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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.

Director:

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

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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

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

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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An unexpected gem!
29 August 2010 | by allemania_akSee all my reviews

Our family watched The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry last night and each one of us thought it was an absolutely wonderful movie. We have had this film in our Netflix Watch Instantly queue ever since Netflix acquired it, but had never taken time to watch it. When we decided to watch it as a family last night, my 11-year-old son balked and said it looked like it would be "boring", but even he was brought to unexpected tears and smiles here and there throughout (as were the rest of us); and at the end he was the first to say what a great movie this was and that "we really need to buy this". The main theme that stood out to me in this film was the impact that one person could have on so many other people's lives, especially if they truly live what they profess to believe. I highly recommend this heart-felt, family-friendly, thought-provoking film.


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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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