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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 128 wins & 103 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Mark Ruffalo ... Mike Rezendes

Michael Keaton ... Walter 'Robby' Robinson

Rachel McAdams ... Sacha Pfeiffer

Liev Schreiber ... Marty Baron

John Slattery ... Ben Bradlee, Jr.

Brian d'Arcy James ... Matt Carroll

Stanley Tucci ... Mitchell Garabedian

Elena Wohl ... Barbara

Gene Amoroso ... Steve Kurkjian

Doug Murray ... Peter Canellos
Sharon McFarlane ... Helen Donovan

Jamey Sheridan ... Jim Sullivan

Neal Huff ... Phil Saviano

Billy Crudup ... Eric Macleish

Robert B. Kennedy ... Court Clerk Mark

Duane Murray ... Hansi Kalkofen

Brian Chamberlain ... Paul Burke

Michael Cyril Creighton ... Joe Crowley

Paul Guilfoyle ... Pete Conley

Michael Countryman ... Richard Gilman

Tim Whalen ... Young Cop
Martin Roach ... Cop in Coffee Shop
Brad Borbridge ... Sports Editor
Don Allison ... Bishop

Patty Ross ... Linda

Paloma Nuñez ... Garabedian's Receptionist (as Paloma Nunez)

Robert Clarke ... Judge Volterra

Gary Galone ... Jack Dunn

David Fraser ... Jon Albano
Paulette Sinclair ... Receptionist at Judge's Chambers

Laurie Heineman ... Judge Sweeney

Elena Juatco ... Guest List Woman

Nancy Villone ... Maryetta Dussourd
Wendy Merry ... Female Editor (as Wendy Merry McCarthy)

Siobhan Murphy ... Intern

Eileen Padua ... Sacha's Grandmother

Darrin Baker ... Middle Age Priest at St. Peter's
Brett Cramp ... Middle Aged Man

Joe Stapleton ... Older Cop

Maureen Keiller ... Eileen McNamara

Jimmy LeBlanc ... Patrick McSorley (as James LeBlanc)
Tim Progosh ... Principal Bill Kemeza
Neion George ... Waiter at Gala

Laurie Murdoch ... Wilson Rogers

Zarrin Darnell-Martin ... Intern Wanda

Krista Morin ... Young Reporter
Paula Barrett ... Jim's Wife
Mairtin O'Carrigan ... Stewart

Rob deLeeuw ... Herald Reporter Quimby (as Rob De Leeuw)
Nancy E. Carroll ... Jane Paquin

Anthony Paolucci ... Kevin
Michele Proude ... Lisa Tuite

Richard O'Rourke ... Ronald Paquin

Len Cariou ... Cardinal Law

Dennis Lynch ... Clerk O'Brian

Stefanie Drummond ... Sheila
Mark McGrinder ... Weeping Man
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Rectory Priest
Tom Driscoll ... Disgruntled Man
Jeffrey Samai ... Library Security

Moira Driscoll ... Woman Interviewee

Forrest Weber ... Angry Man
Doreen Spencer ... Older Southie Woman

Janet Pinnick ... Receptionist
Shannon McDonough ... Receptionist
Shannon Ruth ... Girl at Garabedian's
Daniel Ruth ... Boy at Garabedian's

Jennifer Ruth ... Mother at Garabedian's
Timothy Mooney ... Bad Priest

Bruce-Robert Serafin ... Boston Globe Security Guard (as Bruce Serafin)
Donna Sue Jahier ... Angry Man's Sister (as Donna Jahier)
Edward Brickley ... Red Sox Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Afflick ... Husband at Church (uncredited)

Giovanni Alabiso ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Lana Antonova ... Veronica (uncredited)
Raffi Atamian ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Michael Balzano III ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Sophia Bellas ... Passerby (uncredited)
David S. Bookbinder ... Man on Bike / Pedestrian (uncredited)

David Boston ... Parishioner (uncredited)

Jim Boyd ... Newspaper Employee (uncredited)

Mark Burzenski ... Business Man / Student (uncredited)

Joe Cali ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Joe Jafo Carriere ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

James Chilli Chillingworth ... Senior Editor (uncredited)

Terry Conforti ... Globe Employee (uncredited)

Shawn Contois ... Businessman (uncredited)

Guy Cooper ... Boston Globe Reporter (uncredited)

