Dogma

Dogma

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Director: Kevin Smith

Cast: Ben Affleck, George Carlin, Matt Damon

     
 

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Would you believe that the last living descendent of Jesus Christ is a woman working at an abortion clinic in Illinois? And that she's been sent on a holy mission with two minor characters from Clerks and Mallrats as her guides? Prepare to suspend any and all disbelief as you watch the religious satire Dogma, the fourth film from writer/director

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Would you believe that the last living descendent of Jesus Christ is a woman working at an abortion clinic in Illinois? And that she's been sent on a holy mission with two minor characters from Clerks and Mallrats as her guides? Prepare to suspend any and all disbelief as you watch the religious satire Dogma, the fourth film from writer/director Kevin Smith. Bethany (Linda Fiorentino) has been disappointed in life and has found her faith severely tested after her husband leaves her when she discovers she cannot have children. So Bethany is all the more puzzled when she's approached by Metatron (Alan Rickman), a grumpy angel. Metatron wants her to help him stop Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon), two fallen angels who were ejected from paradise, have escaped from exile and are heading to New Jersey. If they are able to pass through the arc of a certain church, it will prove God is fallible and the world will come to a swift end. Bethany has no idea what to do or why she's been given this project, but she heads out anyway, with her assigned assistants Jay (Jason Mewes), an appallingly rude former dope dealer and self-styled ladies man, and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith). Along the way, Bethany picks up more helpers, including a celestial muse named Serendipity (Salma Hayek) and Rufus (Chris Rock), who claims to have been the 13th apostle and that Jesus owes him 12 dollars. Boasting a huge supporting cast -- including George Carlin, Jason Lee, Janeane Garofalo, Bud Cort, and Alanis Morissette (as God) -- Dogma proved to be highly controversial even before its release. Miramax Pictures, owned by Disney, financed the film, but several weeks before Dogma's world premier at the Cannes Film Festival, they announced they would not release the picture and intended to sell it to another distributor (which would turn out to be Lions Gate Films). Director Smith, however, has always contended that Dogma is a film about the importance of faith, if not organized religion.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
UPC:
0043396248519
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

Cast and crew commentary; Technical commentary; Deleted scenes; Hilarious cast and crew outtakes; Jay and Bob's scret stash commercial; Storyboards from 3 major scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Bartleby
George Carlin Cardinal Glick
Matt Damon Loki
Linda Fiorentino Bethany
Salma Hayek Serendipity
Jason Lee Azrael
Jason Mewes Jay
Alan Rickman Metatron
Chris Rock Rufus
Bud Cort John Doe Jersey
Alanis Morissette Woman-God
Kevin Smith Silent Bob
Jeff Anderson Gun Salesman
Brian O'Halloran Grant Hicks
Janeane Garofalo Clinic Girl
Betty Aberlin Nun
Dan Etheridge Priest At St. Stephens
Guinevere Turner Bus Station Attnedant
Barrett Hackney Stygian Triplet
Jared Pfennigwerth Stygian Triplet
Kitao Sakurai Stygian Triplet

Technical Credits
Kevin Smith Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Thomas L. Bellissimo Special Effects
Belardinelli Effects Special Effects
Jonathan Gordon Executive Producer
Laura Greenlee Co-producer
Larry M. Gruber Set Decoration/Design
Vincent Guastini Makeup
James Alan Hensz Asst. Director
Robert H. Holtzman Production Designer
Scott Mosier Editor,Producer
Abigail Murray Costumes/Costume Designer
Whit Norris Sound/Sound Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Shore Score Composer
Station X Studios Special Effects
Diana Stoughton Set Decoration/Design
Elise G. Viola Art Director
Robert Yeoman Cinematographer

