Favorite Movie Priest

Tuesday, October 11, AD 2011

Pat Archbold at National Catholic Register has raised the question of who is your favorite and least favorite movie priests.   I’ll pass on least favorite;  too many nauseating candidates.   My favorite is easy.  Karl Malden gave the performance of a lifetime as Father Barry in On the Waterfront (1954) preaching an impromptu sermon over the dead body of a murdered longshoreman whose union is controlled by mobsters.  Malden’s portrayal of a fearless tough priest telling the Gospel message to men cowed by their fear of the gangsters who control them is completely magnificent and unforgettable.

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