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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 #226 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 123 wins & 141 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Many cast members have been involved in comic book films. Michael Keaton played Batman in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), Mark Ruffalo played Bruce Banner, a.k.a. the Incredible Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Liev Schreiber played Sabertooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), John Slattery played Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Billy Crudup played Dr. Jonathan Osterman in Watchmen (2009), Stanley Tucci played Frank Nitti in Road to Perdition (2002), and Dr. Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Rachel McAdams appeared in Doctor Strange (2016). Michael Keaton played The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). See more »

Goofs

Some of the keyboards and mice on various desks weren't in production when the film takes place, and some didn't even enter production for nearly a decade after the events of the film. For example, the pair on Ben Bradlee's desk were included with Dell desktops released well after 2010. See more »

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[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

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Cocinando Suave
Written by Ray Barretto (as Raymond Barretto)
Performed by Ray Barretto
Courtesy of Fantasy
By arrangement with Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Fantastic Movie Filled with Sadness
28 November 2015 | by boatsfraSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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1.85 : 1
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