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Spotlight (2015)

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The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike Rezendes
... Walter 'Robby' Robinson
... Sacha Pfeiffer
... Marty Baron
... Ben Bradlee Jr.
... Matt Carroll
... Mitchell Garabedian
... Barbara
... Steve Kurkjian
... Peter Canellos
... Helen Donovan
... Jim Sullivan
... Phil Saviano
... Eric Macleish
... Court Clerk Mark
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When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Written by Open Road

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Break the story. Break the silence. See more »

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Rated R for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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20 November 2015 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$295,009, 8 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,055,776

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,191,352
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Tom McCarthy cast Jamey Sheridan due to his performance in Syriana (2005), where Sheridan played McCarthy's boss. See more »

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When Mike Rezendes interviews Patrick, the position of Patrick's hands alternates between open and clenched, depending on the camera angle. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Cop: How's that going?
Court Clerk Mark: Mother's ballin' and the uncle is pissed off.
Young Cop: She's not married?
Court Clerk Mark: Divorced, with 4 kids. I guess the Father was helping out.
Young Cop: Helping out?
Court Clerk Mark: ...Hey, Mr. Burke, they're in the back talking to the Bishop.
Paul Burke: [entering] And Father?
Court Clerk Mark: We put him in the break room.
Paul Burke: Any press?
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References Network (1976) See more »

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It Could've Been You
25 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

I've rated almost a hundred movies and I've only ever given out six 10s on this website. I don't rave about many movies and I am tough to please when it comes to film, but this film is absolute brilliance. It is flawless. This one earns its 10 and it is one of the best films I have ever seen.

Everything about this film is brilliant. The camera work is great and the score is underrated. However, what makes this film is an absolutely genius screenplay that is acted to perfection. This script will rock your world. I am not Catholic. I didn't grow up in a deeply Catholic area, but this film still affected me greatly. Everyone should see this movie for that reason. That is something that you have to see for yourself.

However, I'd like to focus a little more on the technical aspects. Beyond the fact that the subject matter is heavy and extremely important to American and world culture, this movie does everything else right. The acting is absolutely phenomenal. This is particularly true for Ruffalo and McAdams. I adore the subtlety with which they both act. It is brilliant. There isn't much more to say. This film is pure brilliance from its opening frame to its closing moment. For both cinematic and cultural reasons, this is a film that every person should see.


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