Mass Appeal

Director: Glenn Jordan
Screenwriters: Bill C. Davis

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


Jack Lemmon starts as Father Farley, and easy-going, if somewhat complacent Catholic priest who prefers the motions of priesthood to its deeper meaning. He is brought face-to-face with his own compromises by a young seminarian who hungers for the religious and celebate life following a troubled youth. While Father Farley can show the young man the protocols of priesthood, it is the seminarian who inspires his teacher to relearn the basis of the spiritual life. Zeljko Ivanek’s performance as the young man is especially stirring, more than holding his own with the always effective veteran Jack Lemmon.

Screening Details

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