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The Conflict


In this drama, a conservative Catholic priest representing the Pope is sent to Ireland to settle down a few influential radical priests whose doctrine is contrary to standard church guidelines. AKA The Conflict.
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In this drama, a conservative Catholic priest representing the Pope is sent to Ireland to settle down a few influential radical priests whose doctrine is contrary to standard church guidelines. AKA The Conflict.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • UPC: 625282901298
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Legacy Entertainment
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:16:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,143

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Sheen Father Kinsella
Trevor Howard The Abbot
Cyril Cusack Father Manus
Michael Gambon Brother Kevin
Andrew Keir Father Matthew
Godfrey Quigley Father Walter
Leon Vitali Brother Donald
John Kelly Brother Paul
Tom Jordan Father Terrence
Richard Oliver Brother Alphonsus
Frankie Howerd Father Colum
Derry Power Monk
Joe Pilkington Boatman
Geoffrey Golden Publican
Raf Vallone Father General (uncredited)
John Franklyn Brother Martin
Technical Credits
Jack Gold Director
John Clark Art Director
Anne V. Coates Editor
Carl Davis Score Composer
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Sidney Glazier Executive Producer
Barry Levinson Producer
Brian Moore Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [5:25]
2. Chapter 2 [10:30]
3. Chapter 3 [7:44]
4. Chapter 4 [4:23]
5. Chapter 5 [12:01]
6. Chapter 6 [4:09]
7. Chapter 7 [7:21]
8. Chapter 8 [6:32]
9. Chapter 9 [6:28]
10. Chapter 10 [2:57]
11. Chapter 11 [4:25]
12. Chapter 12 [4:41]
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Side #1 --
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Film (But Flawed VHS/DVD Editing)

    This 1973 made-for-TV movie was shown full-length on U.S. public broadcasting stations. It is a visually and intellectually impressive film. The story line is very faithful to the 1972 book 'Catholics' by Brian Moore, with only a couple of scenes sequenced differently, and in my opinion, rather more effectively than in the book. Unfortunately, VHS and DVD versions have been shortened, with about the first ten minutes of the original film deleted. This is a significant defect. The first few minutes of the original film were essential in setting the context for the conflict portrayed between the traditionalist Irish monks led by their Father Abbot (Trevor Howard), and the modernist representative (Martin Sheen) of their order's Father General. During these missing first few minutes, we would have seen Sheen meeting with the Father General (Raf Vallone) in Rome, and discussing the 'problem' of the return of Latin Mass celebration by the monks of Howard's abbey and the growing world-wide popularity of that celebration. The first scene made it clear that the time period portrayed is hypothetical and futuristic. In this fabulous Roman Catholic Church, additional modifications and liberalization of doctrine are supposed to have taken place beyond those that have been in effect since Vatican II. There are mentions of a 'Vatican IV' and other hypothetical conventions. Missing the original initial scene, many may believe that the film has grossly erred in, or deliberately distorted, current Roman Catholic beliefs. This was not the motive of the movie as originally filmed, and it is a tremendous loss to the integrity of the original story that the vital first scene of the movie has been edited away. However, this does explain the crediting of Raf Vallone as Father General at the start and end of the film, when in fact Raf Vallone/Father General never appears in the VHS or DVD versions. It would be well worthwhile to read the first chapter of the book before seeing a shortened home video release, if at all possible. DVD video quality is disappointing. The color is washed out, and in several scenes it is strangely yellow-tinted. Various VHS editions vary in this respect, but a VHS copy issued by USA Home Video has the best reproduction of this film of any VHS or DVD I've seen. The original film and VHS title is ''Catholics, A Fable' but the cryptic title of 'The Conflict' has been assigned to the DVD. The DVD also contains an idiotic special feature in the form of an interactive quiz about the movie content. One may entertain one's self with such challenging questions as 'What was on the sign carried by the man in the brown suit?' or 'What color was the priest's car?' The quiz even has incorrect answers! In spite of these problems, I state without reservation that this movie is well worth owning in any form. Since Vatican II there has existed a Roman Catholic traditionalist movement that today seems to have more Vatican-sanctioned success than would ever have been thought possible at the time this film was made. Some have tried to relate the events portrayed in this film to that movement. But by movie's end, this work actually has explored far more important issues of religious belief, and its loss. This is a film that will be of interest to anyone, of whatever faith or none, for whom philosophy of religion is of interest. This film is NOT an apologia for actions or attitudes of activist groups such as today's Society of Saint Pius X. The acting by Trevor Howard is absolutely flawless and authentic. It is art and it is masterful and it is heartfelt and it is beautiful. Almost equally so is that of Cyril Cusack, who plays the role of Father Manus, a monk. Sheen's role is important, but not nearly as much as Howard's, and not remotely as well-crafted. This is as intelligent and entertaining a film today as it was when it was made 30 years ago. Let us hope someone in the near future will gather an old PBS copy of th

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New and improved versus the Old and proven

    A must see for every Catholic. Gets to the Heart of the Matter, i.e., the destruction of the Church from within. Potrays in detail the concept: Was the Church instituted for the saving of Souls, or for the improvment of physical mankind?

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