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Absolution(1988)

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Brief Synopsis

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. The plot soon thickens as Stanfield's fellow student Arthur Dyson mysteriously disappears. In confession, Stanfield claims to have murdered him too. Outside of confession, he denies everything, leaving Goddard powerless. Confused by murders he is not allowed to talk about, Father Goddard starts to go mad. He eventually murders Stanfield with a spade, only to discover that his pet student never confessed to anything but the initial scarecrow prank. After that, another student, who is a great voice impersonator, decided to take a hideous revenge on Goddard, taking advantage of the confession booth where one whispers and cannot be seen.

Cast & Crew

Anthony Page Director
Richard Burton Father Goddard
Dominic Guard Benjie Stanfield
Dai Bradley Arthur Dyson
Andrew Keir Headmaster
Willoughby Gray Brigadier Walsh
Hilda Fenemore Mrs Hoskins
Sharon Duce Louella
Hilary Mason Miss Froggatt
Trevor Martin Mr Gladstone
Robin Soans Father Henryson
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MPAA Ratings:  R Premiere Info: 
Release Date:  1988 Production Date: 
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  not available, not available
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  .....Production Company, .....Distribution Sales, .....Foreign Theatrical Distributor, .....Domestic Video Distributor
Duration(mins):  Country:  United Kingdom (GB)
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  • Great twist at the end!

    Beth 2007-12-03

    Loved this movie starring Richard Burton. I was kept on the edge of my seat and totally surprised with the ending. MORE>