Commandments

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5.61 h 28 min1997R
A distraught and suicidal man chooses to express his utter loss of faith by breaking each of God's Ten Commandments.
Directors
Daniel Taplitz
Starring
Aidan QuinnCourteney CoxAnthony LaPaglia
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ComedyDrama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Louis Zorich
Producers
Michael ChinichJoe MedjuckDaniel Goldberg
Studio
Universal Pictures
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.3 out of 5 stars

67 global ratings

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Kevin J. O'ConnerReviewed in the United States on August 15, 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars
Under-rated
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Commandments is an unfairly overlooked movie. It didn't get a lot of promotion, and took a long time to come out on video at a sell-through price.
True, the lighter moments don't always sit well alongside the heavier moments, but the movie still holds together fairly well, even managing to make a few points along the way.
More importantly, unlike a lot of other movies these days, Commandments emotionally engages the viewer; you actually care what happens to the main characters.
Finally, the cinematography is fabulous. The film's visual tone is arguably the central element that holds everything else together - but it does so without overwhelming everything else.
Neither light comedy nor heavy drama, Commandments is the kind of movie that will have you wondering why you didn't see it sooner.
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BigSkyReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Let's talk about God.
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This is a great story raising many issues about how we understand God and how our lives intersect with God. I will not go into any details so as not to try and promote my own theological positions. The film is a bit "rough" on the edges, mainly for the cause of being authentic to "real life," but I can overlook this because the questions that the film raises are so applicable to any discussion of God. There are not a lot of films like this; I also thought the humor was well done.
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JillReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not recommended for religious people with no sense of humor
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But still good for the open-minded! I guess I should say you shouldn't see this movie unless you are a big fan of one of the cast members. The characters could have been developed better and the movie could have been longer (it is about an hour and a half). But still, it's a good movie to see if you like dark comedy, and I mean really, really dark. I myself liked it a lot; however, it is pretty strange and the ending could have been much, much better. Harry is a rather static character that you will probably hate, unless you love Anthony LaPaglia, and Sparky the dog is an added bonus. Rent this movie - you may regret it, but you probably won't.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timely arrival
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I received the video quickly and was very happy to find this older video.
HelenReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is one of my favorite movies, so I wanted to own it so ...
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This is one of my favorite movies, so I wanted to own it so I could watch it any time I wanted. Good story, with a very dry sense of humor, which I love.
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Sue TaylorReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie!
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One of my favorite movies.
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patricia millerReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2014
2.0 out of 5 stars
Opaque
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One of the siilliest movies I've ever seen. Religion becomes a joke (not that I'm religious, I'm not) when used this way. The idiocy of a man surviving being swallowed by a whale is beyond idiotic.
Geradine DinardoReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie hits all the emotions don't miss it.
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Poor Aidan you have to root for him in this film everything bad happens to him, but in the end he gets what he deserves.
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