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Our Fathers (2005)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 May 2005
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A dramatized account of the hidden sexual abuse and scandal that shook the foundation of the Catholic Church, and the characters, events, and policies that brought the abuse and scandal into existence.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

David France (book), Thomas Michael Donnelly (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Mitchell Garabedian
Christopher Plummer ... Cardinal Bernard Law
Brian Dennehy ... Father Dominic Spagnolia
Daniel Baldwin ... Angelo DeFranco
Ellen Burstyn ... Mary Ryan
Kenneth Welsh ... Bishop Murphy
Will Lyman ... Wilson Rogers Jr.
Wayne Best ... Father Doyle
Colin Fox ... Daniel Kibbe
James Aaron Oliver ... Patrick McSorley (as James Oliver)
Jan Rubes ... Pope John Paul
Steven Shaw ... John J. Geoghan
Damien Atkins Damien Atkins ... Young Geoghan
Hugh Thompson ... Tom Blanchette
Aidan Devine ... Bernie McDaid
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Storyline

In the 1970s and 1980s a scandal was brewing in the Boston diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Pedophile priests, especially Father John Geoghan, were sexually molesting young boys. Although the Cardinal at the time, Bernard Law, was made aware of the evil acts committed by Geoghan & other priests, he sided with the priests and quietly moved them from one church to the next, and kept the matter a secret from the authorities. Years later, the victims start to come forward, and a lawyer sues Cardinal Law & the diocese for hiding the crimes from the authorities. Cardinal Law arrogantly defends his behavior, and refuses to resign. Meanwhile, Father Geoghan is found guilty and sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Will the Cardinal resign now...or continue to try to hold onto his position? Written by medic249a2

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Taglines:

The catholic church in an age of scandal.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, including some graphic depictions of sexual abuse | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Showtime [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escândalo Oculto See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 14,340,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dan Curtis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end of the film Cardinal Bernard Law ( Christopher Plummer ) watches the movie Becket (1964) starring Richard Burton. Plummer had starred in the original stage production of Becket alongside Burton. See more »

Quotes

Angelo DeFranco: Why did this happen to me?
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Plummer, Dennehy, and Cast are Superb!
21 May 2005 | by lavatchSee all my reviews

Much credit should go to David France and Thomas Michael Donnelly for the book and screenplay for "Our Fathers." The delicate subject matter of pedophilia in the Catholic church and the years of cover-up of the abuses in the hierarchy of the Boston diocese were handled with great sensitivity.

Every note of the film rang true, which was due in large part to the stellar cast. Christopher Plummer as Cardinal Law and Brian Dennehy as Father Spagnolia were both standouts. But the smaller roles were noteworthy as well, especially the adult men who were the abuse victims. The long-term effects of the abuse were vividly conveyed by those actors, who played their roles with great feeling and conviction. Ted Danson was very effective as an attorney motivated by the pursuit of justice, as opposed to greed. Even the actor who was faced with the daunting task of playing the late Pope John Paul II was highly credible. This brilliant ensemble was led skillfully under the sensitive direction of Dan Curtis.

This could have been a run-of-the-mill, lurid made-for-television film. Instead, it was an enterprise created with integrity by all of the artists involved.


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