comes out with. It's like she's trying to drag you down ...
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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 »

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Featured in Film 2016: Episode dated 5 March 2014 (2014) See more »

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Hong Kong Blues
Written and Performed by Hoagy Carmichael
Published by Songs of Peer Ltd.
Courtesy of Pavilion Records Limited
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Calvary - Utterly Superb.
17 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Calvary

Honestly, for those of you who haven't seen this film, go and see it. It's absolutely fantastic!

Brendan Gleeson gives a stunning performance as a troubled priest who has to come to terms with something shocking that he has been told will happen. It paints a brutal, realistic and yet original picture of modern Ireland. All the characters in the film are exaggerated representations of the types of people you get in Ireland today IMO. The story is touching, emotional, real and unforgettable.

My favourite film of 2014 so far. If you liked In Bruges or The Guard or even Seven Psychopaths, see this film. It's darker than all three of those films and it's hard to watch at times but honestly, it's worth it.

A beautifully dark film, with lashings of black humour and some lovely one liners. Just make sure to laugh at the appropriate parts, some viewers in my cinema laughed at the opening line! (once/if you see it you'll understand) I hope audiences outside of the UK and Ireland can enjoy it. I implore you to see it. 9/10, a must see!


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