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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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Truck Stop
Written and performed by B. Schleifer
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The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
29 May 2010 | by radioflyer68See all my reviews

Here you're going to read a lot of unfair commentary on this film that is largely based on hatred of basic Christian values. That's come to be expected and that point is even made in the film. If you want to be entertained by a family friendly comedy about a kid who learns a valuable life lesson(in an unexpected way) without having to worry about the obligatory negatives of the average theatrical release then you won't be disappointed. I think you'll find as I did a great story and surprisingly professional grade acting among the young cast members and outstanding performances among the senior members. I was surprised by the quality of this film and I expect you will be too.


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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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