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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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Rich Christiano
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gavin MacLeod ... Jonathan Sperry
Jansen Panettiere ... Dustin
Robert Guillaume ... Mr. Barnes
Frankie Ryan Manriquez ... Albert
Allen Isaacson Allen Isaacson ... Mark
Taylor Boggan Taylor Boggan ... Nick
Mary Jean Bentley ... Mrs. Sharp (as Mary Jean McAdams)
Bailey Garno ... Tanya
Kristina Jewell ... Sally
Cameron Bloomer Cameron Bloomer ... Roy
Tommy Pasko Tommy Pasko ... Larry
Eva Mancarella Eva Mancarella ... Girl in diner
Dina Corsetti Dina Corsetti ... Waitress
Peter Doyle Peter Doyle ... Preacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hayley Lown Hayley Lown ... Girl in Restaurant
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What he teaches you...will last forever.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Frankie Ryan Manriquez who plays Albert was his last film role. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Sperry challenges the boys to form a chain stretching from a tree to a $5 bill he places on a picnic table (at around 1h), shots from behind the boys show half the table in sunlight, while the reverse shots (which had to be shot on a different day) show the table completely in shadows. See more »

Connections

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

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Aces Up
Performed by Mike Murray
Written by ML Murray
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Highly Recommend This Film
18 September 2009 | by CodeManBobSee all my reviews

I saw a pre-release version about two months ago. As a fan of movies with car chases, explosions, and superhuman exploits, I did not expect to really get into this movie.

The story deals with the relationships between characters in a small town in 1970 and feels like a coming-of-age movie as a young man and his friends deal with a childhood crush on a young lady. The boy-meets-girl subplot is a slight of hand before the real plot unfolds. And the resolution of one of the other subplots is the final coup de grace of the film.

I found the film moving and well worth watching...again.

The film opens today in limited release. My family and I are going to see it.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Hist√≥rias de Jonathan Sperry See more »

Filming Locations:

Brockport, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$258,400, 20 September 2009

Gross USA:

$1,355,079

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,355,079
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Christiano Film Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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