Jeffrey Corazzini ... Photographer (uncredited)
Edgar Damatian ... Fenway Fan (uncredited)
Cyndy Day ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jack Spencer Day ... Boy / Victim at Police Station (uncredited)
Jacob Alexander Day ... Boy / Victim at Police Station (uncredited)

Chris De Christopher ... Pedestrian in Crosswalk (uncredited)

Allison Dyen ... Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
Kris Earle ... Male Informant at Door (uncredited)
Irina Egay ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Mark Falvo ... Boston Red Sox Fan (uncredited)

Faith Fay ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

John Franchi ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Victor Franko ... Boston Globe Employee (uncredited)

William Galatis ... Fenway Fan (uncredited)

John Gigliotti ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Robert Glenn ... Business Man (uncredited)

Ed Goode ... Parishioner (uncredited)

Tom Granger ... Businessman (uncredited)

Elaine Victoria Grey ... Parishioner / Globe (uncredited)
Jed Griswold ... Church member / Globe worker (BG) (uncredited)

Mark Haggett ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

London Hall ... Boston Globe reporter,Percision driver (uncredited)
Becky Harvey ... Newsroom / Dining Patron (uncredited)

Arthur Hiou ... Parishioner / Red Sox Fan (uncredited)

Rosemary Howard ... Boston Globe Staff (uncredited)
Steven Howitt ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Richard Jenkins ... Richard Sipe (voice) (uncredited)
Glenn W. Kane ... Red Sox Fan (uncredited)

Colleen Kelly ... Librarian (uncredited)

J Parker Kent ... Business Man (uncredited)
Robert Kinar ... Paralegal (uncredited)
Jamie Mazareas ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Matthew Mease ... Guy in Lobby (uncredited)

Gavin Monteiro ... Playground Kid (uncredited)
Jill Morgan ... Passerby (uncredited)

Randy Morris ... Driver / Fenway Fan (uncredited)

Peter Morse ... Cafeteria Patron (uncredited)

Alyson Muzila ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Lance Norris ... Driver (uncredited)

Josette Oberton ... Girl on School Bus (uncredited)

Joseph Oliveira ... Street Driver (uncredited)

Richard Pacheco ... Boston Globe Reporter / precision driver (uncredited)
Emilie Paquet ... Parishioner (uncredited)

Dallas Peplow ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Doug Reed ... Red Sox Fan (uncredited)

Stew Replogle ... Neighborhood Parent (uncredited)

Eddie Resendes ... Boston Globe Reporter (uncredited)
Gary Roscoe ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Michelle Roy ... Parishioner (uncredited)

Ariana Ruckle ... Business Woman (uncredited)

Harold Rudolph ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Mary Jane Brennan Sangiolo ... Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
Aaron Snyder ... Church Boy (uncredited)
David Struffolino ... Boston Globe Employee (uncredited)

Michael Steven Swanson ... Red Sox Fan (uncredited)
Carole Taylor ... Parishoner / Red Sox Fan (uncredited)

Carl 'CJ' Tempesta ... Boston Globe Intern (uncredited)

Jami Tennille ... Elaine Carroll (uncredited)

J.P. Valenti ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

George J. Vezina ... Globe Staff (uncredited)
Kyle Viveiros ... Baseball Fan (uncredited)

Peter Lewis Walsh ... Red Sox Fan (uncredited)

Amy Whalen ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Teresa Wilson ... Maureen (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom McCarthy 
 
Writing credits
Josh Singer (written by) &
Tom McCarthy (written by)

Produced by
Michael Bederman .... executive producer
Kate Churchill .... co-producer
Bard Dorros .... executive producer
Blye Pagon Faust .... producer
Steve Golin .... producer
Jonathan King .... executive producer
Peter Lawson .... executive producer
Xavier Marchand .... executive producer
David Mizner .... associate producer
Pierre Omidyar .... executive producer
Tom Ortenberg .... executive producer
Nicole Rocklin .... producer
Josh Singer .... executive producer
Jeff Skoll .... executive producer
Michael Sugar .... producer
Youtchi von Lintel .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
 
Cinematography by
Masanobu Takayanagi 
 
Film Editing by
Tom McArdle 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
John Buchan 
Jason Knight 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Stephen H. Carter 
 
