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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 Bailey Garno ... Tanya
Kristina Jewell 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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Histórias 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,355,079, 9 May 2010
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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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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 »

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

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Written and performed by B. Schleifer
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Amazing
1 October 2009 | by RNHunterSee all my reviews

This movie is amazing. In many ways today it is more scary than the saw movie series and I for one cannot believe it was even made. It is a wholesome movie that sometimes focuses on people being nice to each other.

It should sometimes surprise us that a wholesome movie with some religious content makes us more uncomfortable at least in the movie beginnings than the slasher movies or saw movies or the like. We have been programmed I believe to think that movies like this are square or out of date, or just not cool or with it. So there is a tendency to want to hide your face at the start of the movie and slink to the door hoping no one will see you.

But if you brave it out, and yes, you can even hold hands in the scary parts, you might find something unique. You might find the movie touching, and you might even want to cry a little, yes, even if you are a male. And at the end you might ask, why is it again that we are so afraid to be nice to other humans or watch movies that show that? Maybe if we give it a chance, and this movie a chance, being nice to each other might just catch on.


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