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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lois De Banzie ... Mrs. Dolson
Talia Balsam ... Liz Dolson
Jerry Hardin ... Mr. Dolson
R.J. Williams ... Boy
Noni White ... Mother
Gloria Stuart ... Mrs. Curry
Maggie Gwinn Maggie Gwinn ... Mrs. Quinn
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Storyline

Father Tim Farley, who presides over St. Francis Church, is arguably the most popular priest within the diocese led by Monsignor Thomas Burke, Father Farley's popularity as witnessed by the size and enthusiasm of the congregation at his church services. Many see Monsignor Burke as autocratic, he having a very narrow and traditionally conservative view of the church in addition. Father Farley often socializes with Monsignor Burke, the two most recently having gone on vacation together to Yugoslavia, but Father Farley sees this socializing more as a professional obligation than a true want, Father Farley who will tell what he considers little white lies to get out of many of those social commitments. Father Farley will tell those little white lies in more circumstances to achieve his desired end, those lies of which his devoted, loyal and devout housekeeper Margaret refuses to be a part. Although not having much to do with the diocese's seminary, Father Farley plea bargains with the ... Written by Huggo

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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

Gross USA:

$1,945,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,945,658
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some movie posters for this film featured a long text preamble that read: "Father Timothy Farley has always preached about miracles. Now he has to perform one. For years, he had everything he could ever ask for. The love of his parishioners. The respect of his superiors. And the smoothest golf swing in his district. Then, the Church sent him someone he didn't ask for - a rebellious young deacon named Dolson. And he's been given just one month to whip him into shape. MASS APPEAL. Somewhere between laughter and tears, they found something to believe in". 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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Has There EVER Been a Jack Lemmon Movie Not Worth Seeing?
2 August 2004 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

MASS APPEAL (3 outta 5 stars)

You know, there probably isn't a movie Jack Lemmon has ever made that isn't worth watching... if only for his being in it. For instance, Mass Appeal isn't much of a movie... it was based on a minor play and outside of two showy roles for a couple of capable performers it doesn't seem to have much point. Luckily Jack Lemmon and Zeljko Yvanek are up to the task and the movie is a pleasant enough diversion... even if it does strain credulity at times. Lemmon is a well-established, beloved Catholic priest who is given the task of honing the skills of an opinionated, headstrong, young man fresh from seminary school. Lemmon has one month to shape him up or ship him out.

A minor scandal erupts when young Ivanek defends a pair of ex-homosexuals that he went to school with and who have been expelled... then his own sexuality is brought into question. Good dialogue but the movie plays itself out predictably. Not a classic but definitely worth checking out.


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