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Encyclopedia > Dogma (movie)
Dogma
Directed by Kevin Smith
Written by Kevin Smith
Starring Linda Fiorentino
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck
Produced by Scott Mosier
Kevin Smith (uncredited)
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Release date November 12, 1999
Runtime 130 min.
Language Very, very foul; see Trivia
Budget $10,000,000
IMDb page

Dogma is a 1999 comedy film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, who stars in the film along with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, George Carlin, and Alanis Morissette. Download high resolution version (513x755, 70 KB)Movie poster for Dogma. ... Kevin Smith at a comics convention in 2005 Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director, comic book writer, and creator of View Askew. ... Kevin Smith at a comics convention in 2005 Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director, comic book writer, and creator of View Askew. ... Linda Fiorentino The actress Linda Fiorentino (born March 9, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an Italian-American actress notable for her roles in films such as The Last Seduction, Dogma and Men in Black. ... Matt Damon from the cover of Matt Damon: An Unauthorized Biography. ... Ben Affleck Benjamin Geza Affleck (born August 15, 1972) in Berkeley, California, is an American actor. ... Scott Moosear (born 5 March 1971) is a producer, editor and all-around film maker for View Askew, a company he founded with long time friend Kevin Smith. ... Kevin Smith at a comics convention in 2005 Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director, comic book writer, and creator of View Askew. ... Lions Gate Films (NYSE: LGF) is a Canadian production-distributor company, a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment, that is currently the largest and most successful independent film distributor-studio in North America. ... November 12 is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 49 days remaining. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Airplane! is considered by some critics to be one of the funniest movies of all time. ... Kevin Smith at a comics convention in 2005 Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director, comic book writer, and creator of View Askew. ... Ben Affleck Benjamin Geza Affleck (born August 15, 1972) in Berkeley, California, is an American actor. ... Matt Damon from the cover of Matt Damon: An Unauthorized Biography. ... Linda Fiorentino The actress Linda Fiorentino (born March 9, 1960 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an Italian-American actress notable for her roles in films such as The Last Seduction, Dogma and Men in Black. ... Alan Rickman Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born February 21, 1946) is a British stage and screen actor. ... Salma Hayek Salma Hayek (born September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico) is a Mexican actress. ... Chris Rock Chris Rock (born February 7, 1965) is an American stand-up comedian and actor born in Georgetown, South Carolina. ... Jason Lee Jason Lee (born April 25, 1970) is an American film actor. ... Jason Mewes (born June 12, 1974) is an American television and film actor from New Jersey. ... George Carlin in the film Jersey Girl George Dennis Carlin (born May 12, 1937 in New York City) is an Irish American (I used to be Irish Catholic, now Im an American. ... Alanis Morissette Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a successful Canadian/American singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ...


The comedic portrayal of the Catholic church throughout the film caused organized protests and much controversy in many countries, which resulted in long delays in releasing it and also a death threat against Smith (who was himself raised Catholic). This article considers Catholicism in the broadest ecclesiastical sense. ...


Aside from some scenes filmed on the New Jersey coast, most of the movie was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. State nickname: The Garden State Other U.S. States Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Governor Richard Codey (D)Acting Official languages None defined Area 22,608 km² (47th)  - Land 19,231 km²  - Water 3,378 km² (14. ... Nickname: The Steel City Location in Pennsylvania Founded  -Incorporated 1758   County Allegheny County Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ...


This movie was rated R by the MPAA "for strong language including sex-related dialogue, violence, crude humor and some drug content." This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ...

