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Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

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Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

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Amy Berg

Writer:

Amy Berg
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Adam Adam ... Himself
Jeff Anderson Jeff Anderson ... Himself
Pope Benedict XVI ... Himself (archive footage)
Monsignor Cain Monsignor Cain ... Himself (archive footage)
Case Degroot Case Degroot ... Himself
Jane Degroot Jane Degroot ... Herself
Thomas Doyle Thomas Doyle ... Himself (as Father Tom Doyle)
Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea ... Herself - Psychologist (as Dr. Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea)
Bill Hodgman Bill Hodgman ... Himself - LA Deputy DA
Anne Jyono Anne Jyono ... Herself
Bob Jyono Bob Jyono ... Himself
Maria Jyono Maria Jyono ... Herself
Frank Keating Frank Keating ... Himself
Roger Mahony Roger Mahony ... Himself (as Cardinal Roger Mahony)
John Manly John Manly ... Himself - Attorney for the Jyonos
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Storyline

Former Catholic priest Oliver O'Grady - Father Ollie in more familiar circumstances - talks about his life as priest, including what he saw as his many failings in that role. Although not stating it as one of those failings, he also speaks about the sexual abuse of minors, both girls and boys, in his role as a priest, where his victims number in the hundreds covering approximately two decades in Central California, with his youngest known victim being nine months old. He admits that he spent as much time planning his abuses, which included gaining the confidences of parents sometimes also in sexual means, than he did with actual ministering. A handful of his victims and their support networks speak of how the abuse was able to happen, how it has negatively affected their collective lives to this day (while Father Ollie walks seemingly happy a free man in his native Ireland), and how they are trying to regain their faith in a holistic manner. Experts talk about how items specific to ... Written by Huggo

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For some there's no such thing as salvation. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Anithikos peirasmos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,656, 15 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,577,122, 8 August 2014
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Production Co:

Disarming Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Bob Jyono: I made up my mind. There is no God. I do not believe in a God, all right? All these rules, everything... they're made up by man, you know?
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #10.1 (2013) See more »

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Hallelujah
Written by Leonard Cohen, BMI
Courtesy of Sony / ATV Songs LLC, BMI
Performed by Joseph Arthur
Copyright (c) 2006 Joseph Arthur
By Arrangement with 14th Floor Records & Warner Strategic Marketing UK
Copyright (c) 1995 Sony / ATV Songs LLC
Used by permission
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Gripping, Disturbing and Not to be Missed
1 December 2006 | by JaymaySee all my reviews

In my opinion, this film is a front-runner for the Oscar for Best Documentary for 2006.

It's absolutely riveting. If you are a fan of "Silence of the Lambs," you should see this because Oliver O'Grady is just as chilling as Hannibal Lecter -- more so because he is real. Filmmaker Amy Berg did a news piece on O'Grady, a Catholic priest who raped dozens -- possibly hundreds -- of children in California. On a whim, she called him in his exile in Ireland and got him to agree to an extensive three day interview. It is a confession unlike any other.

On one level, Deliver Us From Evil is a righteous indictment of the Catholic Church: its inaction, its enabling, its bureaucracy, its male-dominated backwardness.

At the same time, the film is a profile of some incredibly decent people: Catholic parents and children who were victims in this rampage. Their character is inspiring -- their pain is as raw as anything you will ever see on film.

Finally, it's the study about the way a psychopath can play every human emotion to his own advantage.

There is Hell to pay for this man's sins. And some victims are living that hell every day.


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