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Saint of 9/11 (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 27 April 2006 (USA)
Saint of 9/11 presents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal Judge. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, a beloved Fire Department ... See full summary »

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Glenn Holsten
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Credited cast:
Ian McKellen ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Boes Larry Boes ... Self
Everald Brathwaite Everald Brathwaite ... Self
Thomas Paul Carey Thomas Paul Carey ... Self (as Brother Tom Carey)
Brian Carroll Brian Carroll ... Self
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Hillary Clinton ... Self (archive footage) (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Brendan Fay Brendan Fay ... Self
Mychal Judge Mychal Judge ... Self (archive footage)
Patrick Kowalski Patrick Kowalski ... Self
Mary Lanning Mary Lanning ... Self
Patricia Lewsley Patricia Lewsley ... Self
Malachy McCourt ... Self
Eugene McMenamin Eugene McMenamin ... Self
John J. McNeill John J. McNeill ... Self (as John McNeill)
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Saint of 9/11 presents the turbulent, restless, spiritual and remarkable journey of Father Mychal Judge. Compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, a beloved Fire Department Chaplain, rousing Irish-American balladeer and iconoclast, Father wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in powerful and miraculous ways. Mychal Judge knew the pain of loss and suffering. He struggled with alcoholism and was an outspoken AA advocate. Father Judge was a gay man who loved his priestly work. Saint of 9/11 portrays Mychal's life as a spiritual adventure and an honest embrace of life, where alcoholism and sexuality were acknowledged. Saint of 9/11 is the story of a life's journey interrupted. Inspired by his life, the documentary embraces Mychal's full humanity. Written by Equality Forum

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The life of Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain, FDNY.

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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Requiem Op. 48
By Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Schola Cantorum of Oxford
Conducted by Jeremy Summerly
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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Moving documentary about one truly good man
19 September 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

The life of Franciscan Friar Mychal Judge is celebrated in this moving documentary. Mychal Judge was New York City Fire Department Chaplin and he died on the collapse of the Twin Towers. More a friendly look back at the man than a deep probing expose this is the kind of memorial that everyone of us would love to get but very few of use do, and even less of us deserve. There is no doubt that Judge deserves it. Here is a man who ministered to not only the firemen of New York but also the sick, the homeless and the outcast. He did what he felt was the right thing no matter how the church felt simply because he "knew" thats what Christ would have done. Its a wonderful story told mostly by his friends with a little assist from Ian McKellan as the narrator and the voice of Father Judge.

If the film has any flaw its simply that its too in love with its subject. He is, for lack of a better term, a saint with almost no flaws. Anything that might be considered a flaw, say his alcoholism or his homosexuality, are beaten back with a mere waive of his hand, or so it seems. Its a nice thing to celebrate the man, but his "perfection" becomes trying.

Still this is a very good documentary. If you need proof that not all men are evil, this is the film to see.


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Language:

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27 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,680, 10 September 2006

Gross USA:

$7,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,137
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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