Absolution

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  • Thrillers
A hoary old Gothic thriller from the pen of Anthony Shaffer which should surprise nobody familiar with the plot twists wrought in Sleuth and Deathtrap. Burton as the humourless teacher-priest in a Catholic boarding school oozes fleshly torment as his prize pupil (Guard) develops a malicious rebellious streak, indulged in by a cunning manipulation of the inviolable privacy of the confessional. But, as always with Shaffer, things are not what they seem, and the last act revelations about the mystery of the missing pupil (Bradley as a grotesquely pimply cripple) tumble tediously out.

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Anthony Page
Screenwriter: Anthony Shaffer
Cast: Richard Burton
Dominic Guard
Dai Bradley
Andrew Keir
Billy Connolly
Willoughby Gray
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