Mass Appeal

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Father Tim Farley (Jack Lemmon), the popular priest of a conservative Roman Catholic parish, is challenged by upstart liberal seminary student Mark Dolson (Zeljko Ivanek). Farley is popular because he gives the parish what it wants, but Dolson's questioning of church policy conflicts with his easygoing and passive regard for rules. When the monsignor (Charles Durning) places newly ordained Deacon Dolson in Farley's parish, hoping Dolson will conform, it is Farley who reconsiders church dogma.

Cast

Jack Lemmon
as Father Tim Farley
Zeljko 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
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Audience Reviews for Mass Appeal

  • Mar 03, 2014
    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 D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2008
    "Father" Jack Lemmon did his usual spectacular job -- the first I ever saw of Zeljkoand I loved what I saw
    Tom E Super Reviewer

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