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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.

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Cast

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Ralph Walker
Michael Kanev ...
Chester Jones
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Father Fitzpatrick
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Claire Collins
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Hulk (as Chris Ploszczansky)
Paulette Sinclair ...
Secretary Roddy
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Father George Hibbert
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Emma Walker
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Nurse Alice
Lubica Kucerova ...
Woman in Shower
Ben Gans ...
Senior Citizen #1
Jock McLeod ...
Senior Citizen #2
Jeff Baxter ...
Cattana
Daniel Karasik ...
Bolan
Frank Crudele ...
Mr. Karl
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Mr. Collins
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Kid Collins
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Father Gregg
Rob Smith ...
Santa Claus
Joan Massiah ...
Mrs. Scarlet
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Longboat
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Worker #1
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Worker #2
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Nurse
Brandon Barré ...
Road Runner (as Brandon Barre)
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Spectator #1
Naomi Emmerson ...
Spectator #2
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Children's Aid Officer
Barry Stillwell ...
Mr. Jones
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Boston Announcer
Michael David Brown ...
John Bannon (as Michael David Bown)
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Seen on Camera
Brian Bannan ...
Priest (uncredited)
Miranda Black ...
Nurse Riggin (uncredited)
Peter Feniak ...
Reporter #2 (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael McGowan

Written by

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Michael McGowan ... (written by)

Produced by

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Brian Barrett ... associate producer: Amaze Film
Peter Emerson ... associate producer: Amaze Film
Teza Lawrence ... producer
Andrea Mann ... producer
Seaton McLean ... producer
Marguerite Pigott ... executive producer
Michael Souther ... producer (as Mike Souther)
Peter Sussman ... executive producer
Gordon Yang ... line producer

Music by

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Andrew Lockington

Cinematography by

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Rene Ohashi ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Susan Maggi

Editorial Department

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Stephen Young Chin ... editorial technical consultant
Erin Deck ... first assistant editor
Mark Kueper ... tape-to-tape colorist
Ricardo Olivero ... film timer
Catherine Rankin ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Deirdre Bowen
Jenny Lewis ... (as Jennifer Lewis)

Production Design by

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Matthew Davies

Art Direction by

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Ken Watkins

Set Decoration by

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Erica Milo

Costume Design by

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Anne Dixon

Makeup Department

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Susan Exton-Stranks ... key hair stylist
Mary Sue Heron ... key makeup artist (as Marysue Heron)
Candice Ornstein ... assistant makeup artist
Andrea Tranmueller ... assistant hair stylist (as Andrea Traunmueller)
Kiisti Matsuo ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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John Harcourt ... post-production supervisor: Amaze Film
Jennifer Macleod ... post-production supervisor: Amaze Film (as Jennifer MacLeod)
Stephen Paniccia ... production executive: Amaze Film
Paul Vella ... executive in charge of production
Gordon Yang ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Velvet Andrews-Smith ... trainee assistant director (as Velvet Smith)
Fergus Barnes ... first assistant director
September Death ... second assistant director
Mark MacDonald ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Jon Bankson ... construction coordinator
Luis Camara ... on-set dresser
Nitram Dass ... set dresser
Brent Kelly ... assistant set decorator
Jordan Kerner ... set dresser
William Legere ... head carpenter
Jack McCullough ... key scenic artist
Mario Moreira ... props master assistant: on-set
James R. Murray ... property master (as James Murray)
Sean Scoffield ... second assistant art director
Michael Shocrylas ... assistant art director
Adrienne Trent ... assistant props
Richelle Wilks ... art department apprentice
Matthew G. Wright ... set buyer (as Matthew Wright)
Geri Bertolo ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Richard Duhaney ... sketch artist: paper props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Marina Adam ... foley recording assistant
Benito Amaro ... boom operator
Steph Carrier ... re-recording mixer (as Stephen Carrier)
Michele Cook ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Eliot Crackower ... sound re-recording assistant
Erik Culp ... foley recording mixer
Ronayne Higginson ... dialogue editor
Janice Ierulli ... dialogue editor
David McCallum ... supervising dialogue editor
Christopher Miller ... first assistant sound effects editor (as Chris Miller)
Brent Pickett ... first assistant dialogue editor
Donna Powell ... foley artist
Valentin Pricop ... sound recordist
David Rose ... sound effects editor
Mark Shnuriwsky ... sound effects editor
Lou Solakofski ... re-recording mixer
Alan Tang ... assistant sound effects editor
Jane Tattersall ... supervising sound editor
Robert Warchol ... sound effects editor
Randy Wilson ... foley recording mixer
David Yonson ... adr recording engineer

