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Priest (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Horror, Thriller | 13 May 2011 (USA)
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A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Director:

Scott Stewart

Writers:

Cory Goodman, Min-Woo Hyung (graphic novel series "Priest")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bettany ... Priest
Karl Urban ... Black Hat
Cam Gigandet ... Hicks
Maggie Q ... Priestess
Lily Collins ... Lucy Pace
Brad Dourif ... Salesman
Stephen Moyer ... Owen Pace
Christopher Plummer ... Monsignor Orelas
Alan Dale ... Monsignor Chamberlain
Mädchen Amick ... Shannon Pace
Jacob Hopkins ... Boy
Dave Florek Dave Florek ... Crocker
Joel Polinsky Joel Polinsky ... Dr. Tomlin
Josh Wingate ... Familiar
Jon Braver ... Familiar
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Storyline

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic action thriller, is set in an alternative world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. Written by Screen Gems

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Vampire Killer See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,953,664, 15 May 2011

Gross USA:

$29,137,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,309,505
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The two companies responsible for building the bikes, Cinema Vehicle Services and Ghostlight Industries started with the Suzuki Gladius The builders took the initial artists sketches and made adjustments that would allow them to create fully functioning, usable vehicles for on the set of the film. The most striking thing about the concept bikes (apart from the huge turbines at the front) are their extended length and the low ride height which both pose significant challenges. Alloy swing arms were fitted to the rear of the bikes with a strengthened suspension setup similar to that used on sidecars. The front wheels were also extended out from the bikes using completely custom designed front ends. The low stance was then achieved by building custom fuel tanks that could be relocated to beneath the seat in the extra space created by the massively extended swing arm. Once the builders were satisfied that the chassis of the motorcycles were visually correct and safe to ride work began on the bodywork. Using foam and wood the extreme styling from the concept sketches was shaped over the heavily modified Gladius. Casts were then taken and fiberglass panels were produced for each of the six motorcycles built for the film. The final touches including paint, age effects and the weapons were then added by the productions art department before filming began. All the motorcycles produced for the film too around 6 weeks to produce. The priority of all the work done on the Suzuki's was their functionality and one builder was quoted as confidently saying that the motorcycles could be road registered and ridden daily. Some of the motorcycles still remain after filming had ended and are fully functional, See more »

Goofs

The Priests are superior fighters. But the authorities have not taken the obvious step of making them law enforcers. Which is a very common later career for military in the real world.

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Quotes

Hicks: [after Priest explained that Hicks should anticipate a vampire's move, he had to learn how to see their movement from Point A to Point B. And Hicks was apparently learning because he just, finally, shot a vampire] Point A? Meet point fucking B.
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Soundtracks

Mozart: 3. Sequentia: Dies irae (Requiem in D minor, K. 626)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Berliner Philharmoniker - Conductor Herbert von Karajan, Organ: Rudolf Scholz, Choir: Wiener Singverein, Chorus Master: Helmuth Froschauer
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great, under rated sci fi /action hybrid
8 November 2016 | by dworldeaterSee all my reviews

I saw this at the theater when it was released theatrically and I have been a fan ever since. I actually have grown more fond of this film with repeated viewings. Anyways, Priest is a very enjoyable and slick looking comic book styled action/fantasy movie that is a futuristic sci fi vampire western. Combining elements from Blade, Star Wars and the classic western, Priest is awesome and such delivers big time in the butt kicking department. This is set in a futuristic parallel universe where humans and vampires are engaged in an eternal war and battle for domination. In this retro futuristic society, the church runs the show and as such religion, government and industry are one. The vampires are faster and more agile then humans and humanity's only advantage is the sun. They are blind, insect like monsters that are vicious cgi critters that the priests must fight off with their special vatican style of kung fu. Priests are highly skilled holy warriors, similar to jedi knights, except their power comes not from the force, but the big man upstairs. This is done pretty well and the acting and storytelling are solid. Paul Bettany was excellent as the lead here, his delivery on his character is heavily influenced by Clint Eastwood and he pulls it off quite well without it coming off forced or cheesy. Bettany does well as action hero and is accompanied by Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer and Karl Urban as villain. As a whole I found this quite enjoyable and even though I much favor practical f/x, this is a total cgi fest. Even with that as a factor, the film comes off as a pretty fresh take on the vampire genre with great action and is well executed overall. Even though this is a PG 13 action film, the film is pretty violent considering and is much darker in tone than most PG 13 fare. Although, Priest plays as pretty unique it is not afraid to wear its influences on its sleeve and if you are a fan of westerns, Blade and Star Wars, Priest is the movie for for you and in my opinion Priest is much better than the Star Wars prequels.


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