The Hoodlum Priest

Overview

Director Irvin Kershner, better known for his big-budget films like The Empire Strikes Back, joins with scripters and lead Don Murray to create this moving and effective docudrama. The story is based on the experiences of real-life Rev. Charles Dismas Clark played here by Murray, a Jesuit priest devoted to working with young ex-convicts who face uphill battles in trying to re-integrate into a society that discriminates against them. At focus is the struggle of Billy Lee Jackson Keir Dullea with his personal ...
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Overview

Director Irvin Kershner, better known for his big-budget films like The Empire Strikes Back, joins with scripters and lead Don Murray to create this moving and effective docudrama. The story is based on the experiences of real-life Rev. Charles Dismas Clark played here by Murray, a Jesuit priest devoted to working with young ex-convicts who face uphill battles in trying to re-integrate into a society that discriminates against them. At focus is the struggle of Billy Lee Jackson Keir Dullea with his personal demons as he gets involved in crimes which are not of his doing alone. His case illustrates the nature of the majority of cases, and like the majority, he pays in spades for his "mistakes." A powerful argument for looking at the horror of the death penalty and society's responsibility for crime, this well-wrought story is compelling and consistently effective.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • UPC: 883904129462
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Murray Rev. Charles Dismas Clark, S.J.
Larry Gates Louis Rosen
Cindi Wood Ellen Henley
Keir Dullea Billy Lee Jackson
Logan Ramsey George Hale
Don Joslyn Pio Gentile
Sam Capuano Mario Mazziotti
Vince O'Brien District Attorney
Al Mack Judge Garrity
Joseph Cusanelli Hector Sterne
Bill Atwood Weasel
Warren Parker Warden
Joe Hamilton Prison Chaplain
Louise Martini Angelo Mazziotti
Norman McKay Father Dunne
Technical Credits
Irvin Kershner Director
Karl Brainard Set Decoration/Design
Ted Coodley Makeup
Alexis Davidoff Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Deer Screenwriter
Joseph Landon Screenwriter
Richard Markowitz Score Composer
Don Murray Producer, Screenwriter
John S. Poplin Art Director
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer
Walter Wood Producer
Maurice E. Wright Editor
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