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Mass Appeal (1984)

Mass Appeal





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Jack Lemmon stars in Mass Appeal as a popular Los Angeles parish priest, who has retained the good will of his parishioners by cracking jokes and never taking a stand on crucial matters. Enter young seminarian Zeljko Ivanek, whose rebellious reputation threatens to earn him an expulsion. Lemmon is expected to bring Ivanek around to the Church's "party line," but the younger man resists the older man's advice--quite loudly at times. The audience is fully aware that, by film's end, Ivanek will have converted Lemmon instead of the other way around, but the sheer joy of watching two superb actors at work transcends the story's predictability. Mass Appeal was based on a play by Bill C. Davis, and produced by none other than the widow of McDonalds mogul Ray Kroc.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Gay & Lesbian
Directed By:
Written By: Bill C. Davis
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Universal Pictures


Jack Lemmon
as Father Tim Farley
Zeljko Ivanek
as Mark Dolson
eljko Ivanek
as Mark Dolson
Charles Durning
as Monsignor Burke
Louise Latham
as Margaret
Alice Hirson
as Mrs. Hart
Helene Heigh
as Mrs. Hart's mother
Sharee Gregory
as Marion Hart
James Ray
as Father De Nicola
Lois De Banzie
as Mrs. Dolson
Talia Balsam
as Liz Dolson
Jerry Hardin
as Mr. Dolson
Noni White
as Mother
Gloria Stuart
as Mrs. Curry
Maggie Gwinn
as Mrs. Quinn
F. William Parker
as Mr. Hartigan
John Vargas
as Scott Alvarez
Richard Doyle
as Faculty Member
Terry Wills
as Bill Kelly
Suzanne Kent
as Mickey Kelly
Christopher Carroll
as Salvatore Fitzgerald
John Devlin
as Choir Leader
Ann Nelson
as Miss Barber
John C. Becher
as Mr. Jennings
Chris Carroll
as Salvatore Fitzgerald
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Critic Reviews for Mass Appeal

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It tries to put a pleasant face on the Catholic Church.

Full Review… | November 21, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A deeply religious movie about the tricky ways our lives are graced by God.

Full Review… | July 23, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Mass Appeal

"Father" Jack Lemmon did his usual spectacular job -- the first I ever saw of Zeljkoand I loved what I saw

Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer


Mass Appeal stars Jack Lemmon, as a priest who's been in this long enough to bend the rules. He takes Mark Dolson under his wing, an extreme progressive who never sees a middle ground. The character Mark is poorly drafted, he thinks lying is an inexcusable sin, but has openly stated that he believes Jesus was gay for John. He's to much of a contradiction, and a character that's hard to like, but then again everyone but Jack Lemmon played over the top characters in this film.

Mass Appeal has a cozy mood as you can just sit back and watch, it's not an essential church drama, but does beg a few important questions.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer


This was indeed one of Jack Lemmon's most entertaining and thinkable movies I have seen him in! As Father Tim Farely, Jack is in search for faith in many different levels. Zeljko Ivanek, as Mark Dolson, plays the young man in search for answers in places he never thought he would look.
If you like good Jack Lemmon humor, and you like to think outside the box when it comes to the Church, than this is a movie worth seeing!

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