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Our Fathers -- 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.
Our Fathers -- 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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The catholic church in an age of scandal.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ted Danson ... Mitchell Garabedian

Christopher Plummer ... Cardinal Bernard Law

Brian Dennehy ... Father Dominic Spagnolia

Daniel Baldwin ... Angelo DeFranco

Ellen Burstyn ... Mary Ryan

Kenneth Welsh ... Bishop Murphy

Will Lyman ... Wilson Rogers Jr.
Wayne Best ... Father Doyle
Colin Fox ... Daniel Kibbe

James Oliver ... Patrick McSorley

Jan Rubes ... Pope John Paul

Steven Shaw ... John J. Geoghan
Damien Atkins ... Young Geoghan

Hugh Thompson ... Tom Blanchette

Aidan Devine ... Bernie McDaid

Chris Bauer ... Olan Horne

Thomas Mitchell ... Gary Bergeron
Donald Ewer ... Ordination Cardinal

Julian Christopher ... Bishop Gregory

Peter MacNeill ... Older Spags' Friend Billy

David Sparrow ... Father Connelly
Kathleen Laskey ... Shauna Tannenbaum
Philip Williams ... Robbie Robinson

Joseph Ziegler ... Jim Muller
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Jack Tannen

Martin Doyle ... George Flynn
Conrad Bergschneider ... Angelo's Father
Lucy Filippone ... Angelo's Mother
Nikolas Lozzi ... Angelo (age 13)
Billy Lister ... Angelo's Brother Johnny
Waneta Storms ... Angelo's Wife
Chris Wiggins ... Angelo's Old Priest

Brian Paul ... Judge

Leah Pinsent ... Marge Magnus
Colleen Williams ... Elderly Woman

Hugh Dillon ... Johnny DeFranco

Jessica Greco ... Judy
Ned Vukovic ... Arch Deacon
Munroe Chambers ... Young Patrick McSorley
Alon Nashman ... Martin Baron
Jude Coffey ... Globe Editor
Richard Greenblatt ... Globe Editor

Stephen Bogaert ... Globe Editor

Victoria Snow ... Sacha Pfeiffer
Deborah Grover ... Judge Sweeney
Glen Gaston ... Bailiff
Daisy White ... Law's Housekeeper

Bill Lake ... Fire Chief Wiliams

Amy Price-Francis ... Donna Morrissey
Reg Dreger ... Bishop
Mairtin O'Carrigan ... Bishop
Chris Ratz ... Teen Punks

Adrian Roberto ... Teen Punks
Scott Fink ... Young Father Birmingham
Travis Ryder ... Tom Blanchette (Age 12)
Roman Podhora ... Bartender

James Kall ... Geoghan's Male Lawyer

Dan Petronijevic ... Young Spags (as Daniel Petronijevic)

Jeff White ... Gary Cohen

Paul Hubbard ... Roderick MacLeish Jr.

Rory O'Shea ... Male Reporter
Burke Lawrence ... Male Reporter
Abby Zotz ... Woman
Donald Saunders ... Old Man

Cedric Smith ... The Pope's Cardinal
Ric Reid ... American Cardinal
Angelo Pedari ... Italian Reporter
Genadijs Dolganovs ... Polish Reporter (as Genadjis Dolganovs)

Paul Fauteux ... Vito (as Paul Fateux)

Garen Boyajian ... Vito's Brother
Joan Massiah ... Residence Nun

Christopher Bolton ... John
Michael Rhoades ... Another Man
Mary Pitt ... Sister
Gordon Jocelyn ... Elderly Man
Alec Stockwell ... Dying Birmingham
Bill Hall ... Reporter #2
Rodger Barton ... D.A. Conley
Brendan Connor ... American Reporter
David Robinson ... Reporter #3

Matthew Edison ... Young Spags' Friend, Billy
Gary Krawford ... Winston Reed

Jane Luk ... Female Reporter

Laura de Carteret ... Female Reporter (as Laura DeCarteret)
Ian Alden ... Geoghan's Murderer
Alexandra McGrath ... Angelo's Young Daughter
Janessa Crimi ... Angelo's Older Daughter
Maria Syrgiannis ... Waitress
Kay Hawtrey ... Spags' Housekeeper
Kathryn Haggis ... Sister Martha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Della Kirk ... Park Walker #2
Fabia Kirk ... Park Walker #4
Kevin Caudle ... Football Boy (uncredited)

Ted Ludzik ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Doug McGrath ... Gary's Father (uncredited)
Christopher Weedon ... Chior Boy (uncredited)
Jeffrey Weedon ... Chior Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Dan Curtis 
Writing credits
David France (book "Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal")

Thomas Michael Donnelly (screenplay)

