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Saint Ralph (2004)

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Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest of trying to win the 1954 Boston Marathon.

Director:

Michael McGowan

Writer:

Michael McGowan
6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Butcher ... Ralph Walker
Michael Kanev Michael Kanev ... Chester Jones
Gordon Pinsent ... Father Fitzpatrick
Tamara Hope ... Claire Collins
Chris Anton ... Hulk (as Chris Ploszczansky)
Paulette Sinclair Paulette Sinclair ... Secretary Roddy
Campbell Scott ... Father George Hibbert
Shauna MacDonald ... Emma Walker
Jennifer Tilly ... Nurse Alice
Lubica Kucerova Lubica Kucerova ... Woman in Shower
Ben Gans Ben Gans ... Senior Citizen #1
Jock McLeod Jock McLeod ... Senior Citizen #2
Jeff Baxter Jeff Baxter ... Cattana
Daniel Karasik Daniel Karasik ... Bolan
Frank Crudele Frank Crudele ... Mr. Karl
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Storyline

It's the 1953/54 school year at St. Magnus Catholic School in Hamilton, Ontario. Fourteen year old Ralph Walker is in many ways a typical teenager. He is experimenting with smoking and is openly preoccupied with the opposite sex, which makes him the brunt of jokes amongst his male classmates and which constantly gets him into trouble with the school's strict headmaster, Father Fitzpatrick. As penance and to redirect his energies, Father Fitzpatrick orders Ralph to join the school's cross country running team under the tutelage of the school's avant-garde thinking teacher, Father Hibbert. Some of the more unusual circumstances of Ralph's life are that he lives by himself in the family home, telling the authorities that he is living with his paternal grandparents (who are in reality deceased), and telling his widowed hospitalized mother (Ralph's father was killed in the war) that he is staying with a friend. Ralph's focus in life changes after his mother falls into a coma. It will take ... Written by Huggo

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Finding yourself on the starting line of life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Em Busca De Um Milagre See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$140,881, 7 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$795,126, 30 October 2005
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 30 kilometre Hamilton Round the Bay Race, which Ralph wins in the movie, is an actual event; in fact, it is the oldest structured road race in North America, predating the Boston Marathon (started 1897) by three years. The film's director, Michael McGowan, won the Round the Bay Race in 1995 with a time of 1:36:09. See more »

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The actual winner of the 1954 Boston Marathon was Veikko Karvonen from Finland. His finish time was 2:20:39. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ralph Walker: Forgive me father for I have sinned. It has been 11 weeks since my last confession.
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Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.24 (2010) See more »

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Three Words
Performed by Dari Pouyat
Lyrics by Andrew Lockington / Michael McGowan
Music by Andrew Lockington
Published by Ellchris Music
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Delightful
30 December 2005 | by artzauSee all my reviews

Every once in a while, a "feel good" movie pops up that surprises me. Always on the look-out for movies that my wife will watch, I picked this off the shelf and was simply delighted watching it. The story was better than the run of the mill tear-jerker and was made credible by the performance of young Mr. Butcher in the title role, the sweet and beautiful teenage Ms. Hope and the convincing performances of Campbell Scott and Gordon Pinsent as the priests with opposing views. To a pair of cradle Catholics like my wife and I who grew up in the 50s, the bittersweet romance of coming of age was very compelling. In short, this is a good film. Enough nostalgia to spark old memories for oldies like us and with enough sentiment not to be overly sentimental and maudlin. Check it out. You'll be glad you did.


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