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The Patron Saint of Liars (1998)

A woman runs away from her husband when she discovers she is pregnant, going to a Catholic school for girls, where she meets and marries another man, who raises the child as his own. ... See full summary »

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Stephen Gyllenhaal

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Ann Patchett (novel), Lynn Roth (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Delany ... Rose Cleardon Abbott
Sada Thompson ... Sister Evangeline
Clancy Brown ... Son
Jill Gascoine ... Mother Corrine
Nancy Moore Atchison Nancy Moore Atchison ... Cecilia (age 15)
Debra Christofferson ... Sister Bernadette
Lisa Rieffel ... Beatrice
Marissa Ribisi ... Angie
John Putch ... Thomas Cleardon
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Lorraine Thomas
Mary-Joan Negro Mary-Joan Negro ... Mrs. Stanton
Ellen Burstyn ... June Clatterbuck
Anthony Mockus Sr. Anthony Mockus Sr. ... Father O'Donnell
Brett Pryor Brett Pryor ... Joseph Clatterbuck
Daria Sanford Daria Sanford ... Ann Clatterbuck
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A woman runs away from her husband when she discovers she is pregnant, going to a Catholic school for girls, where she meets and marries another man, who raises the child as his own. Meanwhile, the first husband spends 15 years searching for his wife. Written by Bill Hensley <Bill.Hensley@trw.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Miracle of the Spring See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Slow moving, Far fetched........
10 May 2002 | by coldnutzSee all my reviews

Recently this movie was on Lifetime. It is about a woman who leaves her husband for no reason when she becomes pregnant. She goes into hiding to give up her child at a convent. The story gives no apparent reason for her running away until the very ending, which makes no sense. She then marries again, while still married to her first husband, to the grounds keeper, Clancy Brown. She decides to keep her baby and lives in a separate home from her husband and child at the convent. Years go by of the couple living apart and the child grows up thinking her mother doesn't love and care for her. Then after a mail incident, her first husband finds her and comes looking for his wife, which of course he is still in love with. Then the story finally unwinds and we find out why this woman runs from her family, which of course is very weak, and leaves the viewer full of questions that are never answered. I watched this whole story to find out the reasoning of a religious event that happens in the first 5 minutes of the movie with a sick child becoming well after a spring of water appears out of the ground, at the very end of the movie the spring appears again, when the lady who runs stops running, I don't see how the 2 relate to the story line that seemed to be full of holes, and how a woman can leave her child and have that child have peace suddenly at the end of the movie is a bit to far fetched for me! I would not waste my time with this movie. One of the worst I have seen.


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