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Mass Appeal (1984)

PG | | Drama | 14 December 1984 (USA)
A popular Connecticut priest shields a seminary rebel from the wrath of a stern monsignor.

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writers:

Bill C. Davis (play), Bill C. Davis (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Lemmon ... Father Tim Farley
Zeljko Ivanek ... Mark Dolson
Charles Durning ... Monsignor Thomas Burke
Louise Latham ... Margaret
Alice Hirson ... Mrs. Hart
Helene Heigh Helene Heigh ... Mrs. Hart's mother
Sharee Gregory ... Marion Hart
James Ray James Ray ... Father De Nicola
Lois De Banzie ... Mrs. Dolson
Talia Balsam ... Liz Dolson
Jerry Hardin ... Mr. Dolson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John C. Becher John C. Becher ... Mr. Jennings
Allison Caine Allison Caine ... Additional Voice
Christopher Carroll Christopher Carroll ... Salvatore Fitzgerald
John Devlin John Devlin ... Choir Leader
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A popular Connecticut priest shields a seminary rebel from the wrath of a stern monsignor.

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Somewhere between laughter and tears, they found something to believe in.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Algo en que creer See more »

Filming Locations:

Claremont, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,434, 16 December 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,945,658
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The titles and last names of the two central characters, Deacon Dolson and Father Farley, are both alliterated. See more »

Quotes

Father Tim Farley: You're a lunatic! And Christ NEEDS lunatics. But the trouble with lunatics is, they don't know how to survive.
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Great study of coming to grips with your values
29 June 1999 | by Geoff_ASee all my reviews

Jack Lemmon shines as Father Farley, a spineless priest who'll say anything to anyone if it makes his life easier. Through a series of circumstances, he has to face himself as a result of being "assigned" Mark Dolson as a deacon.

When I first watched this movie, I was disappointed by the ending, because it didn't seem to resolve the main issue (which concerns Mark Dolson). But eventually I realized that it issue was Father Farley, and his spinelessness, and Mark Dolson was merely the means by which Farley is brought to terms with himself.

My second favorite movie of all time.


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