Absolution (1981)

Father Goddard (Richard Burton), an austere schoolmaster-priest at a Roman Catholic boarding school, considers Benjie Stanfield (Dominic Guard) to be an ideal candidate for the priesthood. But Stanfield's friendship with a local hippy (Billy Connolly) leads to murder.

His confessions to Burton drive the priest insane, and he goes into the woods to dig up the corpses.

Lashings of Catholic guilt pervade this totally bonkers potboiler, and it might never have been released had it not been for the star presence of Burton, the film's only point of interest.

Father Goddard
Richard Burton
Benjie Stanfield
Dominic Guard
Blakey
Billy Connolly
Headmaster
Andrew Keir
Arthur Dyson
David Bradley
Brigadier Walsh
Willoughby Gray
Father Hibbert
Preston Lockwood
Father Clarence
Brook Williams
Father Matthews
James Ottaway
Mrs Hoskins
Hilda Fenemore
Louella
Sharon Duce
Miss Froggatt
Hilary Mason
Cawley
Robert Addie
Gladstone
Trevor Martin

Director
Anthony Page