Produced by
Charles Bloye .... executive producer
Dan Curtis .... executive producer
Thomas Michael Donnelly .... co-executive producer
David France .... co-executive producer
Gary Howsam .... executive producer
David Kennedy .... executive producer
John J. McMahon .... producer (as John McMahon)
Barbara Steele .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bob Cobert 
Cinematography by
Eric Van Haren Noman 
Film Editing by
Henk Van Eeghen 
Casting by
Forrest & Forrest 
Production Design by
Lindsey Hermer-Bell 
Art Direction by
Michele Brady 
Set Decoration by
David Edgar 
Costume Design by
Resa McConaghy 
Makeup Department
Eva Coudouloux .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tim King .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Backman .... third assistant director
Tim Singh .... second assistant director
David Tebby .... third assistant director
Michael Zenon .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rory Cheyne .... second assistant art director
Jody Lynn Clement .... assistant art director
Mark Hunter .... property master
Adam Urquhart .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Mark Cookson .... sound effects editor
Bill McMillan .... sound recordist
Bob Newlan .... foley supervisor
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Matthew Stark .... boom operator
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Special Effects by
Brock Jolliffe .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Clark James .... lead visual effects artist: Animationwerks (as Jim L. Clark)
Craig Kuehne .... digital compositor
Lance Wilhoite .... visual effects supervisor
Bryan Renfro .... stunt coordinator (as Brian Renfro)
Camera and Electrical Department
Randy Brown .... generator operator
Ciaran Copelin .... first assistant camera
Dennis Daigle .... electrician
Robert Driskell .... gaffer
Keith Murphy .... Steadicam operator
Keith Murphy .... camera operator: "a" camera
Dana Perry .... key rigging grip
Joe Strazzeri .... key grip
Ken Woroner .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terri De Haan .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Rob Evans .... dailies colorist
Andrea Folprecht .... assistant editor
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer
Nina Sparks .... post-production coordinator
Ed Twiford .... color timer
Music Department
Chris Ledesma .... music editor
Transportation Department
Rick Anglin .... head driver
Other crew
Pauline Burt .... risk manager
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Donna Gardon .... script supervisor
Lisa Ghione .... unit publicist
Pete Nilson .... location security
Kevin Saffer .... production coordinator
Karen Stark .... location scout
Rod Turple .... daily location production assistant
Kelly Wade .... assistant: Dan Curtis
James Ireland .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Rated R for language, including some graphic depictions of sexual abuse
USA:130 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Finland:K-11 | USA:R

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Some very good performances but, overall, a bit of a disappointment, 31 May 2005
Author: Gary M. James from United States

"Our Fathers", which is based on the book by David France, deserves an epic-size treatment of the sexual abuse of children by some clergy members within the Boston Archdiocese and the politics within the Catholic Church on this matter.

The movie is not as powerful as it could have been. That is not to say screenwriter Thomas Michael Donnelly and veteran director Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance) totally failed. The scenes of abuse were handled with great sensitivity, they were not gratuitous or exploitive.

There are some very heartbreaking moments which include Ellen Burstyn as the mother of seven children who were all abused by one priest. Burstyn only appears in the film for only a few minutes but she makes the most of her scenes. (Update: If the group that awards the Emmys wanted to nominate a short but powerful performance by Burstyn, it should have been this one not the 14 second performance in Mrs. Harris. But I digress.)

Also of note, Chris Bauer who plays Olan Horne, one of the victims. He has a scene in which he is taunted by a couple of insensitive men at a local deli. When he graphically describes to them how he was abused, I was almost in tears. Bauer was a standout.

Christopher Plummer does a good job playing Cardinal Bernard Law. It would have been very easy to play him as a caricature (which, in my opinion, is what happened with the actors who portrayed the young and adult Fr. Geoghan) and Plummer somehow gave him some sympathetic qualities which made him a bit more complex.

My main issue with the movie was the decision by the screenwriter and the director to put so much weight on the legal aspects of the case and the news media's part of reporting the story. It does not mean that those aspects of the story should be ignored. Perhaps it had more to do with the source material. Author David France covered the crisis when he was a senior editor at Newsweek.

Because of this, despite some good scenes, I thought Ted Danson performance as Mitchell Garabedian was problematic. I was unable to connect with his character because I was paying more attention to the victims and the clergy. To me, Garabedian is a secondary character who was placed in a lead role. Also, I was very unimpressed with the scenes involving the reporters at the Boston Globe. It felt like a poor imitation of "All The President's Men".

There should have been more stories about the adult victims and their families and how these abuses affected their lives. I wished they would have delved more into the politics of the Catholic Church and why the church failed the victims and the reactions of parishioners and how their faith was shaken by this controversy.

I also believe that if the movie was performed chronologically and not used flashbacks, it would have been even more powerful and effective. While watching "Our Fathers", I kept thinking about the landmark, two-part film "The Boys of St. Vincent" (1992 and 1993), which told the true story of the sexual abuse of children at a orphanage in Newfoundland, Canada. The orphanage was run by a religious community. The movies also showed how it affected the victims, their families and the abusers 15 years later.

Also, I found Brian Dennehy's performance as Father Dominic Spagnolia, the clergyman who publicly criticized Cardinal Law and the Boston Archdiocese's handling of the sexual abuse claims but also had skeletons in his own closet, fiercely charismatic and totally fearless. Dennehy has been one of my favorite actors and when he sinks his teeth into a role, watch out. However, I believe the story of Father Spagnolia deserves a movie of its own.

Overall, "Our Fathers" was well-intended but not totally successful.

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