Art Direction by
Michaela Cheyne 
 
Set Decoration by
Vanessa Knoll (Boston Unit)
Shane Vieau 
 
Costume Design by
Wendy Chuck 
 
Makeup Department
Mario Cacioppo .... makeup artist
Karola Dirnberger .... head hair departement
Patricia Keighran .... key makeup artist
Jeri La Shay .... assistant makeup artist: Boston winter (as Jeri LaShay)
Brenda McNally .... key hair stylist: Boston
Shayna Passaretti .... assistant hair stylist: Boston winter
Niki Pleau .... key makeup artist: Boston
Jordan Samuel .... makeup department head
Kelly Shanks .... hair stylist
Cathy Shibley .... key hair stylist
Alex Rouse .... wigmaker (uncredited)
Teresa Young .... daily makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Michael Bederman .... unit production manager
Danielle Blumstein .... AUPM: Boston
D.J. Carson .... production manager
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Richard Benish .... assistant director
Walter Gasparovic .... first assistant director
Conte Mark Matal .... second assistant director (as Conte Matal)
Andrea O'Connor .... second assistant director
Scooter Perrotta .... additional second assistant director
Vibhuti Rathod .... daily assistant director
Gerrod Shully .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Lara Alexander .... construction administrator
Bobby Anderson .... picture car coordinator
Shadya H. Ballug .... On set dresser
Jill Beecher .... art department
Brenton Brown .... on-set dresser
Karl Denniston Brown .... set dresser
Carlos Caneca .... leadman: Toronto
William Cheng .... set designer
Stefan Couture .... set dresser: Boston Unit
Jaima Fogg .... assistant property master: Boston
Christopher Geggie .... property master
Paul W. Gorfine .... camera scenic
Nathan Alexander Kirk .... set dresser
Kevin Lise .... assistant property master
Alyson MacInnis .... props
John MacNeil .... set designer
Sandor Mate .... carpenter
Don McQueen .... set dresser
Richard McStay .... head carpenter
Kari Measham .... set decoration buyer
Jeffrey A. Melvin .... assistant set decorator
John Moran .... graphic designer
Grace Ng .... trainee assistant art director
Jeff Poulis .... set dresser
Dusty Reeves .... art department coordinator
Dawn Marie Richard .... props
Dave Rosa .... key scenic artist
Ioannis Sochorakis .... researcher
Shann Whynot-Young .... boston leadman
Toni Wong .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Brian Barret Collins .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Greg Crawford .... adr mixer
Kelly Doran .... boom operator - Boston
Devin Doucette .... a.d.r recordist
G. John Garrett .... additionnal sound
G. John Garrett .... sound mixer: Fall Unit/Winter Unit
G. John Garrett .... utility sound
Glen Gauthier .... sound mixer
Heather Gross .... sound effects editor
Maegan Hayward .... post production mixing facility executive producer
Paul Hsu .... sound designer/sound re-recording mixer
Frank Kern .... foley supervision
George A. Lara .... Foley mixer
Marissa Littlefield .... adr editor
Jason McFarling .... second boom
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer
Mark Shaw .... boom operator
Mark Shaw .... sound utility
Sarah Streit .... sound intern
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Paul Tirone .... sound re-recordist
Ja-Ann Wang .... assistant sound editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Marcus Rait .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Neishaw Ali .... visual effects producer
Mike Barber .... visual effects editor
Stas Basko .... digital compositor
Kayla Cabral .... visual effects coordinator
Dave Cardwell .... asset department supervisor
Tristan Cerrer .... matte painter
Colin Davies .... visual effects supervisor
J.P. Giamos .... vfx producer: SPIN VFX
Simon Han .... digital compositor
Wes Heo .... compositor
Noel Hooper .... compositor: SPIN VFX
George Macri .... Supervising VFX Producer: SPIN VFX
Taylor McNutt .... visual effects editor: spinvfx
Dennis Ngariuku .... digital compositor
Vivek Sharma .... digital compositor
Ahmed Shehata .... cg supervisor: SPIN VFX
Tim Sibley .... effects supervisor: SPIN VFX
Christa Tazzeo .... Associate Visual Effects Producer
Brandon Terry .... visual effects editor lead
Erik Polasek .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bobby Beckles .... stunt coordinator
Bryce Burke .... stunts
Jim Ford .... stunts
Becca G.T. .... stunt driver
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunt coordinator
Jeffery Kincannon .... precision car driver
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Branko Racki .... stunt driver
Robert Racki .... stunt driver
Shawnna Thibodeau .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Bell .... Best boy rigging grip: Boston
Andrew Caney .... grip
Brian Cassar .... digital imaging technician
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator: steadicam operator
Gyorgy Darvas .... 24 Frame Playback Operator
Federico De Marco .... libra head technician
Tara Dixit .... utility camera
Jason Dodds .... rigging gaffer
Joshua Dreyfus .... rigging best boy electric
Morris Flam .... gaffer
Michael Flax .... video assist operator: Toronto
Ben Gervais .... digital imaging technician
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer: Canada
Daniel A Hernandez .... digital Imaging technician: boston unit
Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez .... generator operator
Wilton Higgins .... grip
Christian J. Hollyer .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, Boston unit
Jim Holmes .... best boy
Jonathan Janisse .... second assistant camera: 'b' 'camera
Robert Johnson .... key grip
Tom Keenan .... best boy electric: Boston
Alan G. Kelly .... second assistant "a" camera
Zachary K. Lazar .... set generator operator (as Zach Lazar)
Branden James Maxham .... electrician
John F. McCarthy .... loader: Boston Unit
Joseph Micomonaco .... first assistant camera: 'b' camera
James R. Mitchell .... rigging gaffer: Boston Unit
A. Kyo Moon .... digital imaging technician: Boston
Anthony Nocera .... digital video assist
Seacia Pavao .... still photographer: Boston
Michael Peterson .... best boy electric: winter shoots
Dave Provenzano .... lighting technician
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Daryl Richardson .... key rigging grip
Steve Sikora .... lighting technician
Tom Starnes .... gaffer
Patrick Stepien .... first assistant camera: a camera
Masanobu Takayanagi .... camera operator: 'a' camera
Henry Tirl .... camera operator: "b" camera, Boston
Henry Tirl .... steadicam operator: Boston
Warren A. Weberg .... best boy grip
William M. Weberg .... key grip
Derek Whittington .... lighting technician
Greg Wimer .... First Assistant Camera: "b" camera, Boston
 
