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The Boys of St. Vincent (1992)

The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.

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John N. Smith
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Czerny ... Brother Peter Lavin
Johnny Morina ... Kevin Reevey
Brian Dooley Brian Dooley ... Detective Noseworthy
Philip Dinn Philip Dinn ... Mike Finn
Brian Dodd ... Steven Lunny
Ashley Billard ... Brian Lunny
Jeremy Keefe ... Mike Sproule
Jonathan Lewis ... Eddie Linnane
Michael Wade Michael Wade ... Brother MacLaverty
Greg Thomey Greg Thomey ... Brother Glackin
Alain Goulem ... Brother Glynn
Ed Martin Ed Martin ... Tom Kennedy
Maurice Podbrey Maurice Podbrey ... Archbishop
Sam Grana Sam Grana ... Monsignor
Aidan Devine ... Brother Michael Davitt
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Storyline

This movie is based on actual events, but it says it is not all about one specific incident. It documents St. Vincent's Orphanage in Canada, where many of the boys suffer physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of the brothers who run the facility. When the stories are surfaced and a police investigation is begun, religious and political groups work to silence the story to keep it from reaching the public. Written by mike407

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1992 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys of St. Vincent See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$204,540
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First part of a 2 part made-for-TV movie. Second part titled: The Boys of St. Vincent: 15 Years Later. See more »

Quotes

Peter Lavin: [addressing the boys in the middle of the night] There are... rumors being spread around by certain people! Anyone who is spreading these... rumors is a traitor to the orphanage, a traitor to you and a traitor to God. Whatever happens inside the walls of this orphanage is to STAY inside the walls of this orphanage! That is a sacred rule. A rule more sacred than any rule you will EVER HEAR! Understand this, there are people outside who want to see this orphanage close. These... rumors are the way...
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Alternate Versions

Originally produced for television; released unrated in theaters in the US and broadcast in a edited version on cable TV. See more »

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Referenced in The Trotsky (2009) See more »

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The greatest Canadian film of all time.
9 August 2000 | by FreefrySee all my reviews

In my opinion, this is the greatest Canadian film of all time and a true primer on Canadian cinema style. I originally saw this film as a teenager when it premiered on Canadian television in 1992 in two parts, one part on Sunday and one part on Monday. The film should be viewed in this manner, on separate days, to allow the emotions to seep in. Last year, I felt that I was ready to see the film again, and I watched it with my family. The indelible images returned, such as the raging Brother Lavin in the basement towards the end of the second hour. Please see this film.


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