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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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Tom McCarthy
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Top Rated Movies #212 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 123 wins & 141 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Mike Rezendes
Michael Keaton ... Walter 'Robby' Robinson
Rachel McAdams ... Sacha Pfeiffer
Liev Schreiber ... Marty Baron
John Slattery ... Ben Bradlee Jr.
Brian d'Arcy James ... Matt Carroll
Stanley Tucci ... Mitchell Garabedian
Elena Wohl ... Barbara
Gene Amoroso ... Steve Kurkjian
Doug Murray ... Peter Canellos
Sharon McFarlane ... Helen Donovan
Jamey Sheridan ... Jim Sullivan
Neal Huff ... Phil Saviano
Billy Crudup ... Eric Macleish
Robert B. Kennedy ... Court Clerk Mark
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spotlight See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$295,009, 8 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,055,776

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,275,238
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It struck some viewers as anachronistic that in this movie, very soon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, some characters were already referring to them as "9/11". However, the term "9/11" was used almost immediately after the attacks. For example, on September 13, 2001, the New York Times announced The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund, a special campaign to raise money for the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center. See more »

Goofs

When Rezendes is riding a cab while talking on a phone, his cab passes the same red Subaru Forester multiple times parked at different locations. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Cop: How's that going?
Court Clerk Mark: Mother's bawlin' 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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Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Hateful Eight/The Ridiculous 6 (2016) See more »

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Cornucopia
Written and Performed by Tom Keane
Courtesy of Masonmack Music Inc.
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I Remembered Why I love Movies
21 January 2016 | by lord_ashourSee all my reviews

Throughout the year I watched many movies and by the middle of the year I was finding it hard to watch a movie. I really had to force my self. I thought my love for movies is dying and I'm more of a TV person now.

I was wrong.

This movie (and the big short) proved to me that it wasn't me, it was actually the movies I've seen this year.

This movie has it's flaws for sure. But the acting, script, direction, design and pace of the movie adds a lot to an already strong and heart breaking story. I was on the edge of my seat and even after the movie ended I couldn't move for a while.

A well made film that I recommend to any drama fan. It certainly helped me find my love for movies again.

Even with it's flaws I give it a 9.5


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