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The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry (2008)

PG | | Drama | 18 September 2009 (USA)
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A wise old Christian man imparts Biblical truths to three boys during the summer of 1970.

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Jonathan Sperry
... Dustin
... Mr. Barnes
... Albert
Allen Isaacson ... Mark
Taylor Boggan ... Nick
... Mrs. Sharp (as Mary Jean McAdams)
Bailey Garno ... Tanya
Kristina Jewell ... Sally
Cameron Bloomer ... Roy
Tommy Pasko ... Larry
Eva Mancarella ... Girl in diner
Dina Corsetti ... Waitress
Peter Doyle ... Preacher
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Hayley Lown ... Girl in Restaurant
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In 1970 a 75-year-old man named Jonathan Sperry starts mentoring three boys - Dustin, Albert, and Mark - to follow the Lord. Written by Anonymous

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What he teaches you...will last forever.

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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18 September 2009 (USA)  »

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As Histórias de Jonathan Sperry  »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$258,400, 20 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,355,079, 9 May 2010
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Trivia

Director Rich Christiano mentioned "Before we showed this movie in theaters, we first screened it in some Christian film festivals, and the first one we ever showed this movie at was in Boston ..." (at 36:13 in 'Behind the Secrets of Jonathan Sperry'). That was The Merrimack Valley Christian Film Festival in Lawerence, 29 miles north of Boston (3/16/2008-3/23/2008). Rich Christiano also refers to this screening at 25:07 in the DVD commentary, saying the film "wasn't even finished yet." See more »

Goofs

While the movie was set in 1970, the "Nip-It" pinball machine shown in the diner was not manufactured until 1973. See more »

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Referenced in The Comfort Zone: Mother God?! (2013) See more »

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Don't Know Why I Love You
Performed by LPJ
Written by Laurie Grant, Joe Seabe, Paul Kulvicki and Tony Howard
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Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
28 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I decided to give this movie a try and went in with an open mind. I usually love to watch scary movies, but some friends who I was with at the time aren't into scary movies and we went in to see Jonathan Sperry.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and really touched by this film. Gavin MacLeod did a wonderful job as well as the three boys who played friends in the movie, but I have to say one particular guy stood out in this movie for me. Taylor Boggan, the guy who played Nick the bully, did an amazing job. The emotions he displayed, especially the scene when he was in the bedroom crying to God to help him, brought out emotions in me I never knew I had. He made you feel the pain that his character was feeling, it was such a powerful scene for him to have pulled off beautifully. I know we will be seeing more of this kid, and he is going to be recognized very soon as the strong talented actor he is, he has a great future going for him.

This film whether you are religious or not, tugs at your heart, it makes you want to be a better person. It's a shame because I think a lot of people won't give this film a try because they will think of it as just some religious movie, but it is so much more than that. It is really a coming of age story about three boys, who are tormented by a bully, who is in so much pain emotionally that he takes it out on those around him. And in enters Jonathan Sperry, the one man who sees through his pain and helps him overcome it. He brings these boys together, through his love, patience and teachings, and in the end they are all a lot stronger and more forgiving of one another. This movie has everything, laughter, tears and excitement. I really am glad I decided to give this movie a try, it is well worth it!!!


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