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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
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Cast

Credited cast:
Adam Adam ... Himself
Jeff Anderson Jeff Anderson ... Himself
Pope Benedict XVI 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

Moving from one parish to another in Northern California during the 1970s, Father Oliver O'Grady quickly won each congregation's trust and respect. Unbeknownst to them, O'Grady was a dangerously active paedophile that Church hierarchy, aware of his predilection, had harbored for over 30 years, allowing him to abuse countless children. Juxtaposing an extended, deeply unsettling interview with O'Grady himself with the tragic stories of his victims, filmmaker Amy Berg bravely exposes the deep corruption of the Catholic Church and the troubled mind of the man they sheltered. Written by Production

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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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Pyramids
Written and Performed by Joseph Arthur
Copyright (c) 2006 Joseph Arthur
By Arrangement with 14th Floor Records & Warner Strategic Marketing UK
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A truly outstanding documentary
7 December 2007 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This is a documentary to expose the sexual abuse done by catholic clergymen to children, and to expose the subsequent systematic cover up done by the church.

Due to the disturbing nature of the film, it is hard not to judge it without reference to morals. It is wrong to abuse children. I never imagined the extent of betrayal and deceit in the catholic priests' scandal. It is shocking, scary and disgusting.

Talking about the film proper, I think it is very nicely done. How Jyono's family turns from support to anger is touchingly portrayed. Putting Nancy's trauma with Jyono's support seem to give a balanced picture of the situation. That is, until later, when the truth is revealed. Anne Jyono's trauma is central to the film, because Anne still has faith despite all the wrongs done to her. The most heartbreaking scene in the film is when Anne breaks down after hearing her father lost faith and announces that "There is no God".

With the actual convict also appearing to give interview, I find "Deliver Us From Evil" the most convincing and truthful. It is sad to see that O'Grady's guilt is very superficial.

A truly outstanding film is able to evokes a plethora of emotions. Especially sadness, disgust, sympathy. "Deliver Us From Evil" is able to do all these. It seamlessly takes viewers into a journey of trauma and despair of the victims; the guilt of the family members for being to trusting; deceit and ruthless lies to cover things up.

The other brave souls, who overcome all the obstacles and let the world know about these heinous crimes, are remarkable. The people who funded and worked on this film are remarkable. They face an insurmountable giant and they are not afraid to speak out. They need to let the world know. This film is shocking, touching and saddening. It breaks my heart to see hundreds of thousands of lives wrecked by their trusted authority figure. I hope "Deliver Us From Evil" will deliver children away from evil.


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