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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 .... 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 .... 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
Ritchie Miazek .... head driver (as Richard Miazek)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
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 name of the imaginary author of Ralph's manual on long-distance running, Simon Longboat, was borrowed from the great Canadian runner Tom Longboat, who won the Round the Bay Race in 1906 and the Boston Marathon in 1907.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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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Knowing one's saints, 19 December 2007
Author: jotix100 from New York

Ralph Walker, the young man at the center of this story, gets more than his share of bad situations at a tender age. Ralph, who has lost his father, sees his own mother struck by a serious illness and watches her go into a coma. Ralph's spirit is never broken and never questions his bad luck the way some other teen would. Ralph is never given to despair, or emotional outbursts when he can't do much to help the situations he is thrown into. Ultimately, Ralph is a real winner, not only because he decides to do something about his life, but because he is an optimist at heart who will never be defeated.

Michael McGowan, the Canadian creator of this enormously appealing film has gathered the right elements to make us go with him in this fantastic voyage that shows us the positive side of life. Mr. McGowan was lucky in getting Adam Kutcher to portray Ralph Walker. This young actor shows us he is a natural who under the guidance of the director, gives a tremendous performance and steals our hearts in the process.

"Saint Ralph" is one of the best things that have come out of Canada in recent years. Campbell Scott gives a good performance as Father Hibbert, the man who guides Ralph in the right direction. The excellent Gordon Pinsent, makes the perfect head master Father Fitzpatrick, a man who is never in touch with the young people he is supposed to lead and help shape their minds into being good citizens. Jennifer Tilly, Tamara Hope, Shauna MacDonald, and Michael Kaney, are also seen in key minor roles.

The film is highly recommended because it gives the viewer a positive take on life. Michael McGowan must be congratulated in giving us a movie that will be hard to forget because it feels real from beginning to end.

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