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Absolution

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At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard. In confession, Stanfield tells Goddard that he has accidentally murdered his friend Blakey and buried him in the forest. When Goddard investigates the matter, he finds a buried scarecrow. Goddard is outraged, but, due to the seal of confession, he knows he cannot expel Stanfield. Shortly after, Stanfield once again enters the confession booth, telling Goddard that what before was a practical joke, he has now made happen. In disbelief, Goddard once again goes to the forest to investigate the matter. This time, he discovers Blakey's dead body.

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00486UTF8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jeffrey Ellis on December 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Absolution, an English psychological thriller with a strong anti-religion subtext (a genre almost single handedly created by the film's screenwriter Anthony Shaffer with his far superior film The Whicker Man), was one of Richard Burton's final films. After decades of heavy drinking and Liz Taylor, Burton, in his declining years, tended to show every sign of his lifestyle. This was often to the detriment of the film's he was involved in and Absolution is no different. In this film, Burton plays a rather niave, obviously repressed priest whose latent feelings for one of his students (Burton's character teaches Latin at a Catholic school) leaves him open to psychological manipulation. However, one look at Burton's tired, blood-shot eyes and his ravaged face and its hard to buy Burton in the role. Which is unfortunate because after years of contributing little to his performances beyond his famous voice, Burton actually does a pretty good job. With the exception of a few over-the-top scenes at the end, Burton brings a subtle sense of anguish to a character that, otherwise, would have been totally unsympathetic. In the film's best scenes, Burton suggests a great humanity underneath the priest's chilly surface and he makes the priest's sexual and later psychological torments quite believable.
The film's twisty plot is pure Shaffer -- a rigid, conservative system is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a liberating, almost pagan force (which, in a typical Shaffer twist, turns out to be as false as the establishment it destroys) and a great deal of senseless violence ensues. In Absolution, that establishment is the Catholic Boys School where Richard Burton teaches and dotes on one student (Dominic Guard) to an uncomfortable degree.
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Richard Burton is a priest at a catholic school for boys. One day during latin class he tells the boys about the sanctity of confession, and that the priest who hears it is bound to not reveal the confession to anyone. This is true even if the confessor has committed murder. Well, this puts ideas into the heads of some of the lads, who set out to use this information against the priest himself. False confessions are made, as well as a confession of murder! Burton's character is sent into turmoil trying to get to the bottom of things. He's made a fool of and also gets drawn into a dark plot to destroy him. ABSOLUTION has many twists and creepy moments. I was surprised at how good it turned out to be. I was expecting some dumb religious movie! Track this one down...
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Approximately the first half of this film was so boring that I considered turning it off several times, but I love Richard Burton and was intrigued by the premise. Also the fact that Amazon's description claimed the film is based on a true story kept me going (although it turns out, Amazon made that up; it is not a true story--as explained in the standard disclaimer at the end about the characters and storyline being fictional). The second half was mostly just absurd. And the ending literally did not make sense. ***Spoiler Alert***: This is what I mean about the ending. Character #1: I will go to the police and confess to the murder that I committed AND the murder you committed, so you can be off the hook and just turn your life around and become a good servant of God. Character #2: Wait, no, that's too easy on you--I don't want you to have the satisfaction of being a martyr. You have two choices--confess your murder to the police and rot in prison, or kill yourself, which is a mortal sin. Character #1: Aaggghhhhh! This is horrible! What ever will I do? You've taken away my first choice to confess to BOTH murders and rot in prison even longer!! Oh no!!! Also, how awful that apparently I am required to do what you tell me to! Don't waste an hour and half of your life on this; it's truly lousy.
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I hadn't heard of this movie until reading up on Anthony Shaffer. So I thought I'd give it a try. Solid storytelling with a constant sense that something "bad" was going to happen. But never sure just what. It kept me guessing up until the final scenes - much like The Wicker Man. Burton is in top form and the supporting cast of boys are great to watch. Having been raised a Catholic - I found the story to be quite interesting, alot like "I Confess" by Hitchcock. And the tension builds as the story plays out - and one never knows what is truth and what is not. I enjoy movies like these - that keep you guessing and wondering where it's headed. The ending is perfect!!!
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This was a pretty good older movie that concerns a priest in a boy's school who has to deal with the problems of the sanctity of a boy's confession, and the sin he confessed to committing. It is done differently than it probably would be done if it were made now, but entertaining, nevertheless.
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This was a good british film from the late 70,s which features Richard Burton in a starring role as a priest in a Catholic school for boys. a movie with a lot of twists and turns. but I couldnt enjoy watching it because of the terrible manufacturing quality of the DVD that it was made on.
I do not blame Movie Mars for this since I bought it brand new & factory sealed, and because I buy more stuff from Movie Mars than any other dealer on Amazon, and will continue to whenever possible. I believe the fault lies with the company who manufactures this particular DVD.
It played fine for about 30 minutes but then started to stop for 5 to 10 seconds and go black and then starts again in 2 to 5 minute intervals and then becomes more frequent the further into the movie it goes.most of the other movie DVD's I have purchased have played fine, but the manufacturing quality of this one totally sucked.
It is put out by Cheesy Flicks Entertainment instead of the original company that made the film.
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