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Dogma (1999)

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An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reenter Heaven.

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Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Cort ... John Doe Jersey
Barret Hackney Barret Hackney ... Stygian Triplet (as Barrett Hackney)
Jared Pfennigwerth Jared Pfennigwerth ... Stygian Triplet
Kitao Sakurai ... Stygian Triplet
George Carlin ... Cardinal Glick
Brian O'Halloran ... Grant Hicks (as Brian Christopher O'Halloran)
Betty Aberlin ... Nun
Matt Damon ... Loki
Ben Affleck ... Bartleby
Dan Etheridge Dan Etheridge ... Priest at St. Stephen's
Linda Fiorentino ... Bethany
Derek Milosavljevic Derek Milosavljevic ... Kissing Couple
Lesley Braden Lesley Braden ... Kissing Couple
Marie Elena O'Brien Marie Elena O'Brien ... Clinic Girl (scenes deleted) (as MarieElena O'Brien)
Janeane Garofalo ... Liz
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Storyline

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is enlisted to prevent two angels from reentering Heaven and thus undoing the fabric of the universe. Along the way, she is aided by two prophets, Jay and Silent Bob. With the help of Rufus, the 13th Apostle, they must stop those who stand in their way and prevent the angels from entering Heaven. Written by Jerel Parenton <J.W.Parenton@student.tcu.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language including sex-related dialogue, violence, crude humor and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

God See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,669,945, 14 November 1999

Gross USA:

$30,652,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,429,330
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When they heard Alan Rickman was a Chasing Amy (1997) fan, Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier felt confident enough to ask him to play Metatron. He read the script and came back with only two questions: 1) would we stay faithful to the script, and 2) are the wings real or CGI? See more »

Goofs

In the disclaimers at the beginning of the film, the word "judgment" is spelled "judgement". This is the UK English spelling of the word and is the spelling found in the King James Bible - it was clearly used for effect. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, the driving force behind Catholicism WOW, Cardinal Glick.
Cardinal Glick: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now we all know how the majority and the media in this country view the Catholic church. They think of us as a passe, archaic institution. People find the Bible obtuse... even hokey. Now in an effort to disprove all that the church has appointed this year as a time of renewal... both of faith and of style. For example, the crucifix. While it has been a time honored ...
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, Jay's line "So... does that mean Bethany's... part black?" line is repeated. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version altered a line of dialogue to receive a 15 certificate. All video and DVD versions restore that line. See more »

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References The Howling (1981) See more »

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Just Heard The News
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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Irreverent sweary surreal fun (definitely not for everyone)
1 December 2014 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

There are about 800 reasons why you probably won't like Kevin Smith's 1999 offering 'Dogma.' It uses abnormally foul language. It's crude. It's irreverent. It's completely wacky and also part of the 'Askewniverse' (where you basically have to watch Smith's other films to fully appreciate all the gags here). It is definitely an acquired taste.

However, if you can overlook the language, the daftness and generally light-hearted mockery of organised religion, Dogma really is something different.

For a start it has an all-star cast, not all of which are fully developed, but it's great to see so many talented performers on one cast list. Secondly, it's original. It's safe to say not many films are about a rag-tag bang of religious warriors are trying to stop two exiled angels from returning to heaven in case it destroys the very fabric of the universe. And, finally, it is genuinely funny. The banter - albeit sweary and sexual - is well-written and amusing.

Although, you may have to have a reasonably broad sense of humour to fully appreciate this. For, even if you find the banter funny, it is pretty dark. Surprisingly, it does get pretty violent in places.

So, if you're looking for some surreal, violent, foul-mouthed, smutty black humour, then this one is for you. Or, just watch any of Kevin Smith's other 'Askewniverse' films. If you like them, you should like this. The Life of Brain it isn't, but it's a different take on the misconceptions created by organised religion.


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