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Priest [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson, Lesley Sharp
  • Directors: Antonia Bird
  • Writers: Jimmy McGovern
  • Producers: George Faber, Joanna Newbery, Josephine Ward, Mark Shivas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 1999
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428093
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,076 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Touring Mars VINE VOICE on 24 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
"Priest" was always bound to court controversy, being about a homosexual Catholic priest, and garnered alot of unfair negative publicity as a result. This is a real shame, because "Priest" is a magnificent film that covers alot of ground emotionally. The fact that the lead character happens to be a priest is (for me atleast) secondary to the main point of the film. The real core of what this film is about is love (or the lack of it) and personal relationships.
Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) has to struggle with his own conflicting emotions about being gay AND being a priest, whilst dealing with the day-to-day reality of what his 'job' as a priest entails. And when he is confronted with the awful situation of a young girl who reveals to him that she is being sexually abused by her father, his faith is shaken to it's core. Pilkington (although bound by the confidentiality of the confessional), attempts to confront the father, who sneers in his face and flatly refuses to accept that his actions are wrong. With a deep feeling of powerlessness against such an evil, coupled with his denial of his own love for his partner (played brilliantly by Robert Carlyle), Father Pilkington finds himself in turmoil. Things are brought to a head when he is caught 'in flagrante' with his lover by the police, leading to consternation within his parish, and his (temporary) removal from the church whilst he does his pennance. But the friendship and support of another priest, Father Thomas (Tom Wilkinson, also of Full Monty fame) brings him back from the brink. Only Father Thomas' ability to challenge his own narrow-mindedness by accepting Pilkington's homosexuality (and hence realising his ultimately good and loving nature), is able to pull Plikington back from turning away from the priesthood completely.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Hunter on 24 Aug 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I am SO glad that I bought this video. It is a film that can....and will be watched over and over again. You can't help feeling involved in the story. I had my expectations that the story was going to be solely about the sexuality of the priest, but it's not. Yes it plays a large part of the film, but a lot of it is struggle with the morals and ethics of being a priest, and his being accepted by the community, when he is "outed".
I urge you to buy this video.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Jun 2004
Format: DVD
This is quite simply a superb film with a strong message about intolerance and sexuality. I had the film on VHS for a long time but it was getting worn so while in the US purchased the DVD as it does not seem to have been released here in that format. I was hugely disappointed to discover that several key scenes had been cut or shorted to just a few seconds, no doubt to pander to middle American sensibilities, including a beautiful gay love scene. This is a crying shame because you so seldom see this depicted in such a positive and loving way. At a time when the public so often see homosexuality as a sex thing, the chance has been lost to show that gay men do, in fact, fall in deeply, passionately and very innocently love just like everyone else. I look forward to the day the uncut version appears on DVD in the UK. Until then, I can't recommend this film highly enough, despite the censorship.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2001
Format: VHS Tape
If ever a film should have won awards, then it is this one. Every scene has meaning, with plot and sub plot intermingling to keep the audience glued to the screen. Never before (except with Ken Loach's films) has grittiness been so well mixed with romance and clear cynicism. Linus Roache gives a superb portrayal of a man, plagued by guilt borne out of unrealistic societal expectation of modern day priests. Faced with the constraints and traditionalism of the Catholic church, he crumbles under his own desires and self-loathing. The dilemmas facing modern day priesthood are explored without patronising any of the characters involved. This is a must see film.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Marks on 16 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
This superb film about a young Roman Catholic priest, torn apart by the conflict between his devout, deeply committed Christian faith and his homosexuality, remains by far the best I have ever seen, of its genre. The film accurately portrays that conflict with profound insight. Moreover, thankfully this Dutch DVD version is uncut (unlike the US DVD version) so the sensitively portrayed love scene and others are left intact. It is really good news that this important film is now available on DVD without being censored, even though the actual picture quality is hardly better than the original videotape.

Since the film was released in 1994, Western society has moved on significantly in becoming much more accepting of love between gay people and committed relationships. Unfortunately the RC Church along with many evangelical Protestant churches have not. On the contrary, many have become more conservative than ever; so the deep inner conflicts remain for many gay Christian people, who find no help from the traditional Churches and still encounter much hostility and outright rejection from their fellow Christians. For anyone wishing to understand why that conflict still exists and remains so strong in the 21st Century, this must-see film helps to illustrate the reasons for those conflicts. But in any case it is well worth seeing just as a beautiful story of love between two gay men in a hostile world.
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