Review: ‘Absolution’

Absolution is a dull, gloomy, nasty, contrived marketplace misfit, apparently designed to ride on Richard Burton's shirttails.

Absolution is a dull, gloomy, nasty, contrived marketplace misfit, apparently designed to ride on Richard Burton’s shirttails.

Or in this case his cassock since the actor portrays a stern, super devout priest-teacher in a Catholic boarding school for boys. Gist of Anthony Shaffer’s melodramatic plot has to do with a catch-22 test of Burton’s faith as two embittered students, taking advantage of the secrecy of the confessional box, conspire to drive him round the bend and to an unwitting killing.

It’s heavy, artless going, with an abrupt, embarrassing (for Burton) conclusion. Anthony Page’s direction is routine, perhaps unavoidably.

Absolution

UK

Production

Kastner-O'Donovan. Director Anthony Page; Producer Elliott Kastner, Danny O'Donovan; Writer Anthony Shaffer; Camera John Coquillon Editor John Victor Smith; Music Stanley Myers Art Natasha Kroll

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Richard Burton Dominic Guard Billy Connolly Dai Bradley Andrew Keir Willoughby Gray (Kastner-O'Donovan
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