Monday, July 22, 2013

Priest



1994 British Feature

Cast: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson, Robert Pugh, Lesley Sharp and Christine Tremarco
Director: Antonia Bird
Writer: Jimmy McGovern

Synopsis:
Father Greg Pilkington is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a gay man.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 65% / Audience: 80%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • BAFTA nomination for Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Award for Best Feature Film.
  • Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Director Antonia Bird's feature film debut.
  • A scene of Linus Roache's bare buttocks was cut from the final film to ensure an R rating in the United States.
  • The Catholic Church in Ireland were very vocal about having the film banned from theatrical distribution. The film censor disagreed and the film was released with an 18 certificate. This marked a major turning point in the relationship between the church and the Irish Film Censor board.
  • The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights were so outraged by the film's subject matter and its American release date over the Easter weekend that they called for all their members to boycott anything related to Disney, Miramax's parent company.

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