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Saint Ralph -- 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.


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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Adam Butcher ... Ralph Walker
Michael Kanev ... Chester Jones

Gordon Pinsent ... Father Fitzpatrick

Tamara Hope ... Claire Collins

Chris Anton ... Hulk (as Chris Ploszczansky)
Paulette Sinclair ... Secretary Roddy

Campbell Scott ... Father George Hibbert

Shauna MacDonald ... Emma Walker

Jennifer Tilly ... 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

Jonathan Walker ... Mr. Collins

Keir Gilchrist ... Kid Collins
Jonathan Wilson ... Father Gregg
Robert Smith ... Santa Claus (as Rob Smith)
Joan Massiah ... Mrs. Scarlet

Gerard Parkes ... Longboat

Boyd Banks ... Worker #1

Henry Alessandroni ... Worker #2

Fiona Highet ... Nurse
Brandon Barré ... Road Runner (as Brandon Barre)

John Blakey ... Spectator #1
Naomi Emmerson ... Spectator #2

Seán Cullen ... Children's Aid Officer
Barry Stillwell ... Mr. Jones

Jonathan Higgins ... Boston Announcer
Michael David Brown ... John Bannon (as Michael David Bown)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kelly Lovell ... Seen on Camera

Brian Bannan ... Priest (uncredited)
Miranda Black ... Nurse Riggin (uncredited)
Peter Feniak ... Reporter #2 (uncredited)
Peter Tufford Kennedy ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael McGowan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael McGowan  written by

