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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

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Kevin Smith
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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 ... 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 ... 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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It Can Be Hell Getting Into Heaven 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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Trivia

Bartleby refers to the Mooby executives as "idolaters" for creating Mooby as an icon who is worshiped and thus takes worship from the Lord, which is a sin. Mooby is also referred to as the Golden Calf in the film, and in fact, "Mooby the Golden Calf" is the name of Mooby's theme song playing while the executives are being executed.

In the Book of Exodus, while Moses is up on the mountain getting the 10 Commandments from God, the Israelites become impatient and have Moses' brother, Aaron, give them a new god to worship. Aaron takes the Israelites' gold, melts it, and forms it into the shape of a calf. The Israelites thus begin worshiping a "Golden Calf" which infuriates God and He contemplates destroying them (He is eventually talked out of it by Moses). See more »

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The puddle in front of Bethany's car keys after the Stygian Triplets knock her down appears and disappears in between shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, the driving force behind Catholicism WOW, Cardinal Glick.
Cardinal Glick: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now we all know how the majority and the media in this country view the Catholic church. They think of us as a passe, archaic institution. People find the Bible obtuse... even hokey. Now in an effort to disprove all that the church has appointed this year as a time of renewal... both of faith and of style. For example, the crucifix. While it has been a time honored symbol...
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Crazy Credits

Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Clerks 2: Hardly Clerkin'" See more »

Alternate Versions

At the end of Loki and Bartelby's discussion of the arch's ability to cleanse the soul of all sin, in the DVD version Loki says, "If I had a dick, I'd go get laid." In the original theatrical version, the line was, "If I had a dick, I'd masturbate," referring to the Catholic belief that masturbation is a worse sin than fornication. (Essentially, this is because fornication can lead to marriage and procreation, but masturbation cannot.) See more »

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Referenced in Cobra Bites (2005) See more »

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Love Is Strange
Written by Sylvia Robinson & Mickey Baker (as M. Black)
Performed by Mickey & Sylvia
Used by permission of Ben Ghazi Inc. (BMI) & Twenty-Nine Black Music Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Chesterton lives!
15 June 2000 | by zahasjSee all my reviews

Another vote from a cradle Catholic who was not remotely offended by this movie. Not that some of the negatives mentioned by other posters here aren't true -- yes, a lot of the humor is gross, yes, the F-word is overused, yes, its criticism of organized religion is less stinging that you'd expect (though that in itself is a slightly foolish expectation, given that the writer/director is himself an active member of an organized religion). And yes, if you're not Catholic, much of the movie is a little foggy, under-explained, and not very engaging. That last one I definitely agree with; I seriously doubt whether I'd recommend the film to a non-Catholic at all.

But, oh, God, I LOVED it, serious flaws and all! It's a huge chaotic mess with about sixty different trains of thought and philosophy, from the ecstatic to the scatological, slugging it out for dominance, and in its very sloppiness there's a sense of anarchic, exultant wonder I've never seen in a movie before. The only two things like it that I can think of are Thornton Wilder's play "Skin of Our Teeth" and G.K. Chesterton's amazing joyous fever dream of a novel "The Man Who Was Thursday", both of which are works by people who may or may not have faith but who definitely have a good idea. Or several dozen of them, and who just run with them wherever they go. These works are big chaotic messes, but in that way they are mirrors of Creation, the mother of all big chaotic messes. In all these works, just as in the real world, love and joy and beauty and filth and cruelty and despair are constantly tumbling over and bleeding into each other; the one universal rule is that everything is absurd, that the human race is the most absurd thing of all, and that this absurdity can be the catalyst to either suffocating grief or a kind of hilarious wonder.

If you go into "Dogma" expecting a trim and tidy theological comedy of manners, you'll be sorely disappointed. If you're looking for something with the same filthy gorgeous lunacy of existence itself, this is it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

God 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

Gross USA:

$30,652,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,429,330
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2.35 : 1
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