Satan Never Sleeps

Theatrical Release: April 27, 2005
DVD Release: April 27, 2005
Satan Never Sleeps


Based on Pearl S. Buck’s gripping novel, this film follows the story of a Catholic priest in China during the Communist Revolution. Father O’Banion, a young Catholic priest assigned to a remote mission in China, meets a beautiful girl, Siu Lan, whose affections he must deny in order to serve the church. And when the red army seizes the mission and inflicts a sinister hold over Lan and everyone else at the mission, the strength of O’Banion’s faith and forgiveness are put to the ultimate test.

Dove Review

A priest (William Holden) arrives at a mission post in China accompanied by a young native girl who has joined him along the way. His job is to relieve the existing priest (Clifton Webb) who is now too old and weak to continue with the upkeep of the church. However, communist soldiers arrive at the mission and seize it as a command post. Their leader rapes the native girl and impregnates her, only to realize later that communism is no good for him. In the end, the foursome flees to the border, but they are pursued by communist forces along the way. Weaver Lee lies, berates, demolishes, defiles, beats, and then imprisons the two priests. This movie has quite a bit of objectionable material in it, but none of it is too graphic which is why I gave it the 12+ rating. It is a good, very passionate and intense movie.

Content Description

Sex: Chinese girl is raped by some red army soldiers and is impregnated by them. Nothing shown.
Language: None
Violence: People shoot at each other; stylized war violence; girl is raped; nothing graphic shown on camera.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Director: Leo McCarey
Producer: Leo McCarey
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 125 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Kadie Lukens