Produced by
Brian Barrett .... associate producer: Amaze Film
Peter Emerson .... associate producer: Amaze Film
Teza Lawrence .... producer
Andrea Mann .... producer
Seaton McLean .... producer
Marguerite Pigott .... executive producer
Michael Souther .... producer (as Mike Souther)
Peter Sussman .... executive producer
Gordon Yang .... line producer
Original Music by
Andrew Lockington 
Cinematography by
Rene Ohashi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan Maggi 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Jenny Lewis  (as Jennifer Lewis)
Production Design by
Matthew Davies 
Art Direction by
Ken Watkins 
Set Decoration by
Erica Milo 
Costume Design by
Anne Dixon 
Makeup Department
Susan Exton-Stranks .... key hair stylist
Mary Sue Heron .... key makeup artist (as Marysue Heron)
Candice Ornstein .... assistant makeup artist
Andrea Tranmueller .... assistant hair stylist (as Andrea Traunmueller)
Kiisti Matsuo .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
John Harcourt .... post-production supervisor: Amaze Film
Jennifer Macleod .... post-production supervisor: Amaze Film (as Jennifer MacLeod)
Stephen Paniccia .... production executive: Amaze Film
Paul Vella .... executive in charge of production
Gordon Yang .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Velvet Andrews-Smith .... trainee assistant director (as Velvet Smith)
Fergus Barnes .... first assistant director
September Death .... second assistant director
Mark MacDonald .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jon Bankson .... construction coordinator
Luis Camara .... on-set dresser
Nitram Dass .... set dresser
Brent Kelly .... assistant set decorator
Jordan Kerner .... set dresser
William Legere .... head carpenter
Jack McCullough .... key scenic artist
Mario Moreira .... props master assistant: on-set
James R. Murray .... property master (as James Murray)
Sean Scoffield .... second assistant art director
Michael Shocrylas .... assistant art director
Adrienne Trent .... assistant props
Richelle Wilks .... art department apprentice
Matthew G. Wright .... set buyer (as Matthew Wright)
Geri Bertolo .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Richard Duhaney .... sketch artist: paper props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Marina Adam .... foley recording assistant
Benito Amaro .... boom operator
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stephen Carrier)
Michele Cook .... adr editor
Michele Cook .... dialogue editor
Eliot Crackower .... sound re-recording assistant
Erik Culp .... foley recording mixer
Ronayne Higginson .... dialogue editor
Janice Ierulli .... dialogue editor
David McCallum .... supervising dialogue editor
Christopher Miller .... first assistant sound effects editor (as Chris Miller)
Brent Pickett .... first assistant dialogue editor
Donna Powell .... foley artist
Valentin Pricop .... sound recordist
David Rose .... sound effects editor
Mark Shnuriwsky .... sound effects editor
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Tang .... assistant sound effects editor
Jane Tattersall .... supervising sound editor
Robert Warchol .... sound effects editor
Randy Wilson .... foley recording mixer
David Yonson .... adr recording engineer
Special Effects by
Reg Ashby .... special effects key
John LaForet .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
David Alexander .... visual effects animator
Ioan Balcosi .... compositor
Mark Fordham .... matte painter
Genevieve Forte .... digital artist
Gudrun Heinze .... lead compositor
Gudrun Heinze .... visual effects on-set supervisor
Mary Holding .... compositor
Elizabeth Holmes .... compositor
Ariel Joson .... visual effects animator
Lisa-Marie Marrelli .... compositor
Ian Maxwell .... visual effects coordinator
Mihaela Orzea .... compositor
Mike Pieczonka .... lead visual effects animator
Jane Sobel .... visual effects coordinator
Mark Stevens .... visual effects production assistant
Allan Walker .... matte painter
Aaron Webster .... visual effects animator
Tony Willis .... visual effects supervisor
Jordan Anderson .... stunt player
Randy Butcher .... stunt coordinator
Curtis Parker .... stunt player
Randy Butcher .... stunt motorcycle rider (uncredited)
Blair Johannes .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicole Blanchard .... clapper
Nicole Blanchard .... film loader
Paul Cameron .... dolly grip
Gilles Corbeil .... Steadicam operator
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator
Paul Dias .... gaffer
Rob Dias .... electric (as Roberto Dias)
Christian Drennan .... key grip
Shem Ellis .... best boy electric
Carl Flood .... electric
Amanda Goble .... second assistant camera
Lennox Green .... generator operator
Chris Kelly .... grip
Chris Livingstone .... grip
Trevor Moores .... grip
Nick Porter .... electric (as Nicholas Porter)
Christopher Raucamp .... focus operator
Brent Robinson .... underwater first assistant camera
Tyler Sellers .... best boy grip
Amanda Wojtaszek .... camera trainee
Ken Woroner .... still photographer
Casting Department
Dylaine Bovaird .... background casting assistant
Kay Denver .... background casting
Christopher Richards .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Constance Buck .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Buck .... costume supervisor: extras
Anna Dal Farra .... assistant costume designer
Nicole Pearson .... costume truck supervisor
Sheila Radovancevic .... costume supervisor: extras
Editorial Department
Erin Deck .... first assistant editor
Mark Kueper .... tape-to-tape colorist
Ricardo Olivero .... film timer
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Location Management
James Stevens .... assistant location manager
Michael Tough .... location manager
Rick Whalen .... location production assistant
Music Department
Daryl Branston .... assistant music score engineer
Nicholas Dodd .... conductor
Nicholas Dodd .... orchestrator
Simon Edwards .... music consultant
Andrew Lockington .... music score producer
David Nichol .... music copyist
Annelise Noronha .... assistant music score engineer
Dan Parr .... music copyist
Dennis Patterson .... music score engineer
Michael Perlmutter .... music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates (as Michael A. Perlmutter)
Ron Searles .... music score mixer
Ron Skinner .... music score engineer
Lenny Solomon .... orchestra contractor
Ron Korb .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Steven 'Sparky' Carr .... transportation captain
Tom Chapman .... driver
Mike Curran .... transportation coordinator (as Michael P. Curran)
Wayne Davey .... driver: honeywagon
Tim Fagan .... unit driver
Larry Greer .... driver
Steve Keates .... driver
Paul Langdon .... picture vehicles
Richard Miazek .... head driver
George Palmer .... driver
Ted Zurawel .... driver
Other crew
Dean Armstrong .... acting coach
Shannon Brand .... assistant to the producers: Amaze Film
Anthony Carovillano .... on-set craft service
Jill Carter .... script supervisor
Jane Douglas .... post production accountant
Aaron Horton .... production assistant
Dennis Jacobson .... first assistant accountant
Susan James .... production coordinator
Tam Khuu .... post production accountant
Jane Kim .... production assistant (as Jane G. Kim)
Janice Lee .... publicist
Robin Oliphant .... production financing
Chandra-Li Paul .... accommodation coordinator
Steena Petersen .... on-set craft service
Irene Phelps .... production accountant
Catherine Sample .... assistant production coordinator
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy .... story editor
Vess Stoeva .... third assistant accountant
Beth Sulman .... unit publicist
Sue Valencia .... business and legal affairs
Donald Vermeer .... on-set craft service
Andrea Eisen .... tutor (uncredited)
Mark Daniels .... thanks
Louis DiFlorio .... thanks (as Lou DiFlorio)
Gord Downie .... thanks
Gord Kemp .... thanks
Larry Lawrence .... thanks
Martha Lawrence .... thanks
Gerry McGowan .... thanks
Mary McGowan .... thanks
Evan Solomon .... thanks
Don Souther .... thanks
Myrtle Souther .... thanks
Ryan St. Peters .... thanks
Justin Stephenson .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Germany:6 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors in geography: 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 »
[first lines]
Ralph Walker:Forgive me father for I have sinned. It has been 11 weeks since my last confession.
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Movie Connections:
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful study of Canada in the fifties., 17 October 2005
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

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.

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