Special Effects by

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Reg Ashby ... special effects key
John LaForet ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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David Alexander ... visual effects animator
Ioan Balcosi ... compositor
Mark Fordham ... matte painter
Genevieve Forte ... digital artist
Gudrun Heinze ... lead compositor / visual effects on-set supervisor
Mary Holding ... compositor
Elizabeth Holmes ... compositor
Ariel Joson ... visual effects animator
Lisa-Marie Marrelli ... compositor
Ian Maxwell ... visual effects coordinator
Mihaela Orzea ... compositor
Mike Pieczonka ... lead visual effects animator
Jane Sobel ... visual effects coordinator
Mark Stevens ... visual effects production assistant
Allan Walker ... matte painter
Aaron Webster ... visual effects animator
Tony Willis ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Jordan Anderson ... stunt player
Randy Butcher ... stunt coordinator
Curtis Parker ... stunt player
Randy Butcher ... stunt motorcycle rider (uncredited)
Blair Johannes ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nicole Blanchard ... clapper / film loader
Paul Cameron ... dolly grip
Gilles Corbeil ... Steadicam operator / camera operator
Paul Dias ... gaffer
Rob Dias ... electric (as Roberto Dias)
Christian Drennan ... key grip
Shem Ellis ... best boy electric
Carl Flood ... electric
Amanda Goble ... second assistant camera
Lennox Green ... generator operator
Chris Kelly ... grip
Chris Livingstone ... grip
Trevor Moores ... grip
Nick Porter ... electric (as Nicholas Porter)
Christopher Raucamp ... focus operator
Brent Robinson ... underwater first assistant camera
Tyler Sellers ... best boy grip
Amanda Wojtaszek ... camera trainee
Ken Woroner ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Dylaine Bovaird ... background casting assistant
Kay Denver ... background casting
Christopher Richards ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Constance Buck ... costume supervisor
Jennifer Buck ... costume supervisor: extras
Anna Dal Farra ... assistant costume designer
Nicole Pearson ... costume truck supervisor
Sheila Radovancevic ... costume supervisor: extras

Location Management

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James Stevens ... assistant location manager
Michael Tough ... location manager
Rick Whalen ... location production assistant

Music Department

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Daryl Branston ... assistant music score engineer
Nicholas Dodd ... conductor / orchestrator
Simon Edwards ... music consultant
Andrew Lockington ... music score producer
David Nichol ... music copyist
Annelise Noronha ... assistant music score engineer
Dan Parr ... music copyist
Dennis Patterson ... music score engineer
Michael Perlmutter ... music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates (as Michael A. Perlmutter)
Ron Searles ... music score mixer
Ron Skinner ... music score engineer
Lenny Solomon ... orchestra contractor
Ron Korb ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Steven 'Sparky' Carr ... transportation captain
Tom Chapman ... driver
Mike Curran ... transportation coordinator (as Michael P. Curran)
Wayne Davey ... driver: honeywagon
Tim Fagan ... unit driver
Larry Greer ... driver
Steve Keates ... driver
Paul Langdon ... picture vehicles
Ritchie Miazek ... head driver (as Richard Miazek)
George Palmer ... driver
Ted Zurawel ... driver

Other crew

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Dean Armstrong ... acting coach
Shannon Brand ... assistant to the producers: Amaze Film
Anthony Carovillano ... on-set craft service
Jill Carter ... script supervisor
Emmanuel Denizot ... french subtitles: with Bruno Chevillard
Jane Douglas ... post production accountant
Aaron Horton ... production assistant
Dennis Jacobson ... first assistant accountant
Susan James ... production coordinator
Tam Khuu ... post production accountant
Jane Kim ... production assistant (as Jane G. Kim)
Janice Lee ... publicist
Robin Oliphant ... production financing
Chandra-Li Paul ... accommodation coordinator
Steena Petersen ... on-set craft service
Irene Phelps ... production accountant
Catherine Sample ... assistant production coordinator
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy ... story editor
Vess Stoeva ... third assistant accountant
Beth Sulman ... unit publicist
Sue Valencia ... business and legal affairs
Donald Vermeer ... on-set craft service
Andrea Eisen ... tutor (uncredited)

Thanks

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Mark Daniels ... thanks
Louis DiFlorio ... thanks (as Lou DiFlorio)
Gord Downie ... thanks
Gord Kemp ... thanks
Larry Lawrence ... thanks
Martha Lawrence ... thanks
Gerry McGowan ... thanks
Mary McGowan ... thanks
Evan Solomon ... thanks
Don Souther ... thanks
Myrtle Souther ... thanks
Ryan St. Peters ... thanks
Justin Stephenson ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 a miracle for her to come out of that coma. After two unrelated and somewhat innocent comments made to Ralph by Father Hibbert on prayer, purity and faith and running the Boston Marathon, Ralph believes that that miracle will be him winning the 1954 Boston Marathon for which he only has 180 days to train. To obtain the necessary physical and spiritual requirements to achieve this goal, Ralph receives some help from his friends Claire Collins and Chester Jones, and from one of the hospital's compassionate nurses named Alice. Although he believes Ralph's mission is misguided, Father Hibbert, who has his own secret past running history, becomes Ralph's personal trainer. These actions place Father Hibbert and Ralph at odds with Father Fitzpatrick, who sees his and other authority figures' roles as needing to show Ralph his place in life. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Finding yourself on the starting line of life. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Un miracle pour Ralph (Canada, French title)
  • The Miracle of Saint Ralph (United Kingdom)
  • Saint Ralph - Ich will laufen (Germany)
  • Em Busca de Um Milagre (Portugal)
  • Em Busca De Um Milagre (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Budget CAD6,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 announcer in Hopkinton at the start of the marathon says "Welcome to the 53rd running of the Boston Marathon". The 1954 Marathon would be the 58th running. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #7.24 (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Halleluia Proprium Missae See more »
Quotes Ralph Walker: Father Hibbert...
Father George Hibbert: What is it Mr. Walker?
Ralph Walker: Producing a miracle is possible?
Father George Hibbert: Like flying to the moon is possible, but it's never going to happen...
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