Casting Department
Matt Bouldry .... casting associate
Michael T. Burgess .... extras casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Matthew Glasner .... casting assistant
Jesse Griffiths .... casting assistant
Joey Montenarello .... casting associate
Carolyn Pickman .... casting: Boston
Adam Richards .... casting associate
Roya Semnanian .... casting assistant
Maura Smith .... casting associate: Boston
Zach Zatet .... casting assistant: Boston
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robin Chalfin .... tailor: Boston
Elizabeth Clifford .... costumer: Boston
Renee Fontana .... assistant costume designer (as Renée Bravener)
Virginia Johnson .... costume supervisor: Boston
Loreen Lightfoot .... costume cutter
Kathleen Meade .... costume supervisor
Dana Pacheco .... costumer: Boston
Kim Selke .... costume production assistant
Taryn Walsh .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Derek Cooper .... post-production assistant
Chris Dewolde .... data dailies operator
John Diesso .... on-line editor
Alex Durie .... Color Assistant
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate producer
Andrew Pang .... first assistant editor
Tom Poole .... digital intermediate colorist
Dustin Wadsworth .... Color Assistant
 
Music Department
Amy Baer .... music preparation
Chad Birmingham .... music editor
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... supervising music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Ben Holiday .... music editor
Nick Murray .... composer: Trailer Music
Sam Okell .... scoring engineer
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
James Sizemore .... musical arranger
James Sizemore .... score producer
 
Transportation Department
Cathy Baycroft .... driver
James Beaudrow .... driver
Billy Benner .... transportation: Boston
Richard Broome .... driver
John Cocks .... driver
Pal Dongo .... driver
Darrel Downey .... driver
Christian Gabourie .... unit driver
Gordon Gallant .... picture car coordinator
Bob Geeves .... driver
Kevin Kelleher .... transportation captain: Boston
Shelley Mansell .... driver
Thomas McGrath .... transportation coordinator: Boston
Bruce Raymer .... driver
Reg Reynolds .... driver: honeywagon
 
