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Happy Valley (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama, Sport | 21 November 2014 (USA)
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A documentary that observes the year after Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child sex abuse charges.

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Amir Bar-Lev

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Amir Bar-Lev
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Paterno ... Himself - Football Coach, Penn State University (archive footage)
Jay Paterno Jay Paterno ... Himself - Joe Paterno's Son
Andrew Shubin Andrew Shubin ... Himself - Local Attorney
Jerry Sandusky Jerry Sandusky ... Himself - Former Football Coach (archive footage)
Matt Sandusky Matt Sandusky ... Himself - Jerry Sandusky's Adopted Son
Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski ... Himself - Joe Paterno's Biographer
Scott Paterno Scott Paterno ... Himself - Joe Paterno's Son
Sue Paterno Sue Paterno ... Herself - Joe Paterno's Wife
Tyler Estright Tyler Estright ... Himself - Penn State Class of 2013
Pat Little Pat Little ... Himself - Local Photographer
Matt Jordan Matt Jordan ... Himself - Film Professor, Penn State University
Dorothy Sandusky Dorothy Sandusky ... Herself - Jerry Sandusky's Wife (archive footage)
Michael Pilato Michael Pilato ... Himself - Mural Artist
Mark Emmert Mark Emmert ... Himself - NCAA President (archive footage)
Lou Prato Lou Prato ... Himself - Local Historian
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The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, has long been known as Happy Valley, and its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, the head coach of the school's storied football team. His program was lauded for not only its success on the field but also its students' achievements in the classroom. And Paterno took on mythic national stature as "Saint Joe." But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Longtime Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse, setting off a firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect the children of Happy Valley. Was Sandusky's abuse an "open secret" in the town? Did Coach Paterno and the Penn State administration value their football program more than the lives of Sandusky's victims? Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky's arrest as key players in the scandal agreed to share their stories, Happy Valley deconstructs the story we think we know to uncover a much ... Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pædofiliskandalen i Happy Valley See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,047, 23 November 2014

Gross USA:

$23,868

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,868
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Interesting perspective on hero worship and denial
11 June 2015 | by bobou-513-708245See all my reviews

A well done documentary about how people react when the people and things they believe in turn out to be an illusion. Being from the 'liberal west coast', I've never understood how football could possibly reach the level of reverence it enjoys elsewhere. But here it is in all its glory... supported by hoards who seem more concerned with sportsball than anything else in their lives -- including justice for abused kids. Well okay, maybe they care for the kids as long as the football games don't stop and no one attacks their coach. For without football, we are nothing.

In all fairness, the documentary did include representatives from the non-reverent point of view. But it's witnessing the reactions of people who have so much invested in a sport that has achieved cult status, as well as the mechanics of group think, that make this an interesting doc. A good study in the sort of self-righteous mentality that starts wars. But who am I judge? I'm a west coast liberal. I'd rather do almost anything else than watch football.


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