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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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$204,540
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Banned from airing on TV in Ontario, Canada in 1992 due to the trials of the priests on which the film is based. See more »

Quotes

[the police are returning Kevin to the orphanage]
Kevin Reevey: Don't take me back there, please!
RNC Officer: Ain't no place else you can go, lad.
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The 1997 UK VHS video tape was cut by 18 seconds by the BBFC to remove a back view of four naked boys's buttocks and in the shower scene sight of a boy's penis was removed. See more »

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Fearsome
9 April 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Horror films as such have nothing on the THE BOYS OF ST. VINCENT. Loosely based on the Roman Catholic child molestation scandals as they unfolded in Canada, this 1991 film was first show on Canadian television but later shown theatrically in the United States. Directed by John N. Smith, featuring an extraordinary cast, and boasting an excellent script, the film is one of the most fearsome experiences you could ever endure.

The story falls into two parts, first offering a portrait of St. Vincent, a Catholic orphanage for boys, as it existed in the early 1970s; then presenting a portrait of the various characters some fifteen years later as the original accusations of child molestation and abuse result in a high profile court case. The film focuses on a number of characters, but most particularly on Henry Czerny, who begins the film as Brother Lavin of St. Vincent--a truly dangerous pedophile who uses his position to sate his desires while also looking the other way re abuse of children by other Brothers at the orphanage. When the scandal at last breaks around him, it is quickly hushed up by the authorities, and Lavin leaves the church. Some fifteen years later he is a respected businessman, a husband, and the father of two sons when the long-forgotten and covered-up case begins to explode relentlessly in the public eye.

The cast is truly amazing here, chief among them Henry Czerny as Lavin, who creates a truly multi-layered portrait of a man at once pitiful but both vicious and dangerous. Equally amazing are the cast of children and their adult counterparts in the latter half of the film, most particularly Johnny Morina and Sebastian Spence, who play the role of Kevin as a child and an adult respectively.

Perhaps the single most impressive accomplishment of the film is the delicate balancing act director Smith achieves, a stance which does not attack the Catholic Church as an institution but which relentlessly exposes the corruption that can exist within it. The film does contain some child nudity, all of it "back shots," and while some may find this in questionable taste it is all carefully filmed and not explotational--and indeed has the effect of further demonstrating the innocence of the children while emphasizing the evil of those who abuse them.

Painful as the film it is, I cannot recommend it too strongly. It should be seen by every responsible adult, not simply for the artistry involved in its presentation, but for the warning it offers. A must see.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer


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