Other crew
Eric Altieri .... production assistant
Ollie Amerigian .... location scout: Boston
Courtenay Bainbridge .... assistant production coordinator
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Alex Berard .... assistant location manager: Boston
Peter Boboras .... location manager
Tyson Breuer .... production assistant
Mike Buonanno .... assistant location manager: Boston
John W. Burke .... craft services assistant: Boston
Carol Sue Byron .... production accountant
Elspeth Cassar .... production coordinator (as Elspeth Haughton)
Kayla Chin .... production assistant
Angie Lee Cobbs .... assistant coordinator: Boston
Ian Cooper .... production attorney
Jenna Dayton .... script supervisor: second unit
Marilyn DeJesus .... payroll accountant: reshoots
Jeff Dionne .... assistant location manager: Boston
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach: prep
Jennifer Driscoll .... production assistant
Timothy DuBois .... production assistant
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor
Katharine Duke .... payroll accountant
Shayne Fiske .... production executive
Allie Furlong .... production assistant
Stephen Gabis .... dialect coach
Andrew Gamuciello .... production assistant
Lindsay Gilmer .... production secretary
Brian Girard .... location assistant
Jacki Glick .... assistant: Mr. Golin and Mr. Sugar
Kris Gordon .... locations production assistant
Timothy J. Gorman .... location manager: Boston
Jason Habelow .... production coordinator: Boston
Diane Higgins .... production assistant
Jesse D. Ikeman .... production services: Canada
Fred Kamping .... location manager
Tony Kress .... production staff
Lois Liu .... accounting trainee
Kendra Long .... production assistant
Brinton MacFarland .... production assistant: Boston
Randy Manis .... production attorney
Peter A. Marshall .... insurance and risk management
Mark McFadden .... assistant location manager
Kyla McFeat .... first assistant accountant
Niamh McKeever .... production assistant
Ryan McPeake .... set medic
Liz Modena .... post production accountant
Louise Muskala .... assistant: Rachel McAdams
Olivia Noble .... production assistant
Amy O'Brien .... location production assistant
Maureen O'Donnell .... unit publicist
Hyo Park .... assistant location manager
Timothy Peel .... motion graphics
Michael J. Peluso .... body double: mark ruffalo
Marcelo Penarrieta .... location production assistant
Shanika L. Peterson .... assistant accountant - Trevanna Post
Tristan Plant .... locations scout
Jeffery Pong .... assistant location manager
Kai Quinlan .... location manager
Michael Justin Ricci .... assistant location manager: Boston
Kelly Robertson-Reinhart .... assistant: Mr. Bederman
Domenic Romano .... legal counsel
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor
Shalizeh Sadig .... legal counsel
Tracey Savein .... locations scout
Tony Scelsi .... staff production assistant: Boston
Josh Schneider .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Genevieve Skehan .... production assistant
Chuck Slavin .... production assistant
Hayley Stahl .... assistant: Mr. McCarthy
Robert T. Striem .... supervising location manager: Boston
Shan Shan Tam .... production assistant
Ty Taylor .... production assistant: Boston
Alessia Tranfaglia .... production assistant
Brittany Truett .... payroll accountant-boston
Brittany Truett .... payroll accountant: boston
Brad Wietersen .... stand-in
Angie Winstl .... travel coordinator
Benjamin Zalusky .... set production assistant
Kori Sparks .... researcher (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Martin Baron .... the producers wish to thank (as Marty Baron)
Ben Bradlee Jr. .... the producers wish to thank
Matt Carroll .... the producers wish to thank
Anna Gerb .... the producers wish to thank
Brian Koppelman .... the producers wish to thank
Lawrence Lessig .... the producers wish to thank
Patte Papa .... the producers wish to thank
Sacha Pfeiffer .... the producers wish to thank
Emily Procknal .... the producers wish to thank
Michael Rezendes .... the producers wish to thank
Walter Robinson .... the producers wish to thank (as Walter 'Robby' Robinson)
Clay Shirky .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Rated R for some language including sexual references
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Trivia:
Michael Keaton said about Walter Robinson's accent and his character in the movie, "I was told by Tom McCarthy and the other guys, he told them that's one reason he just doesn't really have one. But he will fall into one when he's around people from his neighborhood or other neighborhoods. But then his r's get hard and he does 'ing' and sometimes he doesn't do 'ing.' So when I saw that I thought, 'Oh, shoot, now how do I determine when he's speaking with a Boston accent and when he's not?' So little things like that were hard. But basically, what you want to do is be true to the guy, and I don't mean protect him. I just mean be who they are, you know? Not try to make them nicer than they are or anything. You know what I mean?"See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Sacha and Joe Crowley are walking, they pass a Synagogue with a Star of David window pane. Later, Crowley says they are in front of a church and the tree covers the Star of David.See more »
Quotes:
Mitchell Garabedian:[from trailer] I don't want you recording this in any way, shape or form. Nothing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F Major, Op. 6See more »

