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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:
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 »

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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,055,776

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,191,352
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is described as in the vein of the classic journalism film All the President's Men (1976). See more »

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When Sacha and Joe Crowley are walking, they pass a Synagogue with a Star of David window pane. Later, Crowley says they are in front of a church and the tree covers the Star of David. 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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If there were 90 of these bastards, people would know.
25 February 2016 | by lastliberal-853-253708See all my reviews

It is no secret that I left the Church for many years after they failed to deal with the abuse scandal. Like the Globe personnel, I had no idea of the scope of the problem. I was just angry that those responsible had gotten away with it.

The Globe thought this story was worthwhile when they had uncovered 13 priests that abused children. When they discovered it was closer to 90, they were shocked. The eventual number in Boston was 186! This is not surprising when it is estimated that 50% of all priests are not celibate.

Mark Ruffalo was amazing in this film, and Rachel McAdams was superb. Neither will likely win awards in a year of fantastic performances, but there is a chance the film may steal an Oscar. It would be a great thing.

The film was very difficult for a Catholic to watch, but it was definitely worth it. Unlike the recent documentary, Mea Maxima Culpa, it focused on the Globe and the story, and not the abuse.


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