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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.


Amir Bar-Lev


Amir Bar-Lev
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Paterno ... Self - Football Coach, Penn State University (archive footage)
Jay Paterno Jay Paterno ... Self - Joe Paterno's Son
Andrew Shubin Andrew Shubin ... Self - Local Attorney
Jerry Sandusky Jerry Sandusky ... Self - Former Football Coach (archive footage)
Matt Sandusky Matt Sandusky ... Self - Jerry Sandusky's Adopted Son
Joe Posnanski Joe Posnanski ... Self - Joe Paterno's Biographer
Scott Paterno Scott Paterno ... Self - Joe Paterno's Son
Sue Paterno Sue Paterno ... Self - Joe Paterno's Wife
Tyler Estright Tyler Estright ... Self - Penn State Class of 2013
Pat Little Pat Little ... Self - Local Photographer
Matt Jordan Matt Jordan ... Self - Film Professor, Penn State University
Dorothy Sandusky Dorothy Sandusky ... Self - Jerry Sandusky's Wife (archive footage)
Michael Pilato Michael Pilato ... Self - Mural Artist
Mark Emmert Mark Emmert ... Self - NCAA President (archive footage)
Lou Prato Lou Prato ... Self - Local Historian


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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Nothing here that wasn't in the news
14 March 2015 | by bobnjuls4See all my reviews

For those wanting to purchase this you need to know that this is nothing more than what has been shown in the media already. As for the composition of media coverage of the entire Sandusky/Penn State events this film is well put together. As for much that wasn't in the media already there isn't much there. If you watched any news or ESPN during the exposure of this little of this film is new. It looks like something that ESPN would put together as a story. I wish I would have know about the content before I paid to watch it on pay per view. It does bring a very nice light on a well respected coach and person, Joe Paterno. Save your money on pay per view and watch it later on regular television.

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