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Savage Messiah (2002)

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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings ... See full summary »

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Paula Jackson
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Roch 'Moïse' Thériault
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Lise
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Vern (as Justin Louis)
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Danielle
Julie La Rochelle ...
Suzette
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Marie-Claude
Elizabeth Robertson ...
Magdalene
Domini Blythe ...
Gayle
John Dunn-Hill ...
Old man in farm
Kyra Azzopardi ...
Alinne
Tony Robinow ...
Judge Bonnard
Claude Préfontaine ...
Marie-Claude's Father
Susan Glover ...
Rod's Wife
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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings uncovered disturbing mental and physical abuses of this cult's members by its maniacal leader. Soon, Jackson found herself fighting to save Moses's followers. Written by Anonymous

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He promised them...Love, Healing, SALVATION See more »

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Rated R for violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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26 April 2002 (Canada)  »

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CAD 4,200,000 (estimated)
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Roch Thériault was found dead in his cell in Dorchester, New Brunswick, he was 63 years old (1947-2011). See more »

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Outstanding drama about a Manson-like cult
4 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This excellent drama is one of the best films about a cult that I have seen since the early eighties (SPLIT IMAGE and TICKET TO HEAVEN spring to mind from that era). The supporting performance by Quebecois actress Isabelle Blais is Oscar-worthy. Her portrayal of a brainwashed woman who finally sees the light is the film's most memorable aspect, but all of the performances are top notch.


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