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Plot synopsis

Two fallen angelsBartleby (Affleck), who is a Grigori, and Loki (Damon) – were banished by God to spend all eternity in Wisconsin after a long evening at a bar during which Bartleby persuaded Loki to give up his job as the wrath of God . Azrael (Lee), a demon (and fallen muse) with a hidden agenda, secretly sends the duo a newspaper article about a Church in New Jersey, where a Cardinal (Carlin) has declared a blanket amnesty (in the form of a plenary indulgence) and initiated a contemporary Catholic image campaign in celebration of the centennial anniversary of his church. This would allow them to return to heaven, but since amnesty for fallen angels would necessarily constitute overruling the word of God (Morissette, in a cameo), the result would be not just the end of the world, but the annihilation of all creation. In Christianity, a fallen angel is an angel exiled or banished from Heaven after not obeying Gods mandate or rebelling against him. ... Bartleby the Scrivener is a short story by Herman Melville. ... The Grigori are a group of fallen angels who mated with mortal women, giving rise to a race of giants known as the Nephilim. ... This picture, from an 18th century Icelandic manuscript, shows Loki with his invention - the fishing net. ... State nickname: Badger State State motto: Forward Other U.S. States Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Official languages None Area 169,790 km² (23rd)  - Land 140,787 km²  - Water 28,006 km² (17%) Population (2000)  - Population 5,453,896 (18th)  - Density 38. ... Azrael is typically known as one of the names of the Angel of death, and is an English form of the name Izrail, the name traditionally attributed to the Angel of death appearing in the Quran. ... State nickname: The Garden State Other U.S. States Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Governor Richard Codey (D)Acting Official languages None defined Area 22,608 km² (47th)  - Land 19,231 km²  - Water 3,378 km² (14. ... In Roman Catholic theology, an indulgence is the remission of the temporal punishment due to God for sin. ... The term God is capitalized in the English language as a proper noun when used to refer to a specific monotheistic concept of a Supreme Being in accordance with Christian, Jewish )as G-d - cf. ... Since its first use in 1851, a cameo role or cameo appearance has been a brief appearance in a play (or later, a movie) that stands out against the general context for its éclat or dramatic punch. ...


The Metatron (Rickman), the Voice of God, appears to abortion clinic worker Bethany (Fiorentino) and tells her she is the Last Scion, the only living descendant of Mary and thus the only living relative of Jesus Christ, and gives her the job of stopping them. She is aided by Rufus (Rock), the 13th apostle who was left out of the Bible because he was black; Serendipity (Hayek), a muse; and the "prophets" Jay and Silent Bob (Mewes and Smith). An early Christian portrayal of Metatron Metatron (alternate spelling: Metraton, sometimes referred to as the latin Metator) is the name of an angel in Judaism and some branches of Christianity. ... This article is on the car division of Toyota. ... In Christianity, Mary (Judæo-Aramaic מרים Maryām Bitter; Septuagint Greek Μαριαμ, Mariam, Μαρια, Maria; Arabic: Maryem, مريم) was the mother of Jesus of Nazareth who at the time of his conception was the betrothed wife of Joseph, awaiting the customary Home-Taking that would permit them to start living together and to... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Alternate meanings: See Apostle (Mormonism), The Apostle (1997 movie) The Twelve Apostles (in Greek απόστολος apostolos [1] = someone sent forth/sent out, an emissary) were probably Galilean Jewish men (10 names are Aramaic, 4 names are Greek) chosen from among the disciples, who were sent forth by Jesus of Nazareth to... Serendipity is finding something unexpected and useful while searching for something else entirely. ... For other uses see Muse (disambiguation). ... Jay and Silent Bob are two fictional characters who exist in the View Askewniverse created by actor/writer/director Kevin Smith which figure prominently in most of his films. ...


The major theme of the film is about modern people regaining their faith in God, and the danger in faith (an idea) being confused with dogma (a belief). The film also is critical of the usage of faith to justify greed, war, racism, and homophobia. Look up greed in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Greed is a desire to obtain more money or material possessions or bodily satisfaction than one is considered to need. ... An act of war - the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan during World War II War is a state of widespread conflict between states, organisations, or relatively large groups of people, which is characterised by the use of violent, physical force between combatants or upon civilians. ... A black man drinks out of a water fountain designated for black people in 1939 at a streetcar terminal. ... The term homophobia is constructed from Greek όμοιος (homos), same and φόβος (fobos), fear. ...


Controversy

Although there was no opposition to the film while the actual filming and pre-production was taking place, the following months of post-production and publicity were plagued with controversy over a perceived anti-Christian message read into the film. Over time, the filmmakers received over 300,000 pieces of hatemail (including several death threats) and were the target of a campaign from the Catholic League. The Catholic League in particular attacked Disney and Miramax, the original distributors, for being anti-Catholic. However, eventually the film's distribution rights were sold to Lion's Gate and the Catholic League's protests dried up instantly because Disney's name was no longer attached. Hate mail is mail (electronic, postal, or otherwise) which is threatening towards the addressee, or exceptionally abusive or offensive. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Miramax is a Big Ten film distribution and production company. ...


