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Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996)

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Chronicles the life of Dorothy Day who dedicated herself in service to her socialist beliefs and her adopted faith of Catholicism. The movement she created continues to thrive to this day, ... See full summary »

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Michael Ray Rhodes

Writer:

John Wells
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moira Kelly ... Dorothy Day
Martin Sheen ... Peter Maurin
Lenny von Dohlen ... Forster Batterham
Melinda Dillon ... Sister Aloysius
Paul Lieber ... Mike Gold
Heather Graham ... Maggie Bowen
Boyd Kestner ... Lionel Moise
James Lancaster ... Eugene O'Neill
Geoffrey Blake ... Floyd Dell
Brian Keith ... Cardinal
Heather Camille Heather Camille ... Tamar
Thom Adcox-Hernandez ... Dan Irwin
David Berón ... John
Pamela Shafer Pamela Shafer ... Tesse
Allyce Beasley ... Frankie
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Chronicles the life of Dorothy Day who dedicated herself in service to her socialist beliefs and her adopted faith of Catholicism. The movement she created continues to thrive to this day, with more than 200 communities across the United States and another 28 communities abroad. The title of the movie is taken from a phrase which means to treat all guests, whether they be kings or peasants, like they were visiting angels. Written by mahajanssen

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No force could sway her. No fear could stop her.


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Rated PG-13 for a range of thematic elements, some sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entertaining Angels See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$711,872
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(Encore-True Stories Library print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Moira Kelly and Martin Sheen also star together in, "The West Wing." See more »

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Ambitious and mostly a success.
21 November 1999 | by James B.See all my reviews

I liked this film. It tells the real-life story of Dorothy Day, who founded the "Catholic Worker" newspaper and relief agency for the poor in New York City during the Depression. Moira Kelly gives a very good performance as Day. The story follows her quest to find her way in life, ultimately leading to her helping thousands of people and providing a role model for activists.

The film contains a scene where Kelly says one of the most quotable lines ever: "If you feed the poor, you're called a saint. If you ask why they're poor, you're called a Communist." Kelly says this during a scene when she is responding to people who resist her search for the truth through her newspaper. Americans who are concerned with political freedom and justice should keep this statement in mind - it is especially salient today.

That said, there are flaws in "Entertaining Angels." Kelly's performance as the younger Dorothy Day is great, but in the film Day is supposed gradually to look older, and this aging process isn't convincing. Martin Sheen also has a part as a wandering, Christ-like, populist preacher. He's OK here, but his Inspector Clouseau-like French accent won't be on his career retrospective videotape. Also, the film might have bitten off more than it can chew. It could have used a bigger budget and a more professional cast.

Overall, though, this one is well worth a rental. I'm a big Moira Kelly fan, too. I hope she will be around a long time.


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