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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 June 2015 (Italy)
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A film that claims to be a look at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spanky Taylor ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Wright ...
Himself (archive footage)
Marjorie Cameron ...
Herself (archive footage)
Tony Ortega ...
Antony A. Phillips ...
Himself (archive footage)
Hana Whitfield ...
Herself (as Hana Eltringham Whitfield)
Kim Masters ...
Sara Goldberg ...


A devastating two hour documentary based on Lawrence Wright's book of the same name. Scientology is laid bare by a film that skilfully knits together archive footage, testimonials from former high ranking officials and public, and dramatic reconstructions.

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There is a code of silence enforced upon Scientologists as part of the religion. It is also against the Scientology religion to co-operate with the demands of civil law or to "rat out" another Scientologist. This is directly from the Scientology Ethics Codes Book. These are "Suppressive Acts" which are grounds for expulsion: "Suppressive Acts include public disavowal of Scientology or Scientologists in good standing with Scientology Organizations. Public statements against Scientology or Scientologists. Testifying hostilely before State or public inquiries into Scientology to suppress it. Reporting or threatening to report Scientology or Scientologists to civil authorities. Bringing civil suit against any Scientology organization or Scientologist including the nonpayment of bills or failure to refund . Delivering up the person of a Scientologist without defense or protest to the demands of civil or criminal law." See more »


(at around 8 mins) When Paul Haggis is discussing his beginnings with the church, a clip is shown claiming to be "London, Ontario." What is actually shown is a view of downtown Hamilton, Ontario, looking east from King Street and James Street. The bus clearly reads "West Hamilton". Also visible: Woolworth's, the Wright House, and Gore Park - downtown Hamilton landmarks. See more »


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HBO you did it again !
30 March 2015 | by (prilep) – See all my reviews

It is an excellent documentary, interviewing people that have been down through the void and scheme of scientology, so it carries a lot of weight.I found it really amusing and thorough, especially the way things about the religion are explained.It provides 2 hours of great amusement, 2 hours that will consume you totally. We are all interested in learning more about the "mistery" that surrounds this cult movement,and how it has obtained so many followers, and even more the colossal fortune. Watch it, it is worth the time spent....You'll learn a thing or two about how easily a person can be manipulated...Even the smartest one of us.

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