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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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Director:
Writers:
Rich Christiano (writer)
Dave Christiano (writer)
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Release Date:
18 September 2009 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
What he teaches you...will last forever.
Plot:
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 McAdams ... Mrs. Sharp
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)
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Directed by
Rich Christiano 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dave Christiano  writer
Rich Christiano  writer

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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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild thematic elements
Runtime:
96 min
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Certification:
Germany:6 | USA:PG (certificate #45476)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mr. Sperry challenges the boys to form a chain stretching from a tree to a $5 bill he places on a picnic table (at around 1h), shots from behind the boys show half the table in sunlight, while the reverse shots (which had to be shot on a different day) show the table completely in shadows.See more »
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23 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Amazing, 1 October 2009
Author: RNHunter from California US

This movie is amazing. In many ways today it is more scary than the saw movie series and I for one cannot believe it was even made. It is a wholesome movie that sometimes focuses on people being nice to each other.

It should sometimes surprise us that a wholesome movie with some religious content makes us more uncomfortable at least in the movie beginnings than the slasher movies or saw movies or the like. We have been programmed I believe to think that movies like this are square or out of date, or just not cool or with it. So there is a tendency to want to hide your face at the start of the movie and slink to the door hoping no one will see you.

But if you brave it out, and yes, you can even hold hands in the scary parts, you might find something unique. You might find the movie touching, and you might even want to cry a little, yes, even if you are a male. And at the end you might ask, why is it again that we are so afraid to be nice to other humans or watch movies that show that? Maybe if we give it a chance, and this movie a chance, being nice to each other might just catch on.

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