7.6/10
5,181
54 user 46 critic

Saint Ralph (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 8 April 2005 (Canada)
Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest of trying to win the 1954 Boston Marathon.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Coach Joe Newton has used the sport of Cross Country Running to teach simple but important lessons to high school boys for the last 50 years. "Always do your best", "be on time" and "it's ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Arnold
Stars: Joe Newton, Charlie Kern, Eric Dettman
Transcend II (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Long-distance running allowed Wesley Korir to escape the grinding poverty of Kenya. But after winning multiple American marathons, including taking running's most cherished prize - the ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Del Monte, Tad Munnings
Stars: Wesley Korir
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The first ever feature-length film to capture the essence, drama and unique spectacle of the famed 26.2-mile race, the production features five runners - three amateurs and two elites - as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Dunham
Stars: Dick Beardsley, Ryan Bradley, Leah Caille
Atletu (2009)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero ... See full summary »

Directors: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew
Stars: Rasselas Lakew, Dag Malmberg, Ruta Gedmintas
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Town of Runners is a feature documentary about young runners from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, home to the current Olympic and World Champions Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele. ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Rothwell
Endurance (1999)
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The gold medal for the men's 10,000-metre race in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is won by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.

Directors: Leslie Woodhead, Bud Greenspan
Stars: Haile Gebrsellasie, Shawananness Gebrselassie, Yonas Zergaw
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In 2010, four of the greatest undefeated mountain runners on earth toed the starting line at the Western States 100-mile endurance run, the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race in... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Benna
On the Edge (1986)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In one final attempt to achieve victory, an aging professional runner is training vigorously for a very tough marathon race.

Director: Rob Nilsson
Stars: Bruce Dern, Bill Bailey, Pam Grier
Documentary | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World's most picturesque ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Steinman
Stars: Samantha Gash, Tremaine Kent, David O'Brien
Der Räuber (2010)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A story based on Johann Rettenberger, an Austrian marathon runner and a bank robber.

Director: Benjamin Heisenberg
Stars: Andreas Lust, Markus Schleinzer, Roman Kettner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Michael Kanev ...
Chester Jones
...
Father Fitzpatrick
...
Claire Collins
...
Hulk (as Chris Ploszczansky)
Paulette Sinclair ...
Secretary Roddy
...
Father George Hibbert
...
Emma Walker
...
Nurse Alice
Lubica Kucerova ...
Woman in Shower
Ben Gans ...
Senior Citizen #1
Jock McLeod ...
Senior Citizen #2
Jeff Baxter ...
Cattana
Daniel Karasik ...
Bolan
Frank Crudele ...
Mr. Karl
Edit

Storyline

It's the 1953/54 school year at St. Magnus Catholic School in Hamilton, Ontario. Fourteen year old Ralph Walker is in many ways a typical teenager. He is experimenting with smoking and is openly preoccupied with the opposite sex, which makes him the brunt of jokes amongst his male classmates and which constantly gets him into trouble with the school's strict headmaster, Father Fitzpatrick. As penance and to redirect his energies, Father Fitzpatrick orders Ralph to join the school's cross country running team under the tutelage of the school's avant-garde thinking teacher, Father Hibbert. Some of the more unusual circumstances of Ralph's life are that he lives by himself in the family home, telling the authorities that he is living with his paternal grandparents (who are in reality deceased), and telling his widowed hospitalized mother (Ralph's father was killed in the war) that he is staying with a friend. Ralph's focus in life changes after his mother falls into a coma. It will take ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He's hoping for a miracle. He doesn't have a prayer. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Em Busca De Um Milagre  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$140,881 (USA) (5 August 2005)

Gross:

$795,126 (USA) (28 October 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The nurse who refuses to let Ralph see his mother when he visits on Christmas Eve is wearing a nursing pin from the prestigious St. Mary's School of Nursing in Montreal. See more »

Goofs

The marathon route looks nothing like the true course even considering the time period. There is no turn out of Hopkinton at the start, the final turn at the finish is a left, not a right and the hill does not drop off to the right of Heartbreak Hill. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ralph Walker: Forgive me father for I have sinned. It has been 11 weeks since my last confession.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.24 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

You Came Along
Performed by Joel Plaskett Emergency
Written by Joel Plaskett
Published by Songs For The Gang (SOCAN)
Courtesy of Maple Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A wonderful study of Canada in the fifties.
17 October 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the best movies I've seen all year. I tried to catch it in the theatre but it was vapourized too quickly and having seen it I'm completely baffled- surely Canada can afford to promote movies a little better than this. Many such missed opportunities come to mind ("Marion Bridge", "The Hanging Garden" et al). This is one of the best of its genre, the extremely gritty dedicated athlete/musician/singer/painter who takes on the world against all odds. But this is done with a twist. It all takes place in the 1950s in very Catholic parochial school Ontario.

Ralph (Adam Butcher) is a brazen but cute 14-year-old student fighting the system but inwardly grieving his Dad, who died in the recent war (WW2)and his extremely ill mother who lies in a coma in the hospital. This is never sentimentalized, his exchanges with his mother before she slips into her coma are beautifully written and believable.

How he cobbles together his faith and goes out to seek a miracle is the crux of the story but there are many lovely sidebars, his almost-girlfriend who wants to be a nun, his best friend who forges notes for him, a fun loving nurse, played by the never disappointing Jennifer Tilly, squeaky voice in place and some disbelieving factory workers who mock his attempts at athleticism.

Ralph is a fully developed character, his sinful side clashing consistently with his puritanical, self-punishing side, his innate flirtatiousness offset by his being picked upon by the older boys in his school. Adam nails the role to such a degree that one forgets he is acting.

A younger priest (Campbell Scott plays this beautifully) with a secret past agrees to help the young boy and Gordon Pinsent plays the part of the older rigid priest with conviction even though he has some thin dialogue to sink his teeth into – the movie's only weakness.

The sexuality content is handled well and honestly with none of that gruesome teenage guffawing that litters other movies of this ilk. Because of this content it would not be suitable for children which is a shame, but it is not gratuitous and is an intrinsic part of the Catholic sin quotient of the era. 8 out of 10. A marvelous, thoughtful film.


17 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?