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Sometimes the only true struggle is the one within.
David Morse plays Father John McNamee, a catholic priest who accepts a position at an inner-city church... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

David Morse ... Father John McNamee

Thomas Ryan ... Father Dave Hagan
Philip Goodwin ... St. Francis of Assisi

Ana Reeder ... St. Therese
Robert Sella ... St. Malachy

Judy Bauerlein ... Sister Mary

Marylouise Burke ... Sister Grace

Kate Kearney-Patch ... Ivey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zuri Alexander ... Cop (as Audrey Kelley)
Frank Bowman ... Crazed Man - Addict

Tony Devon ... Ethan
Nancy Ding ... Loving Couple
J.D. Jackson ... Kurt
Christopher Kadish

Doug Megson ... Young Father Dave Hagan

LauraLee O'Shell ... Maid of Honor

Sean Oliver ... Young Father McNamee

Peter Patrikios ... Drug Addict (as Peter Petrikios)

Charley Scalies

Brian Anthony Wilson ... Loc

Andrea Havens ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Eugene Martin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eugene Martin 
John McNamee  book (as Father John McNamee)

Produced by
Robert Bahar .... associate producer
Ed Givnish .... producer
Eugene Martin .... producer
Lisa Rosenstein .... producer
Cate Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Matthew Levy 
Cinematography by
Michael Pearlman 
Film Editing by
Eugene Martin 
Juli Vizza 
Casting by
Diane Heery 
Mike Lemon 
Susan Shopmaker 
Production Design by
Robert Holtzman  (as Robert 'Ratface' Holtzman)
Costume Design by
Eden Daniels 
Makeup Department
Fran Dina-Meyer .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Solita Hanna .... assistant director (as Solita M. Hanna)
Claudio Kuhn .... second assistant director
Art Department
Christopher Jones .... key art director
Sound Department
Brian Jordan .... boom operator
Brian Miksis .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Hashim Al-Mashat .... electrician
Frank Barrera .... best boy electric
Claire F. Cario .... first assistant camera
Chong K. Pak .... second assistant camera
Jeff Schirmer .... grip
Casting Department
Erica Palgon .... casting associate
Sara Scott .... extras casting
Location Management
Tim Downs .... location manager
Michael Lehman .... location scout
Missy Moyer .... location manager
Other crew
Steven C. Beer .... producer's representative
Brandon E. Brooks .... production assistant
Max Mangel .... production assistant
David Raynor .... interim production manager
David Raynor .... key production assistant
Durier Ryan .... assistant to director
Mark Shandley .... set production assistant

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Rated PG-13 for brief language
77 min (Sundance Film Festival)


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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Invisible heroism without sentimentality, 14 September 2004
Author: Robert Bourgeois (rbourgeois01) from Wallingford, CT

David Morse captures without overstatement the persona of a dedicated priest who follows his calling to serve in an inner city community parish. There is no sugarcoating the frustration and sorrow he must embrace in order to love and serve people on the distant frontier between urban poverty and mainstream America. The portraits of the priest, his parish staff, and his parishioners are so true to life that the director must know this scene first hand. No attempt is made to beatify the priest or to create artificial and unrealistic tales of triumph and redemption among his parishioners, and consequently the viewer's experiences of both tragedy and hope arise from what feels like the substratum of true human experience.

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