The Missionary

In 1905, after ten years of missionary work in Africa, the Reverend Charles Fortescue (Michael Palin) is recalled to England, where his Bishop gives him his new assignment, to minister to London's prostitutes. Charles hopes Deborah Fitzbanks (Phoebe Nicholls), his fiancée, will object and give him an excuse to say no to the Bishop. But she is so imperturbably innocent that she totally fails to understand what he is being asked to do, and urges him to do his best. Wealthy Lady Isabel Ames (Dame Maggie Smith) is expected to fund the work, but once she makes it clear to Charles that there will be no contribution unless he shares her bed.


Domestic (100%)
Summary Details
DistributorColumbia Pictures
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Runtime1 hr 30 min
Opening Weekend$1,864,852
532 theaters
Release DateNov 5, 1982
Widest Release532 theaters
In Release63 days/9 weeks
DateRankWeekend %± LW TheatersChange AvgTo DateWeekend
Nov 5-75$1,864,852-532-$3,505$1,864,8521
Nov 12-145$1,311,391-29.7%528-4$2,483$3,890,3882
Nov 19-2110$853,918-34.9%393-135$2,172$5,121,4003
Nov 26-289$894,850+4.8%407+14$2,198$6,398,5594
Dec 3-59$580,350-35.1%460+53$1,261$7,241,1805
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