Dogma (film)

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Dogma is a 1999 American comedy film written and directed by Kevin Smith, who also stars in the film as Silent Bob along with an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Bud Cort, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Jason Mewes, George Carlin, Janeane Garofalo, and Alanis Morissette.

Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson, the stars of Smith's debut film Clerks, have cameo roles, as do Smith regulars Scott Mosier, Dwight Ewell, Walt Flanagan, and Bryan Johnson.

The 4th film set in the View Askewniverse is a hypothetical-scenario film revolving around the Catholic Church and Catholic belief, which caused organized protests and much controversy in many countries, delaying release of the film and leading to at least two death threats against Smith.[1][2] The film follows two fallen angels, Loki and Bartleby, who, through a loophole in Catholic Dogma, find a way to get back into Heaven after being cast out by God. However, as existence is founded on the principle that God is infallible, their success would prove God wrong and thus undo all creation. The last scion and two prophets are sent by the Voice of God to stop them.

Aside from some scenes filmed on the New Jersey shore, most of the film was shot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



The film opens with an old man outside a skee ball arcade in New Jersey being beaten into a coma by three hockey stick-wielding teenagers (the Stygian Triplets).

Two fallen angelsBartleby (Ben Affleck), a watcher, and Loki (Matt Damon), the former Angel of Death — were banished from Heaven after an inebriated Loki, with Bartleby's encouragement, resigned. Exiled to Wisconsin for all of eternity, the pair see their salvation when a church in Red Bank, New Jersey celebrates its centennial anniversary with a plenary indulgence. They can have their sins forgiven by passing through the doors of that church, and -- upon death -- regain access to Heaven. They fail to realize that this will overrule the word of God and therefore destroy all of existence.

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