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Conspiracy of Silence (2003)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 January 2006 (Mexico)
A can of worms is opened within the Irish Catholic Church following two controversial incidents, the suicide of Frank Sweeney, a parish priest and the expulsion of Daniel McLaughlin, a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel McLaughlin
Annie McLaughlin
Niall O'Brien ...
John McLaughlin
Catherine Cusack ...
Mary McLaughlin
Elaine Symons ...
Marie McLaughlin
Tommy Carey ...
Sean McLaughlin
Paudge Behan ...
Niall McLaughlin
David Foley
Olivia Caffrey ...
Liz Foley
Anna Rose Fullen ...
Martha Foley
Father Dowling
Father Francis
Bishop Quinn
Rector Cathal
Father Doherty


A can of worms is opened within the Irish Catholic Church following two controversial incidents, the suicide of Frank Sweeney, a parish priest and the expulsion of Daniel McLaughlin, a young trainee priest from a nearby seminary, on the grounds that he was open to the sexual advances of a male colleague. A local journalist, David Foley, is convinced that Sweeney's death and Daniel's expulsion are linked. Desperate to clear his good name and be re-instated, Daniel agrees to talk to Foley. As the story gathers momentum, the Church closes ranks. Written by http://www.beyond.com.au/film/catalogue/film_catalogue/5.html#conspiracy_of_silence

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

20 January 2006 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Conspiration Du Silence  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,598 (USA) (3 December 2004)


$2,598 (USA) (3 December 2004)

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Did You Know?


Padraig O'Loinsigh, who portrays Father Sweeney, choose to use a pseudonym, Patrick Lynch for his on screen credit. This was done purposefully. O'Loinsigh usually uses the pseudonym of Padraig (Patrick) Casey, but he chose Lynch instead, which is the same surname as the actor who portrays his life partner in the film, John Lynch, who portrays Father Matthew Francis. See more »


Father Sweeney: The church has AIDS!
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All I Want Is You
Written by Bono ( as Hewson), Adam Clayton (as Clayton),The Edge (as Evans), Larry Mullen Jr. (as Mullen)
Used by permission of Blue Mountain Music Ltd/Rykomusic Ltd
Performed by Bellefire
Licensed by courtesy of Virgin Records Limited
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Very good for a Debut
6 September 2003 | by (Harrisonburg, VA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on holiday in Galway. It was a headliner at the Galway Film Fleadh. The experience was rather surreal because most of the starring cast were present for the premiere.

John Deery examines the question of celibacy in the Catholic church with pride and skepticism. The viewer doesn't quite know which side he stands on, but he is clearly a devout Catholic as well as a fighter for a more just way of treating priests. Although a much less controversial treatment, this film is in the same vein as 1994's Priest. This film may be a little more universal and pleasing to one's own beliefs, though.

Actors Jonathan Forbes and Brenda Fricker have many pointed moments together on screen, but frankly that should come as no surprise. After all, what has Brenda Fricker ever been in that has been bad? All of the other actors do a fine job, as well.

I recommend that if you come across a screening of this film, to see it...especially if you are Catholic. If not, rent it.

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