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Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 June 2015 (Italy)
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A documentary looking at the inner-workings of the Church of Scientology.

Director:

Alex Gibney

Writers:

Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright (book)
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Haggis ... Himself
Jason Beghe ... Himself
Spanky Taylor Spanky Taylor ... Herself
David Miscavige ... Himself (archive footage)
John Travolta ... Himself (archive footage)
Tom Cruise ... Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Wright Lawrence Wright ... Himself
L. Ron Hubbard ... Himself (archive footage)
Marjorie Cameron Marjorie Cameron ... Herself (archive footage)
Mike Rinder ... Himself
Tony Ortega Tony Ortega ... Himself
Antony A. Phillips Antony A. Phillips ... Himself (archive footage)
Hana Whitfield Hana Whitfield ... Herself (as Hana Eltringham Whitfield)
Kim Masters Kim Masters ... Herself
Sara Goldberg Sara Goldberg ... Herself
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A devastating two hour documentary based on Lawrence Wright's book of the same name. Scientology is laid bare by a film that skilfully knits together archive footage, testimonials from former high ranking officials and public, and dramatic reconstructions.

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

HBO Documentary Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2015 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Going Clear See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Church has a specially devoted YouTube channel called Freedom Media & Ethics and a web site called STANDLEAGUE to fight off and answer to accusations similar as ones in this film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 8 mins) When Paul Haggis is discussing his beginnings with the church, a clip is shown claiming to be "London, Ontario." What is actually shown is a view of downtown Hamilton, Ontario, looking east from King Street and James Street. The bus clearly reads "West Hamilton". Also visible: Woolworth's, the Wright House, and Gore Park - downtown Hamilton landmarks. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Wright: Scientology really is a journey into the mind of L. Ron Hubbard and the further you get into it the more like L. Ron Hubbard you become.
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Connections

References The Next Three Days (2010) See more »

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Bohemian Rhapsody
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Written by Freddie Mercury
Performed by Queen
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Important documentary on the anatomy of paranoia
31 March 2015 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

There are a number of documentaries about this having accumulated since the 60s, but the phenomenon is that each new documentary reveals new more shocking facts about the business and its mentality than the previous ones, apparently because the material is still accumulating. There is very much important data from earlier documentaries missing here, many key persons are left out of the picture, which nevertheless is completed by the new ones appearing, corroborating all previous testimonies. It's a vitally important documentary, most of all because in the world society we are living in today so many, if not the majority of people, are not aware that it is an age of brainwash, and they still haven't learned to protect themselves against it. What you marvel at in this documentary, which many of the participants honestly do, is that they keep swallowing the racket for years before they can bring themselves to accept that they have been swindled, in most cases of their lives, which they don't realize until their lives are lost or completely devastated. In an effort to concentrate on the good things in Scientology I wrote an article some years back where I posed the open question - what went wrong? Apparently everything went wrong from the beginning, the founder having no self-criticism and no objective distance to what he was doing, but simply himself first of all falling a victim to the delusions of his own science fiction fantasies. Of course, there must be something good in Scientology, there must be a corn of truth in it somewhere, but whatever once was good and even of some worthwhile philosophical common sense and rational wisdom was flooded by the bolting derailing vicious circle of greed fueled by unrestricted paranoia, the constant validation of which seems to be the very substance and force of the organization.


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