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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
All the Vatican's Men in Outstanding Investigative Journalism Film Revealing the Skeletons in the Boston Archdiocese's Closet, 28 February 2016
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

In "All the President's Men", young reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovered a national political scandal when they, through their investigative journalism, revealed the White House under then President Richard Nixon was using campaign funding to finance dirty tricks of political enemies, nicknamed Watergate. In "Spotlight", a similar team of investigative reporters reveal a scandal of epic proportions which makes much of the Watergate scandal seem tame by comparison. They uncovered widespread sexual abuse of minors committed by priests of the Roman Catholic Church who, in turn, hid the crimes. Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Walter V. Robinson (Michael Keaton), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), Martin "Marty" Baron (Leiv Schreiber), Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery), and Matt Carroll (Brian d'Arcy James) work for a group of investigative reporters within the Boston Globe called "Spotlight" who succeed in finding the skeletons in the Boston Diocese proverbial closet. For many years prior to the sexual abuse scandal, Spotlight had investigated and reported on many other ground-breaking stories.

The story begins with a quick flash-back to 1976 when a priest is jailed for sexual abusing a minor. The film then cuts to 2001. Marty Baron (Schreiber), a Jewish Floridian, becomes the main editor for the Boston Globe. He meets the different editors and journalists, and learns of work by Spotlight. A Globe column reveals a lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, claims Cardinal Law, then Archbishop of Boston, knew Father John Geoghan, a priest within Law's diocese, was sexually abusing children, and the bishop did not bring him to the attention of authorities. Baron urges the Spotlight team to investigate further to see whether the claim is true and an isolated incident, or if there is more to the story. The "seed" is similar to the break-in of the democratic headquarters at the Watergate Complex which eventually revealed the Nixon White House had been engaging in multiple plots against perceived political enemies.

The Spotlight team is headed by Walter "Robby" Robinson (Keaton), a no-nonsense fair but tough reporter/editor. They agree to Baron's wishes and begin researching deeper to see if there is a larger story. Their first lead is the attorney mentioned in the article, Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci). Rezendes (Ruffalo) peruses Garabedian who acted as negotiator between the Boston Archdiocese and victims of Father Geoghan. The reporter wishes the attorney to reveal names of the victims, but at first Garabedian declines. Eventually, Garabedian agrees to contact victims, who are now much older, and ask them if they are willing to speak with Rezendes without revealing their names. Eventually, interviews are set up at the attorney's offices. The question then becomes whether there were other priests who engaged in similar criminal behavior against minors.

On another front, other members of the team, including Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams), begin discovering the unspeakable reality of other victims possibly at the hands of more priests, aside from Geoghan. Then a tip from a former rehabilitation counselor for priests informs the team that, based on statistics, there may be as many as 90 priests involved with sexual abuse of children in the Boston Area alone. The team then appropriates volumes of an American guide book of Roman Catholic priests, published once a year, which lists the whereabouts of every clergyman in the church in terms of dioceses and parishes. The investigators make a startling discovery. Certain names in the book over several years are listed as "on leave due to illness", "on administrative leave", or other designations of inactivity after only one to three years at a particular parish, leading the team to consider these may be priests who engaged in sexual misconduct with minors. If true, it would place blame not only on Cardinal Law as possibly covering up the church's indiscretions but the entire Roman Catholic Church, all the way to the Vatican.

This is a stunning film about the power of a small group of urban reporters to uncover wrongdoing by one of the oldest and far-reaching institutions in the world: The Roman Catholic Church. In particular high marks for Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes, Rachel McAdams as Sacha Pfeiffer, and Michael Keaton as Robbie Robinson. So much of the story parallels the Watergate Scandal of several decades earlier. As horrible as the actual victimization of minors by the priests, often boys because they were less likely to "squeal" because of the shame, the cover-up by Law was nearly as criminal. Instead of taking the priests to justice, as he should have done, he tried to cover it up by offering settlements to the families, often when the victims were minors. Law and probably other church officials moved the priests to other parishes where they engaged in similar behavior, thus allowing widespread sexual abuse to continue. It was eventually revealed that not only did these sexual predators victimize children in other parts of the country, it was happening internationally.

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