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Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  27 September 1996 (USA)
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The phrase "entertaining angels" refers to the practice of treating all guests--be they kings or peasants--as if they were visiting angels. This is the challenge for all humble Christians ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sister Aloysius
Mike Gold
Maggie Bowen
Lionel Moise
Floyd Dell
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Dan Irwin
Pamela Shafer ...


The phrase "entertaining angels" refers to the practice of treating all guests--be they kings or peasants--as if they were visiting angels. This is the challenge for all humble Christians and the one Dorothy Day rises to meet. Written by B.D. Cruz

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No force could sway her. No fear could stop her.


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Rated PG-13 for a range of thematic elements, some sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »




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27 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Entertaining Angels  »

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A Sincere Effort
7 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...and as good an introduction as I could hope to someone who had to have been a complex person.

I'd only heard of Dorothy Day before I viewed this movie at a Catholic retreat house run by the Redemptorists.

I suspect the producers felt they could go only so far with the subject matter, but they paid attention. The fact that they even tried reflects well on them.

Moira Kelly credibly kept my attention throughout. I could recognize Melinda Dillon, Heather Graham, Brian Keith and Martin Sheen among the other players, but that's not to slight the large cast that truly worked as an ensemble.

I'll doubtless learn more, and plan that by reading Day's autobiography "The Long Loneliness" and her account of the Catholic Worker movement, "Loaves and Fishes".

Any film that inspires me to learn more about its subject earns my respect.

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