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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

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Amy Berg
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Cast

Credited cast:
Adam Adam ... Self
Jeff Anderson Jeff Anderson ... Self
Pope Benedict XVI ... Self (archive footage)
Monsignor Cain Monsignor Cain ... Self (archive footage)
Case Degroot Case Degroot ... Self
Jane Degroot Jane Degroot ... Self
Thomas Doyle Thomas Doyle ... Self (as Father Tom Doyle)
Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea ... Self - Psychologist (as Dr. Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea)
Bill Hodgman Bill Hodgman ... Self - LA Deputy DA
Anne Jyono Anne Jyono ... Self
Bob Jyono Bob Jyono ... Self
Maria Jyono Maria Jyono ... Self
Frank Keating Frank Keating ... Self
Roger Mahony Roger Mahony ... Self (as Cardinal Roger Mahony)
John Manly John Manly ... Self - Attorney for the Jyonos
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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 the victims, there's no such thing as salvation. See more »

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Documentary | Crime

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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

Gross USA:

$201,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$327,205
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Disarming Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This nominated for the Oscar for best documentary, it lost to An Inconvenient Truth See more »

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Himself - Theologean: The bishops have known that bishops, priests, and deacons have been sexually abusing children since the fourth century, and it's been a severe major, major problem, and they've never really been able to curb it. Basically, you have a sexualized priesthood, it's been sexualized for years, that looks at child sexual abuse no different than it does if you're having sex with a woman. Because it's all a violation of clerical celibacy.
Herself - Psychologist: If all sex by definition was bad sex because you weren't supposed...
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Time Jesum Transeuntum et Non Revertentum
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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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