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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 ... 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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A New Comic Fantasy from the Director of 'Clerks' and 'Chasing Amy' See more »


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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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

The boardwalk where God (as John Doe Jersey) is incapacitated by the triplets is the same boardwalk used in a few episodes of The Sopranos. See more »

Goofs

The Catholic concept of a Plenary Indulgence is incorrectly described. When Bartleby describes the Plenary Indulgence offered upon passing through the doorway of the Cathedral during Cardinal Glick's rededication ceremony, he states that by passing through the doorway "all their sins will be forgiven." Additionally, Grant Hicks describes plenary indulgence as a "clean slate." However, an indulgence is not the forgiveness of sins, it is the removal of the need for temporal punishment for sins that have already been forgiven through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, i.e. confession and absolution by a priest. The indulgence allows the removal of the need for punishment through penance in the current life, or through Purgatory in the world to come. 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

At the end of Loki and Bartelby's discussion of the arch's ability to cleanse the soul of all sin, in the DVD version Loki says, "If I had a dick, I'd go get laid." In the original theatrical version, the line was, "If I had a dick, I'd masturbate," referring to the Catholic belief that masturbation is a worse sin than fornication. (Essentially, this is because fornication can lead to marriage and procreation, but masturbation cannot.) See more »

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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.3 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Skokiaan
Written by August Msarurgwa
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Perez Prado)
Used by permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc. sub-publisher for English speaking countries on behalf of Gallo (Africa) Ltd.
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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A winner on many counts
29 April 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

It is not often that you get to see a group of stars that you like in a funny movie that also makes some interesting points.

Matt Damon (The Bourne Ultimatum ), Linda Fiorentino (Unforgettable). Severus Snape, Jay and Silent Bob, Salma Hayek (Frida), George Carlin, and, of course, God (Alanis Morissette), all join to make this irreverent and funny movie.

The premise is so interesting, and the fact that it is set in New Jersey is so appropriate, whether intentional or not. As a recovering Catholic, I remember the teaching of the church that I could basically sin all I want, but if I repent at the end, I will be saved and go to heaven. New Jersey is reputedly the home of many undesirable criminals with vowels on the ends of their names - maybe some of them even relatives of mine - and I know they are predominately Catholic. I am sure they are counting on this "escape clause," just as Loki and Bartleby were counting on the same thing.

Yes, while I was laughing, I was also carefully looking at the images {the golden calf (money) we worship} and listening to the lines. There is a wealth of material in this movie and it was thoroughly enjoyable.

One to see again and again.


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