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The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 1, 1961
Cast:Norman McKay, Don Murray, Keir Dullea, Roger Ray, Sam Capuano
Director:Irvin Kershner
Producer:Walter Wood
Writer:Joseph Landon, Don Murray

Description: Director Irvin Kershner, better known for his big-budget films like The Empire Strikes Back, joins with scripters and lead Don Murray to create this moving and effective docudrama. The story is based on the experiences of real-life Rev. Charles Dismas Clark (played here by Murray), a Jesuit priest devoted to working with young ex-convicts who face uphill battles in trying to re-integrate into a society that discriminates against them. At focus is the struggle of Billy Lee Jackson (Keir Dullea) with his personal demons as he gets involved in crimes which are not of his doing alone. His case illustrates the nature of the majority of cases, and like the majority, he pays in spades for his mistakes. A powerful argument for looking at the horror of the death penalty and society's responsibility for crime, this well-wrought story is compelling and consistently effective.~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

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