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Conspiracy of Silence (2003)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 January 2006 (Mexico)
A can of worms is opened within the Irish Catholic Church following two controversial incidents, the suicide of Frank Sweeney, a parish priest and the expulsion of Daniel McLaughlin, a ... See full summary »


John Deery


John Deery
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Forbes Jonathan Forbes ... Daniel McLaughlin
Brenda Fricker ... Annie McLaughlin
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... John McLaughlin
Catherine Cusack ... Mary McLaughlin
Elaine Symons Elaine Symons ... Marie McLaughlin
Tommy Carey Tommy Carey ... Sean McLaughlin
Paudge Behan Paudge Behan ... Niall McLaughlin
Jason Barry ... David Foley
Olivia Caffrey Olivia Caffrey ... Liz Foley
Anna Rose Fullen Anna Rose Fullen ... Martha Foley
Hugh Bonneville ... Father Dowling
John Lynch ... Father Francis
Jim Norton ... Bishop Quinn
Sean McGinley ... Rector Cathal
Harry Towb ... Father Doherty


A can of worms is opened within the Irish Catholic Church following two controversial incidents, the suicide of Frank Sweeney, a parish priest and the expulsion of Daniel McLaughlin, a young trainee priest from a nearby seminary, on the grounds that he was open to the sexual advances of a male colleague. A local journalist, David Foley, is convinced that Sweeney's death and Daniel's expulsion are linked. Desperate to clear his good name and be re-instated, Daniel agrees to talk to Foley. As the story gathers momentum, the Church closes ranks.

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First film role for Owen McDonnell, who portrays Noel. See more »


Daniel McLaughlin: Ya, I was celibate... from the moment I joined the seminary... until last night.
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Written by Stephen W. Parsons
© 2002 Not Quite Music Limited
Performed by Perfect Strangers
Licensed by courtesy of Bubblehead Records Ltd
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Very good for a Debut
6 September 2003 | by eusticjaSee all my reviews

I saw this film on holiday in Galway. It was a headliner at the Galway Film Fleadh. The experience was rather surreal because most of the starring cast were present for the premiere.

John Deery examines the question of celibacy in the Catholic church with pride and skepticism. The viewer doesn't quite know which side he stands on, but he is clearly a devout Catholic as well as a fighter for a more just way of treating priests. Although a much less controversial treatment, this film is in the same vein as 1994's Priest. This film may be a little more universal and pleasing to one's own beliefs, though.

Actors Jonathan Forbes and Brenda Fricker have many pointed moments together on screen, but frankly that should come as no surprise. After all, what has Brenda Fricker ever been in that has been bad? All of the other actors do a fine job, as well.

I recommend that if you come across a screening of this film, to see it...especially if you are Catholic. If not, rent it.

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Release Date:

20 January 2006 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Dios te Salve See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,598, 5 December 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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