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The Good Shepherd (2004)

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CHRISTIAN SLATER plays a worldly and urbane priest who is forced to challenge his comfortable existence as an ecclesiastical spin-doctor when he comes to believe in the innocence of a young... See full summary »

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Lewin Webb

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Brad Mirman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Daniel Clemens
Molly Parker ... Madeline Finney
Stephen Rea ... McCaran
Gordon Pinsent ... Cardinal Ledesna
Nancy Beatty Nancy Beatty ... Lucy Gallagher
Von Flores ... Father Andrews
Daniel Kash ... Jeffrey Altman
Alex Paxton-Beesley ... Monica
Jordan Hughes Jordan Hughes ... Cameron
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ... Detective Sherman
Shawn Lawrence ... Bishop Sorano
Colin Glazer ... Monsignor Hummel
Joan Gregson Joan Gregson ... Mrs. Donelly
Kyra Harper ... Mrs. Andrews
Duane Murray ... James
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CHRISTIAN SLATER plays a worldly and urbane priest who is forced to challenge his comfortable existence as an ecclesiastical spin-doctor when he comes to believe in the innocence of a young priest accused of murder. His only ally, a journalist, is also his former sweetheart... Written by Peace Arch Films

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The truth will test his faith to the limit.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, thematic elements and brief drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2007 (Ukraine) See more »

Also Known As:

The Confessor See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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plain filmmaking
12 December 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Father Daniel Clemens (Christian Slater) does money solicitation and financial work for the church. He's called in for admiror Father Andrews who was arrested for murder. Andrews can't prove his innocence due to the seal of confession. Clemens has his friend McCaran (Stephen Rea). Cardinal Ledesna (Gordon Pinsent) orders Clemens to handle the case. He struggles to do PR and investigate with the help of reporter Madeline Finney (Molly Parker) with whom he has a past.

This is a Canadian production that pulled in some bigger actors. Stephen Rea is woefully underserved. It's obvious what they're setting him up for but it's a waste of a great actor. As a mystery, it doesn't lay out the clues and twists that well. The filmmaking is plain. It needs a better filmmaker to inject real intensity and brooding mood. Neither writer nor director seem to have gone on to do much else. The church's internal battle needs something bigger and more ominous. The forbidden love between Daniel and Madeline has no heat and is awkward when the heat is turned up. There are elements of a better film but this puts it together like a movie of the week. It's only when Stephen Rea, Slater, and Parker join forces do the movie starts pulling together.


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