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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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21 May 2005 (USA) See more »
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The catholic church in an age of scandal.
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations See more »
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Monsters among us See more (13 total) »

Cast

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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
(WGA)
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
Jim L. Clark .... lead visual effects artist: Animationwerks
Craig Kuehne .... digital compositor
Lance Wilhoite .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated R for language, including some graphic depictions of sexual abuse
Runtime:
USA:130 min
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1.78 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Australia:MA (cable rating) | Finland:K-11 | USA:R

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Quotes:
Angelo DeFranco:Why did this happen to me?See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Monsters among us, 22 May 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Showtime ought to be congratulated for its courage in bringing "Our Fathers" to the television screen as a film. Dan Curtis, the director, gives us a first rate account about this sad chapter of abuse to young children by Catholic priests. Those same priests were supposed to have been examples and role models for young children, but in violating that trust, these men committed crimes one never suspected them capable of doing. The book by David France, "Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal", gets an amazing screen treatment by Thomas Michael Donnelly.

The books emphasizes the role of Cardinal Bernard Law in the whole affair. This sinister figure, who was able to get away with murder by resigning his post as the head of the Boston Diocese, is still not admitting his role in the cover up, even after everything is well known and documented.

Father John Geoghan, the monster priest arrested and convicted of several sexual molestation charges, is one of the most repugnant figures involved in the scandal. We watch as this man is ordained with tears in his eyes in the early 60s. Father John is seen as a holy man who is quite charming hiding behind a facade of being good to the children. Parents love him because what they see a role model for their boys to follow.

The film concentrates on Angelo DiFranco's story. Angelo is seen putting his own fist through a mirror in rage. This young man and his lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, are instrumental into putting the lawyer in contact with Mary Ryan, a woman whose seven boys are sexually abused by father Geoghan. Mrs. Ryan is asked to keep quiet.

The other priest in the story, Father Joseph Birmingham, is also responsible for abuses to other children. Another accuser, Olan Horne, brings it to the attention of Cardinal Law, who is arrogant and indignant about the accusations. Cardinal Law makes a point to tell Olan that Christ hasn't done anything wrong, if anything, he was the one instrumental in his failure as the man who could have solved the problem, but didn't. In the end we watch Cardinal Bernard Law with tears in his eyes as he resigns. Unfortunately, much too late!

The performances are first rate. Christopher Plummer as the sinister cardinal does an excellent performance. Chris Bauer and Daniel Baldwin, two talented young actors, are seen as Olan Horne and Angelo DiFranco, respectively. Ted Danson, as the lawyer is not as effective, maybe because we don't see him as Mr. Garabedian at all. Brian Dennehy is good as Father Spagnolia. Ellen Burstyn is a great Mary Ryan, full of rage and bitter for what the evil priest did to her sons. Steve Shaw plays the evil Father Geoghan.

The tragedy that was done to innocent children by these heartless men will stay in the victim's memories forever. More than likely, these monster priests were abused themselves as children, and now they feel it's their turn to keep the practice going.

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