When the film actually came out, Kevin Smith and Brian Johnson participated in a protest at the Sony Multiplex in Eatontown, New Jersey. A news crew captured the incident and broadcasted an interview with "Brian Johnson" (or, in reality, Kevin Smith using his friend's name as an alias) on the evening Channel 12 news.


DVD

In 2001 a 2 disc special edition DVD of the film was released with numerous extra features including: 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...

  • Commentary by director Kevin Smith, Ben Affleck and Jason Lee
  • Commentary by producer Scott Mosier and Vincent Pereira
  • Commentary by director Kevin Smith, Producer Scott Mosier and View Askew Historian Vincent Pereira
  • Complete Set of Storyboards from Three Major Scenes
  • 100 Minutes of Deleted Scenes with View Askew Crew Intros
  • Cast and Crew Outtakes
  • Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash Spot
  • Saints and Sinners Talent Files

The deleted scenes include one where Loki explains to Silent Bob his take on Star Wars and how it is actually about religious conflicts. Star Wars is a series of science fantasy films created by writer/producer/director George Lucas. ...


See also: New Jersey films. The New Jersey films are five motion pictures, written and directed by Kevin Smith with his View Askew production company, and partially or completely set in New Jersey. ...


Trivia

  • The word "fuck" is used 120 times in the film, a rough average of about .92 times per minute.

Fuck is a strong and generally provocative expletive in Modern English and is one of the most well-known vulgarisms in the English-speaking world. ... A minute is: a unit of time equal to 1/60th of an hour and to 60 seconds. ...

External links

Kevin Smith
Films
The New Jersey films: Clerks. | Mallrats | Chasing Amy | Dogma | Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back | The Passion of the Clerks

Other: Jersey Girl | An Evening with Kevin Smith | The Green Hornet | Fletch Won The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), owned by Amazon. ... Kevin Smith at a comics convention in 2005 Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American screenwriter, film director, comic book writer, and creator of View Askew. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... The New Jersey films are five motion pictures, written and directed by Kevin Smith with his View Askew production company, and partially or completely set in New Jersey. ... Clerks. ... Mallrats is a 1995 movie by filmmaker Kevin Smith, part 2 of his 5-episode Askewniverse series. ... Chasing Amy is a 1997 romantic comedy film about two comic book artists: Holden McNeil (Ben Affleck), a heterosexual male, and Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams), a lesbian. ... Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is the fifth movie from Kevin Smith, famous for his cult films Clerks. ... The Passion of the Clerks is the 2005 sequel to Kevin Smiths movie Clerks. ... Jersey Girl is writer/director Kevin Smiths first grown-up film outside his View Askewniverse or Jersey Trilogy that encompassed his first five films and centered on stoner layabouts Jay and Silent Bob. ... An Evening with Kevin Smith is a Question and Answer session that writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith holds with his fans at various American colleges, including: Clark University, Cornell University, Indiana University, Kent State University and University of Wyoming. ... The Green Hornet is a 2006 film, written by Kevin Smith. ... Fletch Won is the eighth book in the Fletch series of mystery/comedy novels written by Gregory Mcdonald, and was published in 1985. ...

Notable characters created by Kevin Smith
Jay and Silent Bob | Dante Hicks | Randal Graves | Banky Edwards | Alyssa Jones | Leonardo Leonardo
Other related articles
View Askew | View Askewniverse | Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash | Silent Bob Speaks
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Dogma (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1944 words)
Dogma is a 1999 comedy film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, who stars in the film along with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, George Carlin, Janeane Garofalo, and Alanis Morissette.
She is aided by Rufus (Rock), the thirteenth apostle who was left out of the Bible because he was fl; Serendipity (Hayek), a muse turned stripper; and the "prophets" Jay and Silent Bob (Mewes and Smith).
Back when I made "Dogma", I always maintained that another movie about religion wouldn't be forthcoming, as "Dogma" was the product of 28 years of religious and spiritual meditation, and I'd kinda shot my wad on the subject.
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