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The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Written by Open Road

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Break the story. Break the silence. See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

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Rated R for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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20 November 2015 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$295,009 (USA) (6 November 2015)

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$44,988,180 (USA) (29 April 2016)
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Trivia

Second consecutive film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture featuring Michael Keaton, after Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) winning in the same category. See more »

Goofs

The printer in the Spotlight team's office is an HP Laserjet 4200/4300 series. That series was introduced in December 2002. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Cop: How's that going?
Court Clerk Mark: Mother's ballin' and the uncle is pissed off.
Young Cop: She's not married?
Court Clerk Mark: Divorced, with 4 kids. I guess the Father was helping out.
Young Cop: Helping out?
Court Clerk Mark: ...Hey, Mr. Burke, they're in the back talking to the Bishop.
Paul Burke: [entering] And Father?
Court Clerk Mark: We put him in the break room.
Paul Burke: Any press?
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References Network (1976) See more »

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Cocinando Suave
Written by Ray Barretto (as Raymond Barretto)
Performed by Ray Barretto
Courtesy of Fantasy
By arrangement with Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Wonderful drama about the importance of investigative journalism
28 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Everything about this movie is outstanding -- the performances, the way the true events are handled, the cinematography. In this day of digital news, this movie makes us stand back and realize what we may lose in the way of investigative journalism as we slowly kill off print media.

The lengths the directors go to to achieve a sense of authenticity is remarkable. We are there in Boston in 2001-2002. We get to know enough about each character to make him or her real, but not enough to create side dramas. The focus remains the child abuse scandal in the archdiocese in Boston. That reflects the conflict the characters face and deal with when events make them rethink the focus of their article.

The movie is riveting, though we know the outcome.


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