Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Movies - Roles of Reverence...

Feature Presentation...

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. He was a very spiritual man and often took on the role like that of a preacher tending his congregation. As the Bumbles point out, this is probably why his speeches and talks were so moving. Spiritual leaders are portrayed in films on a regular basis. Those doing good works, others masquerading as good. Stereotypes, humorous twists and everyday roles. Priests, nuns, preachers, rabbis - you name it, Hollywood has cast it. Share on your blog movies that portray a religious character role. Link your post back to The Bumbles Blog. If you don't have a blog, list your choices in the comment section of The Bumbles Movie post!

Spencer Tracy as Father Edward J. Flanagan in Boys Town (1938)

Charleton Heston as Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956)

Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas Moore in A Man For All Seasons (1966)

Sam Waterston as Rabbi Ben in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)

Morgan Freeman as God in Bruce Almighty (2003)

George Burns as God in Oh God! (1977)

Max von Sydow as Father Merrin and Jason Miller as Father Karras in The Exorcist (1973)

Mark Ivanir as Mendel Goldin and Bern Cohen as Rebbe Horowitz in Holy Rollers (2010)

Dermot Kerrigan as Father Patrick in Waking Ned Devine (1998)


  1. George Burns as God was one of the first ones to pop in my head, but Morgan Freeman is a great pick too.

  2. So many great movies on your list! I actually thought of Morgan Freeman, and then lost it again when I started writing. Great choices.

  3. I love Sam Waterston, so I'm going to have to look up that movie. Good picks!

  4. Here I mention exorcists in my post today (not in the context of the movie) and I was completely drawing a blank as to the title of that movie when I read Sandy's post. Great choices, Amy!

  5. You've brought up some good ones here! I really loved Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty!

  6. Oh, I loved "Waking Ned Devine!" Thanks for reminding me about it. I think I'll have to rent it soon; my son has never seen it and I think he'd like it a lot as well.