Skip to comments.My Favorite And Least Favorite Movie Priests
Posted on 10/10/2011 12:23:55 PM PDT by NYer
There have been many movies that have priests as important characters. There are movies about saints and some of them are awesome. But my post today is about priests as characters, as men involved in a story. I was watching the excellent Tom Wilkinson as Father Moore in “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” the other day on cable. It got me to thinking about some of my favorite priests as characters and also some of my least favorite.
So for discussion purposes, I thought I would get into the who’s and whys. After all, what is a Catholic blog for if not discussing movie priests. On with it.
Let’s just get this one out of the way. Max Von Awesome (aka Sydow) as Father Merrin in the Exorcist. Max played Merrin perfectly. He flawlessly embodied Merrin with reluctance, resolution, and resignation. He knew he would likely die in this exorcism, but he went ahead with it. He conveys an aged and long earned wisdom that is doubly remarkable considering he was only 44 at the time. Max has the dubious honor of being tops on my list of the creepiest movie Jesuses, But for Merrin, Max was perfect.
This bring up a point. I like to see men cast as priests portraying priests as men. Not crazy macho or anything silly like that, just men. A couple of examples.
Pat O’Brien in “Angels with Dirty Faces.” Karl Malden in “On the Waterfront” and Ward Bond in “The Quiet Man” These were some of the manliest actors of their time. The frequently portrayed characters that were tough but with hearts of gold and that’s what we got from their priest portrayals. I wish we would see more of this in the movies.
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Trevor Howard as Father Collins in Ryan’s Daughter, one fan-tas-tic movie classic!
Honorable mention to Christopher Lambert in "Too Kill a Priest" which was loosely based on Popieluszko.
Pat O’Brien as Father Jerry Connolly in “Angels With Dirty Faces.”
He wasn’t a priest - he was a minister.
Montgomery Clift in “I Confess.” A very interesting Hitchcock film.
Howard’s great in this - I love the way he smacks around Sarah Miles.
The original version of The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of my favorites! A sci-fi classic that reinterpretations cannot match.
I could make endless comments about Sarah Miles but since this is a Religion thread I’ll be a gentleman.
I thought he was. Isn’t there a point in the film where the Archbishop comes to town an offers him a promotion if he gets the town to successfully complete the challenge? I will have to dig that flick out and watch it again. It’s been many years.
You are right. I just remembered he was married in the film.
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