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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Father James
... Jack Brennan
... Fiona Lavelle
... Dr. Frank Harte
... Michael Fitzgerald
... Simon
... The Writer
... Teresa
... Freddie Joyce
... Father Leary
Pat Shortt ... Brendan Lynch
Gary Lydon ... Inspector Stanton
... Milo Herlihy
... Veronica Brennan
... Leo
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual references, language, brief strong violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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11 April 2014 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Calvario  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$956,273 (United Kingdom), 11 April 2014, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,149, 3 August 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,593,460, 10 October 2014
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Michael McDonagh's intention with the film, following the scandal of child abuse in the Irish Catholic Church, was to tell a story of a good priest. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

New World in the Morning
Written and Performed by Roger Whittaker
Published by Croma Music (ASCAP) & Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Never wanted to see a movie again, minutes after I watched it!
10 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

My expectations for this movie were medium, I saw the cast had a lot of great comedians, so I thought there would at least be a few laughs. Instead, I was surprised to see a very powerful and touching movie, absolutely great script, never a doll moment, funny comebacks, terrifyingly creepy monologues and Brendan Gleeson. Hats off to this wonderful, talented actor! I was completely sold on his interpretation of an intellectual, yet devoted priest. And also, I found it very refreshing that the character was written as sincerely religious but not bigoted. I strongly recommend you go see this movie and I can't wait to see it again!


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