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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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Pete Guitry
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Emmeline Guitry
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Claude Fortier
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Father Frank Aubert
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Robbie Guitry
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Monsignor Beauvais
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Dave Davis (as Mitch Ryan)
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Mr. Hummel
Steve Hofvendahl ...
Daniel Broussard
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Madeleine Broussard
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Kenneth Loring
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Father Delambre
Bob Barnes ...
Mr. Poujade
Deborah Barone ...
Lucille Arnaud
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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Solid, but predictable TV Movie
21 February 2001 | by See 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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