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Our Fathers (2005)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 May 2005
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A dramatized account of the hidden sexual abuse and scandal that shook the foundation of the Catholic Church, and the characters, events, and policies that brought the abuse and scandal into existence.



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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mitchell Garabedian
Cardinal Bernard Law
Angelo DeFranco
Bishop Murphy
Wilson Rogers Jr.
Father Doyle
Colin Fox ...
Daniel Kibbe
Patrick McSorley (as James Oliver)
John J. Geoghan
Damien Atkins ...
Young Geoghan
Tom Blanchette
Bernie McDaid


In the 1970s and 1980s a scandal was brewing in the Boston diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Pedophile priests, especially Father John Geoghan, were sexually molesting young boys. Although the Cardinal at the time, Bernard Law, was made aware of the evil acts committed by Geoghan & other priests, he sided with the priests and quietly moved them from one church to the next, and kept the matter a secret from the authorities. Years later, the victims start to come forward, and a lawyer sues Cardinal Law & the diocese for hiding the crimes from the authorities. Cardinal Law arrogantly defends his behavior, and refuses to resign. Meanwhile, Father Geoghan is found guilty and sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Will the Cardinal resign now...or continue to try to hold onto his position? Written by medic249a2

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The catholic church in an age of scandal.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, including some graphic depictions of sexual abuse | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

21 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escândalo Oculto  »

Box Office


CAD 14,340,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Cardinal Bernard Law: [To Olan] The church didn't fail you. I failed you.
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Plummer, Dennehy, and Cast are Superb!
21 May 2005 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Much credit should go to David France and Thomas Michael Donnelly for the book and screenplay for "Our Fathers." The delicate subject matter of pedophilia in the Catholic church and the years of cover-up of the abuses in the hierarchy of the Boston diocese were handled with great sensitivity.

Every note of the film rang true, which was due in large part to the stellar cast. Christopher Plummer as Cardinal Law and Brian Dennehy as Father Spagnolia were both standouts. But the smaller roles were noteworthy as well, especially the adult men who were the abuse victims. The long-term effects of the abuse were vividly conveyed by those actors, who played their roles with great feeling and conviction. Ted Danson was very effective as an attorney motivated by the pursuit of justice, as opposed to greed. Even the actor who was faced with the daunting task of playing the late Pope John Paul II was highly credible. This brilliant ensemble was led skillfully under the sensitive direction of Dan Curtis.

This could have been a run-of-the-mill, lurid made-for-television film. Instead, it was an enterprise created with integrity by all of the artists involved.

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