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Dogma (1999)

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An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.

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Kevin Smith

Writer:

Kevin Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Cort ... John Doe Jersey
Barret Hackney Barret Hackney ... Stygian Triplet (as Barrett Hackney)
Jared Pfennigwerth Jared Pfennigwerth ... Stygian Triplet
Kitao Sakurai Kitao Sakurai ... Stygian Triplet
George Carlin ... Cardinal Glick
Brian O'Halloran ... Grant Hicks (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
Betty Aberlin ... Nun
Matt Damon ... Loki
Ben Affleck ... Bartleby
Dan Etheridge Dan Etheridge ... Priest at St. Stephen's
Linda Fiorentino ... Bethany
Derek Milosavljevic Derek Milosavljevic ... Kissing Couple
Lesley Braden Lesley Braden ... Kissing Couple
Marie Elena O'Brien Marie Elena O'Brien ... Clinic Girl (scenes deleted) (as MarieElena O'Brien)
Janeane Garofalo ... Liz
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Storyline

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is enlisted to prevent two angels from reentering Heaven and thus undoing the fabric of the universe. Along the way, she is aided by two prophets, Jay and Silent Bob. With the help of Rufus, the 13th Apostle, they must stop those who stand in their way and prevent the angels from entering Heaven. Written by Jerel Parenton <J.W.Parenton@student.tcu.edu>

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Get 'touched' by an angel. See more »


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Rated R for strong language including sex-related dialogue, violence, crude humor and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bearclaw See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,669,945, 14 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,651,422, 26 March 2000
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View Askew Productions,STK See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

After Rufus falls to earth, when he is reading the Aramaic to Bethany, he concludes by pointing out Jesus' name Left-to-Right while Aramaic is read Right-to-Left. See more »

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Great concept, adequate execution, likable movie
25 February 2008 | by Movie_Muse_ReviewsSee all my reviews

"Dogma" isn't the kind of comedy that most people will find themselves holding onto their guts during. It's more the second-long "ha!" kind of comedy.

That simply means Kevin Smith's writing is clever enough to the point where you will be pleasantly shocked by some of the conversations and events of the film and think it all rather amusing and humorous. It's not hilarious, it's just clever and a bit funny.

The premise is rather interesting and surprisingly from a more fantasy-esquire genre than Smith traditionally dabbles with. Loki (Matt Damon) and Bartleby (Ben Affleck) are more or less fallen angels that have found a way back into heaven. They must be stopped or the world will come to a screeching halt, so a seemingly random protagonist named Bethany gets charged by God to stop them. Simple, but the slick, nonchalant approach to religion keeps the satire rampant.

The film does spend a lot of its time explaining itself, which isn't too bad considering Smith keeps the explanations to-the-point and allows the characters to stay interesting in the process. Chris Rock, who plays an apostle, and Alan Rickman, who plays God's messenger/ voice are two of these characters that are both good in the film and Smith has allowed to maintain their character's edge despite lines upon lines of explanation.

Getting from point A to point B and so on is not the film's strength. The physical events that take place are ultimately boring and unexciting. It's the moments along the way, the conversations and the philosophy that come about, that make it successful. Affleck's character raises a lot of interesting religious questions about humanity and his conversation with the protagonist on the train is rather insightful. In general, Smith has used Bethany as a way to keep the viewers skepticism of the plot active in the film. She keeps it from getting preposterous. In general, the whole cast is very talented and their characters well written, which keeps the film interesting.

It's not the funniest or most interesting comedy in terms of plot and the sequence of events, but "Dogma" is a smart concept that ultimately results in a sharp satire and some great thoughts that scrutinize religion in a way that never seems too out of line.


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