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Mass Appeal (1984)





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This film stars Jack Lemmon as a popular Los Angeles parish priest. Enter young seminarian Zeljko Ivanek, whose rebellious reputation threatens to earn him an expulsion. Lemmon is expected to bring Ivanek around to the Church's "party line," but the younger man resists the older man's advice.

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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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Critic Reviews for Mass Appeal

All Critics (4)

The play has been opened up very effectively for the screen in a very good script and an interesting story with an excellent cast. (Kino Lorber Studio Classics blu-ray review).

January 18, 2022 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

I found parts of it powerful, mostly thanks to Lemmon's engaging and committed performance.

December 14, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

It tries to put a pleasant face on the Catholic Church.

November 21, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A deeply religious movie about the tricky ways our lives are graced by God.

July 23, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mass Appeal


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 Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

"Father" Jack Lemmon did his usual spectacular job -- the first I ever saw of Zeljkoand I loved what I saw

Tom Ericksen
Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer

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