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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.

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Credited cast:
... Father Tim Farley
... Mark Dolson
... Monsignor Thomas Burke
... Margaret
... Mrs. Hart
Helene Heigh ... Mrs. Hart's mother
... Marion Hart
James Ray ... Father De Nicola
Lois De Banzie ... Mrs. Dolson
... Liz Dolson
... Mr. Dolson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John C. Becher ... Mr. Jennings
Allison Caine ... Additional Voice
Christopher Carroll ... Salvatore Fitzgerald
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.

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$5,434, 16 December 1984, Limited Release

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$1,945,658
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The movie is based on a play originally produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald and starring Milo O'Shea as Tim Farley and Eric Roberts as Mark Dolson. It opened at the off-Broadway Stage 73 on April 22, 1980 and ran for 104 performances. O'Shea was nominated for a Tony for his role. See more »

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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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Why the disciples were sent out in twos
12 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Mark Dolson is an eager Catholic seminarian who throws himself-- body, mind, and emotion-- fully into everything he does. Father Tim Farley has fallen into a comfortable rut in his suburban parish, where he is loved and valued precisely because he doesn't make waves. Mark torments his teachers with unanswerable questions and unending intellectual debate. Father Farley relies on practiced clichés and vanilla humor to fill the air during the sermon slot of his morning services. When no other priest will take Mark on as a parish intern, the bishop gives him to Father Farley.

The pairing of Zeljko Ivanek and Jack Lemmon is perfect in this character-driven film. The characters are multi-layered, and the issues they wrestle with are as pertinent now as they were in 1984.


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