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Judgment (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 13 October 1990
Fact-based story of a Louisiana priest accused of molesting young parishioners, and of the family of one of his victims, caught between their loyalty to their son and to their Church.

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Tom Topor

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Tom Topor
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Pete Guitry
Blythe Danner ... Emmeline Guitry
Jack Warden ... Claude Fortier
David Strathairn ... Father Frank Aubert
Michael Faustino Michael Faustino ... Robbie Guitry
Bob Gunton ... Monsignor Beauvais
Mitchell Ryan ... Dave Davis (as Mitch Ryan)
Robert Joy ... Mr. Hummel
Steve Hofvendahl ... Daniel Broussard
Mary Joy ... Madeleine Broussard
Brad Sullivan ... Kenneth Loring
Dylan Baker ... Father Delambre
Bob Barnes Bob Barnes ... Mr. Poujade
Deborah Barone Deborah Barone ... Lucille Arnaud
Douglas Brush Douglas Brush ... Bishop Lanclos
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Fact-based story of a Louisiana priest accused of molesting young parishioners, and of the family of one of his victims, caught between their loyalty to their son and to their Church. Written by Susan C. Mitchell <susanm@indirect.com>

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The film's theme is pedophilia and Dylan Baker is one of the film's stars. Baker would later play a suburban pedophile father in the film "Happiness" (1998). See more »

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Solid, but predictable TV Movie
21 February 2001 | by baker-9See all my reviews

"Judgment" follows the events surrounding the molestation of several young boys by a Catholic priest, including the initial disbelief on the part of the parents, and the desperate attempts of the church establishment to cover up the misdeeds and admit no culpability.

The script pretty much develops the action in the same way you see in many other TV movies of this sort - good story, but few surprises. Fortunately, the film is filled with fine actors. Blythe Danner doesn't quite strike me as a small-town Louisiana woman, but her intensity is welcome, particularly her anger at her husband's initial unwillingness to confront the Church leaders.

David Strathairn does a wonderful job (no surprise) as the pedophile priest, a man totally in denial about the harm he has done and his own emotional sickness. He has a brief, but telling scene near the end with the Monsignor (played by the reliably oily Bob Gunton) where he defends his behavior as giving the kids "all of his and God's love" and an antidote to parents who probably beat and abuse their kids. Clearly his general accusation does not apply to the families in the film.

Many people are offended by any kind of sympathetic portrayal of a child molestor, which is easy to understand. But I give "Judgment" credit for going beyond the one-dimensional, and giving us a glimpse of a tortured soul behind the horrible behavior.


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13 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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Florida, USA

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