Priest Movie Review 1994

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Father Greg (an intense performance by Roache) is a young, idealistic priest who gets a rude awakening when he's assigned to a tough inner-city Liverpool parish. His superior, Father Matthew (Wilkinson), is a middle-aged rabble rouser who's openly having an affair with their black housekeeper Maria (Tyson). But Father Greg has a secret of his own--despite struggles with his sexuality he gets involved with Graham (Carlyle), a man he meets in the local gay bar. Greg's inner turmoil is heightened when a young parishoner confesses that her father is sexually abusing her but, because of the seal of the confessional, the priest cannot report the problem. Director Bird walks a fine line between criticism and condemnation of Catholic doctrine. British TV feature provoked a storm of controversy in the U.S.; originally released at 105 minutes.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 98 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Nuns & Priests, Religion, Gays, Sexual Abuse, London
Jimmy McGovern
Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Cathy Tyson, Robert Carlyle, James Ellis, John Bennett, Rio Fanning, Jimmy Coleman, Lesley Sharp, Robert Pugh, Christine Tremarco
Fred Tammes
Antonia Bird
Andy Roberts
George Faber, Josephine Ward, Mark Shivas, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), Miramax Films

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