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The Secret Scripture (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 13 October 2017 (USA)
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A woman keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital.


Jim Sheridan


Sebastian Barry (based on the novel by), Jim Sheridan | 1 more credit »
4,460 ( 170)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Rooney Mara ... Rose
Aidan Turner ... Jack Conroy
Theo James ... Father Gaunt
Eric Bana ... Dr. Grene
Vanessa Redgrave ... Lady Rose
Jack Reynor ... Michael McNulty
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor ... McCabe
Susan Lynch ... Nurse
Adrian Dunbar ... Dr. Hart
Pauline McLynn ... Anne McCartney
Omar Sharif Jr. ... Daniel O'Brien
Laurence O'Fuarain ... Detective
Charlie Kelly ... Beau
Elva Trill ... Pregnant Woman
Aisling O'Sullivan Aisling O'Sullivan ... Eleanor Prunty


Roseanne McNulty must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she's called home for over 50 years. The hospital's psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene, is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne's seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne's past, we see her as a young woman, whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt's café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot, and that a local priest fell tragically in love with her. Written by AnonymousB

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At the end of your life, what will you remember? See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tss See more »

Filming Locations:

County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1 Anamorphic
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Did You Know?


The name Joe Brady is the same name as Pierce Brosnan's character in the film "The Nephew" which he produced himself through Irish Dreamtime See more »


When Michael prepares to leave Rose and re-join the war, he dresses in his formal uniform and prepares to go. But he hasn't shaved, which is part of the look of the actor who plays him (Jack Reynor) and not "regulation" for the services during World War II. See more »


Dr. William Grene: How do you feel?
Lady Rose: Like someone took my soul.
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A shocking tale of abuse
9 October 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a psychiatrist in Ireland, who is sent to a hospital by the Church to evaluate a woman who has been locked up in a psychiatric hospital for the past 40 years.

"The Secret Scripture" begins very slowly, and for a while I thought it wanted to be "The Notebook". It turned out not to be the case, as the plot unfolded to become a shocking story of power abuse. How the perpetrator was capable of doing such inhuman things was simply beyond me. How he lived with his conscience for 40 years was shocking as well. I managed to guess the ending before the obvious clues were given, but seeing such a satisfactory ending drove me to tears. It was really touching to see the ending, even though justice arrived in an untimely manner.

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