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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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Freddie Joyce
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Father Leary
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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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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)  »

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Calvario  »

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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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The name of the movie Calvary is a reference to the place outside of Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified and is described as being on a hill/mountain shaped like a skull. The word Calvary comes from the Latin word Calvariæ which means skull. See more »

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Father James Lavelle: Leave home. Go somewhere where your chances of meeting available young women with loose morals are increased proportionately.
Milo Herlihy: Sligo town, d'you mean?
Father James Lavelle: No, I was thinking more: Dublin, London, New York.
Milo Herlihy: New York? I'd only end up getting the AIDS, knowing my luck. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Father. I can't say it's been of much help, but it's good to get these things out in the open, I suppose.
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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 '72: Episode dated 5 March 2014 (2014) See more »

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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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A serious drama with some funny moments
22 April 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This movie is NOT I repeat NOT a comedy, it is a drama addressing serious issues from Ireland's past that happens to have some dark comedy moments.

It is well written, directed and acted and draws you into the little community in Sligo. As usual Brendan Gleeson proves he is one of the finest Irish actors around playing the likable priest who realises the worlds problems are real.

The end of the movie will leave you thinking and in all likelihood the cinema will be in silence and that is a sign of what this film has achieved... a contemplative piece forcing us to think on our past and how we treat.

8/10


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