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Priest
     

Priest

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Director: Antonia Bird, Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Cathy Tyson

Cast: Antonia Bird, Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Cathy Tyson

 
Antonia Bird's controversial drama Priest comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend

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Antonia Bird's controversial drama Priest comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend this disc to anyone who is not already a fan of the film. Considering the amount of protest this film generated, a commentary track from the director would have been an interesting addition.

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It's easy to see why some knee-jerk Catholic groups opposed Antonia Bird's daring Priest, as it posits violations of two sacred Catholic church beliefs: heterosexuality and the unimpeachable privacy of the confessional. It's the latter that yields a more interesting conundrum for secular viewers, who may not be so shocked by the idea of a homosexual donning the cloth. After all, traditionally, a priest should no sooner violate confidentiality than a doctor or attorney. Either of those professionals would expect to lose the confidence of their clients if they betrayed that vow, so wouldn't a priest who practiced selective interference in the lives of those who depend on his silence deserve equal backlash? However, the promise of secrecy also relegates the priest to unconscionable passivity, which doesn't sit well with Linus Roache's title character either. While his sexual immodesties are clearly meant as the button-pushing issue, flying in the face of both celibacy and heterosexuality, the child molestation issue is the more frustrating, the more universal moral quandary. Bird fashions a captivating character portrait out of these ingredients, even if she's a little too eager to stir up ill will toward Catholics, many of whom are unsympathetic caricatures. Tom Wilkinson and Robert Carlyle submit layered supporting performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
UPC:
0717951003232
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Dolby Surround; Widescreen [1.66:1]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Linus Roache Father Greg
Tom Wilkinson Father Matthew
Cathy Tyson Maria Kerrigan
James Ellis Father Ellerton
Robert Carlyle Graham
John Bennett Father Redstone
Rio Fanning Bishop
Jimmy Coleman Funeral Director
Lesley Sharp Mrs. Unsworth
Robert Pugh Mr. Unsworth
Christine Tremarco Lisa Unsworth
Billy Dean Altar Boy
Gilly Coman Ellie Molloy
Fred Pearson Patrick
Mandy Walsh Guest at Wake
Ray Williams Boy with Stutter
Kevin Jones Boy at Beach
Matyelok Gibbs Housekeeper

Technical Credits
Antonia Bird Director
George Faber Producer
Mark Shivas Executive Producer
Fred Tammes Cinematographer

Scene Index

Chapter Selection.
0. Chapter Selection.
0. Menu Group #1 with 25 chapter(s) covering 01:37:52
1. Program Start. [:16]
2. Opening Credit. [6:13]
3. Different Convictions. [6:42]
4. Moral Guidance! [6:21]
5. At The Wake. [4:30]
6. Pickup. [5:14]
7. A Chance Encounter. [1:26]
8. In The Confessional. [5:15]
9. Perversion. [5:12]
10. At The Unsworths'. [5:12]
11. Father Greg And Graham. [2:36]
12. At Communion. [3:00]
13. Gethsemane. [4:09]
14. A Prayer Answered. [4:14]
15. Bitter Rage. [2:14]
16. A Suprise Visit. [1:11]
17. Caught In The Act. [3:06]
18. A Desperate Measure. [1:54]
19. Hypocrisy. [2:06]
20. Parting. [4:36]
21. The Trappings Of Power. [3:02]
22. A New Parish. [2:17]
23. A Visit. [6:50]
24. Forgiveness. [7:59]
25. End Credits. [2:05]

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Priest 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For years we've been (rather unfairly) subjected to the Roman Catholic Church's eternal gripes about Hollywood and flicks focusing on faith. So far,it looks like they won't give it up anytime soon. First of all,just because this film focuses on a gay man of the cloth pitted against his fellow men of God. Fr. Greg's (Linus Roache) intentions seem well-meaning to me. When he learns of Lisa's problems,he wants to do something about it but the dogmas and doctrines of the church have him shackled. As he struggles to free himself from these shackles,I think he learns more about himself and eventually discovers heroism in his troubled soul. We may all be conflicted on more than one occaision in our lives but this film proves we have strength in the most important place of all:the human heart. Also,what give the church the right to declare which promises are sacred? Only the Supreme Being in the Heavens grants such permission. I don't care if you're Catholic,Protestant,Baptist,Lutherian,Orthodox,whatever. I think you should watch this film for the humanity and power. I'm sorry the Catholic Church compels itself and it's members to condemn films,books,etc. that actually point out former's faults and past mistakes. If you're a thinking person,this film will probably be your cup of tea. Meanwhile,use humanity and compassion more often in your life. Thank you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning film. The writing is inciteful as are the performances. It would have been so easy for Father Gregg to abandon his vows and take the easy way out. The screenwriter didn't let him do that and created a better film because of it. The only fault I could find was an incredibly minor one. The sappy music at the last scene was totally unworthy of the rest of the film. Buy this. You won't regret it.