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Saint Ralph (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 8 April 2005 (Canada)
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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
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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 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 »

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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$140,881, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:

$489,389

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,881,975
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Sound Mix:

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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.24 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Halleluia Proprium Missae
In Domenica Tertia Post Pentecosten
Halleluia / aleluja Diligam te
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Slovenski Madrigalisti, Ltg./Cond.: Janez Bole
(P) Point Classics, Courtesy of Morning Music Limited
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Surprisingly enjoyable
25 July 2005 | by kd1104See all my reviews

Air Canada was showing this a few months ago. With nothing better to do I thought I'd give it a try. It's nice to start watching a movie you have never heard of. And not having anyone else's viewpoint to prejudice you. At least when it is this good. The initial disappointment of there being no well known movies on offer soon evaporated. After an uncertain start the wholly believable characters win you over. A bit corny at times for sure, but funny, and well acted. And ultimately one of the most moving films I have seen in a while (ok discounting Finding Neverland). An excellent coming of age tale, which I enjoyed retelling to my kids.

A must to rent.


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