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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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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Break the story. Break the silence. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

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

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Early on, Baron refers to falling circulation, citing competition from other forms of media, including the Internet. This is reinforced in the scene in which Bradlee calls in all the reporters to watch the televised news of the 911 attacks as it was being broadcast live. The fact is that everyone who was at home that morning turned on their televisions and everyone who was at work jumped on the internet to follow breaking reports as well as live-streaming video reports via the handful of sources available at the time, such as MSNBC. As for newspaper subscribers, most had to wait for the following morning to read reports, although some papers put out special editions that were home-delivered. The sole advantage of the newspapers was that they could include not just text but maps and charts that they could refer to as they read the articles. Meanwhile, the Internet could provide the same and beyond that, it was being continuously updated plus there were hundreds of news sources that were instantly available over the Internet. The fact is that the 911 attacks highlighted the value of the Internet over newspapers. This was a pivotal moment that saw the fortunes of newspapers begin to fall precipitously. Within two years, most newspapers did not only shrink in page count, but physically as well, with very few continuing with the classic "broadsheet" format of 23.5" × 29.5". See more »

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Ben Bradlee jokingly claims to be the Archbishop of Canterbury when Mike is spooked and asks who is at his door. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the head of the Church of England, and would likely have little interest in protecting the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church. 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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Al Fresco
Written and Performed by Tom Keane
Courtesy of Masonmack Music Inc.
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Super film
29 March 2016 | by mrshevSee all my reviews

It won best film, deservedly so. This is a film that resonated with me long after I watched it. The complicated tale of the investigation of paedophile priests in Boston and the publication of it is told in riveting fashion by Tom Macarthy who does not waste a frame or a scene to anything less than the plot or character development. I never felt the running time or in any way disbelieved any of the actors in their portrayals.

Keaton seems to be on a total roll at the moment and he is excellent as the head of Spotlight but the whole ensemble seemed to put in a real shift. This felt like a documentary at times and I could feel the audience around me leaning forward as each new revelation is uttered.

Just brilliant.


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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

Gross USA:

$45,055,776

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,690,254
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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