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Absolution (1978) is a thriller directed by Anthony Page and written by playwright Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Richard Burton as a priest who teaches at a boys' school and finds one of his favorite students is playing a nasty practical joke on him. He sets out to investigate the prank and stumbles upon a dead man's body, leading to his life spiraling out of control. The film was shot on location at Ellesmere College, Ellesmere in Shropshire and in Pinewood Studios. This was Billy Connolly's first film. Christopher Lee was considered for the lead before Burton agreed to it. Although the film was produced in 1978 it was not released in America until a decade later.
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