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The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry -- What he teaches you...will last forever
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry -- Set in 1970, story of 75 year old man named Jonathan Sperry (Gavin MacLeod) who starts mentoring three boys (Jansen Panettiere, Frankie Ryan Manriquez, Allan Issacson) to follow the Lord. Also stars Robert Guillaume, Taylor Boggan, and Bailey Garno.

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18 September 2009 (USA) See more »
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What he teaches you...will last forever.
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An wise old Christian man imparts Biblical truths to three boys during the summer of 1970. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Gavin MacLeod ... Jonathan Sperry

Jansen Panettiere ... Dustin

Robert Guillaume ... Mr. Barnes

Frankie Ryan Manriquez ... Albert
Allen Isaacson ... Mark

Taylor Boggan ... Nick

Mary Jean Bentley ... Mrs. Sharp (as Mary Jean McAdams)
Bailey Garno ... Tanya
Kristina Jewell ... Sally
Cameron Bloomer ... Roy
Tommy Pasko ... Larry

Eva Mancarella ... Girl in diner
Dina Corsetti ... Waitress

Peter Doyle ... Preacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hayley Lown ... Girl in Restaurant

Kyle Prohaska ... Diner Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Rich Christiano 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dave Christiano 
Rich Christiano 

Produced by
Rich Christiano .... producer
Chad Gundersen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jasper Randall 
 
Cinematography by
Philip Hurn 
 
Film Editing by
Jeffrey Lee Hollis 
 
Casting by
Beverly Holloway 
 
Production Design by
James R. Cunningham 
 
Costume Design by
Stephen M. Chudej 
 
Makeup Department
Gina Ghiglieri .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Chad Gundersen .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Leclerc .... second second assistant director
Nathan Webster .... second assistant director
Stewart Young .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Kyle Prohaska .... graphic designer
Rob Wichman .... art intern
 
Sound Department
Lance Hoffman .... sound mixer
Thomas Hoffman .... boom operator
 
Visual Effects by
William Mings .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Timothy Brown .... first assistant camera
Glenn Galbraith .... swing grip
Zachary Gladwin .... still photographer (as Zach Golemb)
Justin Kriss .... best boy electric
Andrew Lindley .... grip
Andy Lohrenz .... dolly grip
Andy Lohrenz .... key grip
Daniel McGarvey Jr. .... gaffer
Shane McMullin .... electrician
Symon Mink .... additional first assistant camera
Amanda Mitchell .... additional second assistant camera
Amanda Mitchell .... loader
Tracy Moran .... additional first assistant camera
Dawn Nakamura .... first assistant camera
David Riley .... best boy grip
Jared Rummel .... camera intern
Jovan Sales .... second assistant camera
Kyle Simmons .... additional best boy grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Garcia .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Eugene Mishustin .... music preparation
Eugene Mishustin .... orchestrator
Peter Rotter .... scoring producer
Tom Strahle .... additional source music
Tom Strahle .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
David Babcock .... production assistant
Matthew Bernabei .... location supervisor
Richard J. Bosner .... production coordinator
Josh Ensink .... production assistant
Maria Garcia .... production assistant
Joshua Knoles .... script supervisor
Christine Moinihan .... studio teacher
Jonathan Terpstra .... production assistant
Amy Warden .... production assistant
 

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements
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96 min
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Germany:6 | USA:PG (certificate #45476)
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Trivia:
Director Rich Christiano mentioned "Before we showed this movie in theaters, we first screened it in some Christian film festivals, and the first one we ever showed this movie at was in Boston ..." (at 36:13 in 'Behind the Secrets of Jonathan Sperry'). That was The Merrimack Valley Christian Film Festival in Lawerence, 29 miles north of Boston (3/16/2008-3/23/2008). Rich Christiano also refers to this screening at 25:07 in the DVD commentary, saying the film "wasn't even finished yet."See more »
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Anachronisms: While the movie was set in 1970, the "Nip-It" pinball machine shown in the diner was not manufactured until 1973.See more »
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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, 28 November 2009
Author: ctlv9 from United States

I decided to give this movie a try and went in with an open mind. I usually love to watch scary movies, but some friends who I was with at the time aren't into scary movies and we went in to see Jonathan Sperry.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and really touched by this film. Gavin MacLeod did a wonderful job as well as the three boys who played friends in the movie, but I have to say one particular guy stood out in this movie for me. Taylor Boggan, the guy who played Nick the bully, did an amazing job. The emotions he displayed, especially the scene when he was in the bedroom crying to God to help him, brought out emotions in me I never knew I had. He made you feel the pain that his character was feeling, it was such a powerful scene for him to have pulled off beautifully. I know we will be seeing more of this kid, and he is going to be recognized very soon as the strong talented actor he is, he has a great future going for him.

This film whether you are religious or not, tugs at your heart, it makes you want to be a better person. It's a shame because I think a lot of people won't give this film a try because they will think of it as just some religious movie, but it is so much more than that. It is really a coming of age story about three boys, who are tormented by a bully, who is in so much pain emotionally that he takes it out on those around him. And in enters Jonathan Sperry, the one man who sees through his pain and helps him overcome it. He brings these boys together, through his love, patience and teachings, and in the end they are all a lot stronger and more forgiving of one another. This movie has everything, laughter, tears and excitement. I really am glad I decided to give this movie a try, it is well worth it!!!

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