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Dogma 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 9 months ago
The cast in this was pretty good. Also a lot of familiar faces. Classic that actually is a good movie. Comedy especially and it does have its moments. Interesting too.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like religious satire or religious references with a heapin' helpin' of comedy thrown in, you will have to do a double take with Dogma. Watching it once will definately not be enough. Having endured four years of Catholic High School (while being raised a Lutheran ) was part of the reason I enjoyed the film so much. DO NOT take this film literally or you will be very disappointed in the comedy. Faith guides us, not the particular Religion we cling to. Jay and Silent Bob are at the top of the ''Best Actors that will probably never get their due'' list. The first time I watched the movie, I laughed so much I missed half of it. I even paid a late charge at the rental store to watch it for a third time. I will be buying this movie within the week so I can watch it several more times without a late charge. With a subject like religion, it is tough to pull off a comedy without offending the masses. THEY DID IT!!! Please pay close attention to the prologue of the movie. It really sets the intended tone of the mo
Guest More than 1 year ago
For some reason this was poorly reviewed - and received - when it opened at cinemas in late 1998. (Very late, in fact; almost into the New Year). This is a bizarre film, yes, but it is also a cracking piece of religious satire with an incredible cast. Alan Rickman in particular stands out as a real master of his craft (as always). Even Alanis Morissette turns up as God - so much for the 'Jesus Complex.' This probably isn't suited to Catholics, due to the incredibly funny (to everbody else) 'Catholicism Wow!' campaign, but if you are religious and have a sense of humour, maybe you'll surprise yourself at just how much you really enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this movie. It raises all sorts of questions about who we are and what God's plan is for us. I think it helps if one has received a Catholic education to understand all of it, several people I know missed half of the symbolism and were puzzled by some of the dialog. Dogma makes you think about spiritual matters and addresses some of the same moral questions we face everyday. Kevin Smith isn't thumbing his nose at religion, this is a film by someone who has a deep faith. And this Catholic found the ''Catholicism Wow!'' very funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best of all of the Kevin Smith movies. If you enjoyed Mallrats or Clerks, you'll love this religious mockery! I noticed the first reviewer had some confusing and negative things to say about the movie, I can only assume they're a holy-holy. If you're some sort of religious fanatic, don't bother buying this movie, but if you need a good laugh and you are able to set your religious beliefs aside for a little while, this movie is well worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was done to perfection. This movie does not poke fun at religion it just shows you that religion is mostly based on peoples interpretation. Excellent actors and actresses. Funny from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best movies you will ever see, guarenteed! Kevin Smith is deffinately one of the best, if not the best, writter/directors/actors out there. If you like Clerks, Mallrats, and chaising amy, then you will love dogma.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dogma was an ecxellent movie because it has so many good actors in it, like Matt Damon. It also pointed out the fact that everyone has different beliefs, so I really thought the movie was the bomb, and so is matt Damon and Ben affleck
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pearl of wisdom from the brilliant Kevin Smith. Kevin has never missed with a film yet. Each one is better than the previous. Hollywood needs to start recognizing that he is the up and coming King of moviedom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so the Catholics are uptight about this movie because it makes fun of them. Well it makes fun of all religion too. And the guy who gave this 1 star, learn how to spell angels and then we'll talk. He obviously did not understand the plot because he was Catholic. Silly Catholics, Dogma's not for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three words for this movie. Wow. Awesome. Hilarious. Oh ya, Dude you really have to learn how to spell. (a-n-g-e-l-) ha-ha-ha
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched Dogma when it first came out and was too young to understand the humor. I just watched it again four years later and realized how hilarious it is. It is a great religous satire, just over the top enough so as not to be too offensive. I would say that anyone who has a good sense of humor should give this film a try. The only thing I wasn't wild about was Alanis Morrisette as God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I happen to be deeply Spiritual. My faith teaches me to walk in the path of Christ (the Anointed One). I despise many organized religions because there is so much shaming and blaming, and driving away of those who need spirituality and support the most. I know many recovering Catholics, Pentecostals, Baptists, etc. The one most important message from Jesus was to love one another. Some of us have missed it completely. I loved Dogma because Kevin Smith was not afraid to blurt out (!) what so many are afraid to say about organized religion, and the hypocrisy that man has generated in the name of Christ. Yet, he did so in a delightful and powerful way. Jocularity! Fundamentalist Christian? An oxymoron. I praise God that we live in a country where we are free to worship or not, pray or meditate, and freely criticize and debate with one another (hopefully, following the example of doing so in a loving way). Congratulations to Kevin on having the courage to speak forth...is a sequel in the works?
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dogma'is a movie that is devious,devilish,and delishious. It's use of 'tongue-in-cheek' violence is brilliant. Kevin Smith is a very funny and clever man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Easily the best kevin smith movie avalible. This is one of the smartest, funniest and most thought-provoking comedies I have ever seen! Some catholics may take offense to this movie, but I'm a catholic and I loved it. If someone took offense to this, then they just aren't seeing past the profanity and religious mockeries. But come on, lets face it fellow catholics, our donomination is pretty easy to use as a comical target, so just relax and enjoy the movie as a movie and don't take it so seriously. Oh yeah, and for anyone who is a little confused about religion, some very interesting ideas and theories are brought up in this film amongst the vulgarities and fake blood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the cursing might put off some of us Christians with more moral sensibilities, this lapsed Christian thoroughly got the message. It got me to think about Christianity from a more enlightened, worldly view. Thanks Jay and Silent Bob!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i watched this on tv when i was younger and it was interesting. it had some weird and funny moments plus memorable characters like who else... jay and silent bob. when you watch gotta remember its only a movie.
T_Guy_McWhite More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent intersection of judeo-christian mythology, traditions, customs, socio-religious dogma and personal faith in crisis. It is funny only if you are allowed to actually think about what you believe, rather than just believe it. That is a warning. The actors all turn in excellent performances, but what else can you expect in a Kevin Smith vehicle driven by Affleck, Damon, and Rickman with Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Jason Lee? It is irreverent and hilarious, but only to those to who already recognize dogma as an artificial construct designed to impose control on large groups of people in the interests of wealth and power. Enjoy!
PVJ More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. You laugh and smile most the way through it. I would give it to anyone of my friends to watch.
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