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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 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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The true story behind the scandal that shook the world. See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

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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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A framed photo of Walter Robinson's real-life daughter, Jessica, taken in 2000, is beside Michael Keaton's desk in the film. Beside that is a framed photo of Keaton with his arm around Elena Wohl, who plays his wife, Barbara. See more »

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At least two times, Mr. Rezendes can be seen drinking a bottle of "New England Style IPA". That kind of beer was not produced before the start of 2010s. 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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Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, 3rd mvmt: Allegro
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as Johann Bach)
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Fantastic Movie Filled with Sadness
28 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Going into the theater to see Spotlight, I had read the rave reviews and knew I was in for something special. This movie did not disappoint! Being from Boston, this movie really made me think about my life growing up, as a lot of "what ifs" came to mind. "What if" I went to church every Sunday..."what if" I was gullible enough to have a priest lure me into his lair. Spotlight goes straight to the heart of this amazingly sad (and apparently never-ending) saga of the Catholic church and the amount of abuse priests have inflicted on hundreds of victims. The acting is all-around fantastic, from Mr. Keaton to some actors that I am not familiar with, which is an aspect of this fine movie that makes it so profound. Tense throughout, I was saddened to hear that this abuse is an epidemic and probably will never be stopped. The exclamation point was when a member of the audience stood up and told the rest of us "...I am a survivor..." WOW...


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