Mass Appeal


(out of 5)

Superb performances are the best thing about this intelligent and sensitive drama. After two male seminary students are expelled from their school for being lovers, another student () calls the Catholic church’s stance on sexual relationships into question and has heated debates about it with a sympathetic priest ().  Written by Bill C. Davis from his own play, the film addresses issues of archaic religion in a modern context and has two characters whose own faith is constantly at war with their common sense. Great interplay between the two leads, especially with Davis’s excellent dialogue, though the material tends to be a bit too obvious with its message to come across all that smoothly to an audience.

David Foster Productions, Jalem Productions, Operation Cork, Turman-Foster Company

USA, 1984

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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